“Beauty Recovery Room” by Ji Yeo
Plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture, often regarded as a integral step in the in self improvement process. Going under the knife, enduring bruises, scars, and being under general anesthetic several times are no longer considered risky or extravagant. They have all had multiple procedures and have plans for future augmentation. The photos were taken directly after their operation while they were resting and waiting to be healed.
It is a culture where men are judged on their financial balance sheet and women by their beauty. The male-dominated media endlessly reinforces its model of the ideal woman. As a result of these cultural forces Korea has become a beauty-oriented society where people are judged more for their appearance than their character. Korean women, often fall into the trap of trying to live up to the ideal personified in the media.
This is a showcase of original photography by Ji Yeo, a photography student pursuing her Masters degree at Rhode Island School of Design. This collection includes twelve incredibly provoking images of Korean women fresh out of the operation room, capturing the indescribable physical pain and mental distress they must be struggling through in order to achieve the guaranteed advantage in Korea’s extremely demanding society.
You can view the rest of the slideshow here, but be warned they are potential triggers for issues of body image and self-esteem. You can also read the rest of this project’s statement here (same link as above).Please take the time to browse through the rest of Ji Yeo’s website as well.
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