Koreans Got Photoshopped With Double Eyelids And It Was So Weird


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The results were eye opening.

According to some estimates as of 2014, South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita. The most common procedure is the double eyelid surgery.

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Many Asians have monolids, which are lids
without a crease or fold. The purpose of the
double eyelid surgery is to make a fold so that
the eyes appear larger, a feature that many
South Koreans have come to view as a beauty
ideal.

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2. So we
had three Koreans come in to talk about their
experience growing up with monolid eyes and then
we photoshopped double eyelids on them to see
their reaction.

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3.
“People I knew would just offhandedly suggest
surgery to me. They offered it as gifts, as
graduation presents.”

"People I knew would just offhandedly suggest surgery to me. They offered it as gifts, as graduation presents."

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Annie: I’ve had a tumultuous
relationship with my monolids as soon as I
realized that I had them, and became hyperaware
of my eyes.
It was clear that my Korean
friends and family held double eyelids to a
higher standard. I spent a lot of time fretting
about how my own lids made my eyes look smaller
and more tired, and often tried to “fake” the
crease with makeup.

Relatives would enticingly tell me about how
cheap and accessible “good” eyelid surgery is
in Korea
so I felt a lot of pressure as a
self conscious, malleable teen. The idea of
having bigger eyes was SO tempting for me at
the time.

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4. “I
definitely knew I was different. There were
jokes about my eyes being smaller.”

"I definitely knew I was different. There were jokes about my eyes being smaller."

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Jason: To be honest, I never felt that
self-conscious about having monolids growing
up. Probably because there were larger issues
of not seeing many role models or public
figures that looked like me. I didn’t ever
consider the double eyelid surgery, but I
think when I was growing up there was less
pressure on guys to look that way. That said, I
think even those expectations have begun to
change.

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5. “They
told me I would look prettier with the double
eyelid surgery. I tried a lot of different
things to get that double eyelid, without
actually getting the surgery.”

"They told me I would look prettier with the double eyelid surgery. I tried a lot of different things to get that double eyelid, without actually getting the surgery."

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Lauren: I grew up with everyone telling
me to get the double eyelid surgery. Actually,
people STILL tell me I should get it, that I
could be so much prettier, or even successful
with bigger eyes.
It’s so sad that I put
myself down constantly by what other people
considered “helpful tips” and that I
measured my worth by the size of my eyes.

When I was younger, I tried glue, tape,
literally everything, to try and get those
bigger eyes without getting the surgery. It
was such a stressful thing, to do this and
remind myself daily of my insecurities.

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6. After
a week, it was finally time for the big reveal:

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7. Annie’s
before and after:


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8. Annie
was conflicted about her new double-eyelids.

Annie was conflicted about her new double-eyelids.

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Annie: The photoshopped image made me
feel pretty conflicted, but I still wouldn’t
ever consider getting surgery. I think the
biggest bummer was realizing how much I
actually do want bigger eyes and an extra flap
of skin,
but that desire seems pretty silly
when I take a moment and put it into
perspective!

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9. Jason’s
before and after:


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10. Jason
couldn’t even recognize himself.

Jason couldn't even recognize himself.

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Jason: I’m so unaccustomed to seeing
this, and I’m so used to the way that my eyes
look. And honestly, I think I prefer the way my
eyes look now versus the photoshopped version.
I think this is just a really good reminder for
all of us, that there are things sometimes
we may feel insecure about but really, there’s
a lot more work inside society that we need to
do.

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11.
Lauren’s before and after:


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12.
Lauren felt uncomfortable seeing the new image.

Lauren felt uncomfortable seeing the new image.

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Lauren: Seeing the photo made me
remember all the shit I put myself through
just to look the way everyone else seemed to
want me to look.
And I realized that I now
actually love my monolids, and I love how I
have one double eyelid and one monolid
sometimes, I love how my eyes fold in and out
whenever they want, I just love my imperfect
eyes.

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13. In
the end, they just wanted everyone to embrace
themselves, whatever that means to you.

In the end, they just wanted everyone to embrace themselves, whatever that means to you.

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