Recently on Theqoo forum, a Korean netizen – under the perspective of international fans – has listed 8 Korean beauty standards for Kpop idols.
Porcelain white skin
High and straight nose bridge
Perfectly aligned teeth
This person stated that most Korean fans are too obsessed with these fixed beauty traits, and Kpop stars are expected to tick as many boxes of the 8 criterias above as possible, or else they cannot be considered attractive. That is what international fans dislike.
For them, idols whose beauty has little to do with these Korean beauty standards can still be extremely attractive, even more beautiful than some idols who actually possess those beauty traits.
Number 1: Jennie – Beats V-line face
While international fans mainly care about the sharpness, Korean fans pay special attention to the shape of the face. People with round faces are always considered less attractive than people with a V-line face. Idols who possess this face shape are considered very attractive, whether male or female.
Jisoo is one of the female idols possessing a typical small face with a natural V-line chin.
This trend led to a huge number of women who, in order to have a V-line face, went on a spree of undergoing painful cosmetic surgery, spent a fortune on that, and worst, some of them developed an addiction and kept editing their face though there was absolutely nothing else needed to be fixed.
However, there are in fact some idols who don’t have a V-line face, but they are undeniably top beauties.
Typically, Jennie’s round face, chubby cheeks and short chin really make her look much younger than her age. Thus, besides the signature rebellious and fierce style, Jennie can also conquer the sweet and cute concept.
In an episode of the reality show “SOLO DIARY” a while ago, Jennie’s dumpling cheeks were accidentally filmed, then went viral all over the internet and made fans turn crazy for they couldn’t handle her cuteness.
At that time, Jennie was so engrossed in eating skewers that she had no clue about her cheeks being seen by the whole world.
Jennie’s chubby cheeks make everyone just want to pinch them. In fact, Jisoo was caught pinching Jennie’s cheeks many times because she couldn’t resist all that cuteness.
According to a famous Chinese blogger with more than 3 million followers, the new trend in China is round face with dumpling cheeks, which inspired by that of Jennie
It’s undeniable that among a thousand V-line faces in the Kpop industry, Jennie stands out thanks to her difference. Clearly, she doesn’t need a V-line face to be beautiful.
Number 2: Hwasa – Beats porcelain white skin
One of the harshest Korean beauty standards applied to idols is the flawless porcelain white skin. Accordingly, Knet wants idols’ skin to be as white as possible, though Asians are naturally tan, and it’s super rare to see one with natural porcelain skin.
This beauty standard stems from a traditional Korean conception and belief, in which those who possess white skin are often rich and noble people, since they don’t have to work hard in the sun. Thus, in Korea, white skin is a symbol of nobility and leisure.
Most of the Kpop idols who are considered top visuals have white skin. For example, Suzy’s flawless white skin once made a fever all over the internet because of its perfection. She is considered the standard of skin in Korea. Suzy is also known as “the queen of bare face”. That’s why she often confidently shows off her bare face in her selfies and even on album covers.
However, once again, these idols have proven that they don’t need porcelain skin to shine. Typically, Hwasa, her dark complexion gives off a healthy Western vibe. Perhaps that’s why Hwasa is receiving so much love from international fans.
Contrasting with the belief of Asians, chocolate complexion is appreciated as a beauty standard in the West, and is a symbol of wealth, because Westerners have a mindset that those with tanned skin can afford to travel, sunbathe on the beaches or play sports in the sun, that’s how their skin is tanned.
Since debuting with Mamamoo, Hwasa has caused controversy because her appearance is completely out of Korean standards. In the midst of an idol forest with the same image, Hwasa stands out thanks to her difference.
She once frankly stated in a concert: “If I don’t fit the beauty standards, I’ll set my own standards”.
And just like that, she broke the stereotype and recreated it.
Number 3: Felix – Beats spotless skin
In addition to the white skin, idols are also expected to have flawless skin without acnes or freckles. However, many international fans think it doesn’t matter if idols reveal acne or freckles when they don’t have make-up on, because they are humans and it’s normal to have spots on their skin.
You remember Felix of Stray Kids? At first, Felix was extremely conscious of his freckles. He thought fans would hate them and always tried to hide them under the make-up. One time, he even apologized to fans because he thought his freckles were bothering his fans.
Little did he know that STAYs absolutely love his freckles. At a fansign, after acknowledging the love fans gave him, Felix excitedly erased his makeup to reveal all those freckles that he was once ashamed of.
In fact, freckles makeup has been a very hot trend among beauty gurus. There are a lot of celebrities following this trend and intentionally adding fake freckles, some even tattooed freckles on their face to create a cute and youthful look.
Overall, it’s very rare that an Asian has natural freckles, so they are not a common feature in the aspect of Korean beauty. It is Felix’s one-of-a-kind freckles that have contributed to breaking the norm of Korean beauty standards.
Number 4: Joy – Beats thigh gap
Just like many other women around the world, Korean women have always dreamed of owning a long and slim pair of legs with a thigh gap.
Usually, they do not need any scientific ratio to determine a pair of beautiful legs, the only measure that they “cling to” is a gap between the thighs called thigh gap. If an idol got this gap, that’s when she knows she’s in shape and not overweight.
All they need to do is stand up straight with their feet touching each other. If the thighs cannot touch each other but a gap appears, then they own a dream pair of legs.
Yoona is a typical example of having such skinny legs with a standard thigh gap. However, sometimes when she walks, her legs look like they are about to break because they’re too thin. In fact, Yoona has been criticized a lot for being underweight for a long time, people fear her physique may become a false role model for young girls.
