Korean and Japanese beauty standards

Korea/Japan similarities and differences


Lily Lagunes, Writer

Beauty standards in both Korea and Japan are very different from here. In Korea the beauty standard is to look like a k-pop idol or someone who had or has fame. Unlike k-pop idols they break beauty standards and have some features that are considered to be unique. The standard in Korea is to have a slim figure, small face, v-shaped jaw, pale skin, straight kg are 12 eyebrows, flawless skin, and larger eyes.  A Lot of these beauty are influenced by tv shows, k-pop idols, actors.  Something that changed was that being curvy was being overweight, but along the months a k-pop idol named Ahn Hye-jin stage name Hwasa, Was known to have a curvy body.  For Korea being overweight as a woman is being more than 50kg, 50kg are 110 pounds The ideal weight is 47kg, 47kg are about 103 pounds.  Studies show that About 4% of the adult population is obese in Korea, and about 30% are overweight (including obese). OECD projections indicate that overweight rates will increase by a further 5% within ten years. This information can be fond on https://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/obesityandtheeconomicsofpreventionfitnotfat-koreakeyfacts.htm#:~:text=About%204%25%20of%20the%20adult,further%205%25%20within%20ten%20years.&text=2.,exist%20in%20women%20in%20Korea

Beauty standards in Japan are not so different from Korea, in Japan the beauty standard is rather influenced by their parents or by j-pop idols, actors. The beauty standard in Japan is to have a  tend toward a light, flawless skin, a slim, petite figure, long legs, and a quiet personality although those “standards” change over time and may be largely ignored by the next generations. This information was found on https://thejbeautycollection.com/blogs/news/modern-japanese-beauty-standards-and-how-they-differ-from-other-cultures#:~:text=Modern%20Japanese%20beauty%20standards%20tend,ignored%20by%20the%20next%20generations

As well for people in Japan being overweight or obese is bad and a very small percentage is obese or overweight. Only 3.6 percent of Japanese have a body mass index (BMI) over 30, which is the international standard for obesity, whereas 32.0 percent of Americans do. A total of 66.5 percent of Americans have a BMI over 25, making them overweight, but only 24.7 percent of Japanese. This information can be found on https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/14321?ln=en#:~:text=Only%203.6%20percent%20of%20Japanese,only%2024.7%20percent%20of%20Japanese.