Article: The secret of teens that mothers don't know... self 'plastic surgery'
Source: Newsis via Nate
Housewife Kim (45) was shocked when she organized the backpack of her 6th grade elementary school student.
In her bag were several 'self plastic surgery' tools like glasses specially made so that your eyes can't close, helping to create double eyelids, face rollers to help slim the face, and nose clippers that promise to raise the nose bridge.
Realizing that these tools weren't just bought out of pure curiosity, she approached her daughter about it immediately and was even mroe shocked to find that she didn't find it to be that big of a deal. She said, "I bought them because I want to become beautiful like the celebrities. Most of my classmates have one or two of these 'self plastic surgery' tools. We sometimes share, too."
Kim's first concern was that teens would be hurting themselves by using tools that weren't confirmed to do what they promised. "It's a problem that such young children are jealous of the beauty of female celebrities and using these tools but it's also a bigger problem that these tools are readily available for purchase like this. I'm worried that children will break their bones or worsen their skin conditions by using them."
A lot of 'self plastic surgery' tools have been trending among teens, such as rollers to create 'V line' jaws. All of these are available for purchase on the internet and are advertised freely all over the net.
Seo (14), a second year junior high school student, said, "They're cheap so we can easily buy them. Most of my classmates own these tools as well as make up products mostly used by adults. We use them with half the hope ofb ecoming as pretty as the female celebrities."
1. [+372, -11] The journalist doesn't seem to know that this has been trending with teens since 30 years ago... Trying to create dimples by poking your cheeks with a pencil, taping your eyes, creating double eyelids by putting glue on the end of a toothpick, 'drawing' a double eyelid with a pencil, using clothes pins to pinch your nose to make it higher, etc... Some of the kids actually got double eyelids that way.
2. [+94, -7] Elementary school students~ none of those tools will work. Focus on learning make up techniques once you become adults because make up alone can make you beautiful. A student should look like a student. And celebrities are only beautiful because experts make them look that way, they are not that beautiful on their own.
3. [+62, -5] Society has made beauty a competitive advantage. Even in school, the prettier kids will have more popularity while the ugly ones are forced to cower down. ㅠ Since they're young and have no money, they have to resort to tools like this... upsetting.
4. [+13, -11] 1990 Korean woman: I don't want anyone to find out that I got double eyelid surgery. / 2010 Korean woman: I'm a natural beauty who only got her double eyelids done!
5. [+8, -2] This is representative of Korean society. Whether you're a student or an adult, if you're beautiful and handsome, people will treat you like a human being. If you're ugly, you don't even get such treatment. Our society is so focused on looks that these students are only victims of that.
6. [+7, -0] A few years from now, we'll be able to get double eyelid surgery at our local convenience store ㅋ