Zico (Block B), one of the rare Korean male idols who expressed dissatisfaction toward this beauty standard, shared on a TV show, “I hate girls wearing super short shorts to show off their thigh gap. There is nothing beautiful about it. A pair of legs is truly beautiful only when that silly gap disappears.”
Joy is the female idol with long but slightly chubby legs, most of the time, there is no gap between her thighs, but thanks to this feature, she gives off a very sexy, dynamic and healthy image.
Although Joy seems to go against the beauty standard set by society, she is not ashamed of it at all. Instead, she shows remarkable confidence when dressing all types of pants: jeans, high-waisted pants, leather leggings or flared trousers. In short, whatever a slim pair of legs can put on, Joy can too.
Among hundreds of slender female idols, Joy stands out with a natural and feminine physique.
Number 5: Yeji – Beats double eyelids
Perhaps because most Koreans have monolids, so for them, double eyelids are more prominent. In fact, this is not only a beauty standard set in the Korean community, but also a common standard in many Asian countries. Kpop idols will be praised if they possess big, round eyes with double eyelids.
Park Jihoon’s double eyelids with picturesque eye tails are all Knet dreams of.
Lisa also owns large round eyes with sharp double eyelids.
However, we all know some top beauties in Kpop don’t have double eyelids like Jimin (BTS), Seulgi (Red Velvet) or Yeji (ITZY).
Despite having just debuted not long ago, Yeji has caused a fever among the Kpop fan community thanks to her completely different style compared to the sweet and cute image of most female idols. Yeji’s most prominent feature is her sharp monolids with slanted eye tails, giving off a mischievous cat-like look and radiating a bad girl vibe, making the opposite person unable to take their eyes off her.
Yeji is the perfect example of going against the norm but still receives huge appreciation. Honestly, I don’t know if she would still look beautiful if her eyes were double-lidded.
Number 6: Tzuyu – Beats heart-shaped lips
Looking at Wonyoung, the first thing to draw people’s attention must be her standard heart-shaped lips that everyone has been craving for.
Of course, Wonyoung is very pretty, but there is another female idol who is equally beautiful, but without those heart-shaped lips, which is Tzuyu.
Tzuyu has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful female idols in Kpop history. In fact, besides her lips, Tzuyu doesn’t meet some other Korean beauty traits like porcelain white skin or a V-line face.
But somehow, her visual is undeniably one of the best. Though Tzuyu’s lips are not heart-shaped, they are plump and go really well with other features on her face.
Again, another idol proves that Korean beauty standards are not her standards. She makes her own standards and really shines bright with them.
Number 7: Doyeon – Beats high and straight nose bridge
Another feature that not only Koreans but many other Asian countries also appreciate: a high and straight nose bridge. This is also the reason why a lot of trainees, try to have a nose job before their debut.
Miyeon of G-IDLE is one of those idols who’s always praised by Knet for having that dream nose. Her high and straight nose bridge has become an endless obsession among the Kpop fan community.
However, there is still a girl who makes an exception, that is Doyeon of Weki Meki. Doyeon’s nose bridge is neither high nor straight. But somehow, she is still ranked among the top female idols with a beautiful face that radiates an extremely seductive aura.
In an interview, Doyeon admitted that she is not a typical beauty but has very special features, especially her nose and lips. Many acknowledged that Doyeon possesses a luxurious aura and gave her the nickname “Little Jun Ji Hyun”, because she reminds people of young Jun Ji Hyun, a famous beauty in the Korean actress community.
With her Western vibe and charisma of a supermodel, Doyeon is welcomed by many renowned fashion and makeup brands such as Maybelline New York, Lilybyred, Tommy Hilfiger. Her teaser photo was even praised to be as beautiful as a magazine photo.
Readers on Pann said that without the typical Korean beauty standards, Doyeon’s visual is very different and impressive, and it is receiving more recognition in the Kpop world. Some fans also commented:
–“Now “Korean beauty standards” doesn’t mean much anymore”
–“If this is not pretty, then I don’t know what is pretty”
The 1999 born singer has been one of the most prominent members since her debut with I.O.I. Her images appeared densely in famous Korean advertisements and magazines.
Recently, Doyeon became the youngest person to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. She’s definitely gradually becoming one of the most powerful K-pop stars in the next few years.
Number 8: Nayeon – Beats perfectly aligned teeth
Knet also pays great attention to the Kpop idols’ teeth. They tend to prefer idols who have white and aligned teeth. Crooked teeth or uneven in size are heavily disliked.
So, Irene is a typical example of standard teeth that are much appreciated by Korean netizens. They are white, shiny, straight and even in size, so perfect that they can shock all the dentists.
However, it doesn’t mean that idols with “substandard” teeth will lose their attractiveness. For instance, Nayeon of Twice, and Sunyoul of UP10TION are constantly praised for their extremely cute rabbit teeth.
Nayeon herself once shared in the past that she used to not laugh often because of her consciousness about her front teeth. But now, it’s that unique feature of Nayeon that has become her trademark. Just by smiling, Nayeon makes the whole fandom wobble.
Nayeon’s bright smile and especially the cute bunny teeth are definitely her “weapons”, helping her stand out in the TWICE lineup. Maybe because of that, JYP decided to give her the center position.
When looking at Nayeon’s face, fans can’t help but see a cute bunny, they even compare her to Snowball in “The Secret Life of Pets” and gave her the nickname “Bunny unnie.”
So, that’s the end of the list. Do you know any other idols who break the Korean beauty standards that you want to add to the list? Comment down below, I’ll read them all.
Are you a Kpop fan? If yes, then you've come to the exact channel you ever need! Here, we will bring you exciting and exotic K-pop content through beautifully edited videos. With us, you can grasp deeper knowledge about the K-pop world - a large, strange yet amazing industry of Korea.