Miss Korea Gears Up For Miss Universe 2013 Pageant
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: October 28th, 2013
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The winner of the Miss Korea 2012 pageant is getting ready to participate in the Miss Universe 2013 contest being held in Moscow next month.

Kim Yumi was seen posing in front of cameras at the welcome dinner with participants from other nations.

“There are difficulties with staying overseas for so long, but I feel the responsibility to do my best,” she told the Korea Times.

Kim drew additional attention after winning the crown in 2012, after high school photos showed her with a vastly different physical appearance. She freely admitted to undergoing plastic surgery and was surprised when a scandal ensued.

The Miss Universe 2013 contest begins on Nov. 9 and will be broadcast on NBC.

The winner of the Miss Korea pageant typically reigns for one year, conducting promotional activities before participating in the Miss Universe contest.

Miss Korea with Miss Israel.

  • lillian

    Kim Yumi is very pretty! but I generally agree with the commenters below that the prevalence of plastic surgery is disturbing. it’s just wrong, especially in this context. I don’t even think the plastic surgery in Skorea is about beauty anymore, its about fitting in. it’s ‘normal’ now to do it and it’s…wrong. I don’t know how else to put it. it needs to change. I have never seen anyone who have had plastic surgery who is as beautiful as the Korean women who are naturally beautiful, to be honest. I think a lot of Korean celebrities get plastic surgery even if they don’t want to…I understand that the pressures of being a public figure are high, but they need to take into consideration that they become role models and symbols to many people to a certain extent, and take responsibility. I think that one thing I am really glad as a Korean-American is that I’ve never felt the need to get plastic surgery–Koreans in Korea don’t deal with racism, but I think the diversity and inclusiveness of differences (at least more than Korea…) in America is something I’ll be grateful for forever. one thing though….I’ve never heard of any Korean bleaching skin to be paler, lol. as far as I’m aware, ‘skin-whitening’ products just block melanin production, they don’t actually bleach skin. it’s more about avoiding tans, not literally ‘whitening’–konglish again. also, many East Asians including Koreans are naturally pale, it’s what happens when you don’t get a lot of sun. speaking from experience here!

  • natural looks trump all

    As a 2nd gen Korean American male who was born and raised in S Cali, I’m disgusted with how over-the-top these Koreans (both male and female) go with their plastic surgery. I’m disgusted with how they condone and rationalize it in the culture. “White Americans do it too! you wanna bet?! Look at Kim Kardashian, Julian Huff, there are before and after pics that prove it! So stop criticizing Koreans for it!!!” That’s not my point, nor am I denying your claims. What I’m trying to say is that Koreans should be proud of their natural looks.

    The Korean guys are all about trying to look like girls. (this is what they call the “flower boy” phenomenon in Japan which unfortunately caught on in Korea) A whitewashed Korean-American girl I know, who is reluctant to date Asian guys, explained to me that no matter how “cute” some of these Korean guys are, they still aren’t attractive. She said that if their faces were truly good looking, then they should shave off their hair in order to see how well proportioned their features are, look for symmetryl, well shaped their skulls are, etc. In other words, she was insinuating that these “cute” Korean guys would be so ugly if they shaved off their hair. Second point she brought up was that Korean guys, even if they work out and put some pounds on, still look skinny when they take their shirts off.

    As for the FOB girls, the whitening of the skin is disgusting. It reminds me of a cadaver. Tan is avoided because Korean culture believes that tanned people are farm workers of the lower class. I like girls who can flaunt a bikini body, but you don’t have to be burnt crisp to point of wrinkling your skin. If you’re short, got thick stubby legs, can look fat easily…then I’m sorry. You need another way to wear your natural good looks. The sharpening of the jaw/cheeks is another thing that can easily be remedied, but Korean girls won’t do it because it’s something they avoid: exercising. Cardiovascular exercise will take off weight and excess water, which will “sharpen” your features i.e. make you look more slim. As for the eyes, when you’re slimmed down, they will look good regardless of whether you got double eyelids or not.

    The truth.

  • http://katewave.com agree with debbie

    Not to mention all the money spent (wasted) on it! I hate that my relatives are saving money to get procedures done when that money could be better spent on life-affirming purchases.

  • kyu

    I agree with Debbie to an extent. As an Korean- American myself, seeing all these young Korean girls conform to the society’s needs by getting plastic surgery, just blows my mind. And from my experience of having Korean relatives and friends, I was told that the Korean people (likewise for male and female) most often tells the plastic surgeon “Hey, make me look like this celebrity” instead of adding uniqueness into their appearance. And as stated, you’re right Debbie, plastic surgery contestant getting crowned winner would be give the wrong idea to the people and I don’t mean just Korea. People should appreciate their beauty and if they want to enhance their looks, do so in a more natural way such as facial massages, exercise, eat properly and more. There are plenty of ways to enhance once’s look without plastic surgery, and personally, I believe people who enhanced their looks with a more natural approach looks way exceptional, and not fake.

  • natural looks trump all

    Debbie +1. I wish Koreans would stop condoning and rationalizing all this plastic surgery.

  • Debbie

    Although beauty pageants strive to be more about inner than outer beauty…I’m certain that as long as Korea continues to define beauty through plastic surgery, not one of their contestants will ever be crowned as Miss Universe 2013. Simply based on the reasoning that if any of their contestants were crowned, it would affirming that it is okay to drastically change your appearance (without medical reasons, etc) to be regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world. As a Korean-American young woman, it’s alarming to see that plastic surgery has become routine for other young women in Korea like getting your eyebrows threaded or a brazilian blowout. This act of bleaching skin to be paler, sharpening noses and chins along with widening our natural almond-shaped eyes is strange and horrifying to me.


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