No, despite my reputation I’m not going to weigh in with heavy commentary on these pictures of 14-year old female student Park Seo-jin (박서진) for the Mnet reality show I Am A Model, my plan to translate one of the numerous news articles about them rendered unnecessary by the wealth of context and extra information provided over at Coolsmurf Domain instead. One thing I will add that blog author Alvin Lim didn’t though, is the fact that for all the recent and historical mania about protecting underage Korean females against foreign pedophiles, the Korean public seems strangely reluctant to respect their own laws banning the nude photos of minors that would (presumably) encourage them, this and this one with Kwak Ji-min (곽지민) advertising the 2004 movie Samaria/Samaritan Girl (사마리아) for instance instantly coming to mind when I read about this latest case. While it’s true that she was three years or so older than Park Seo-jin was when they were taken, she was still definitely a minor, and with this being Korea …then naturally there’s even full screen wallpapers of the former still available here and here too.
I’ve heard that that movie is actually a much needed and hard-hitting social critique of the teenage prostitution industry here, and if so then I highly recommend watching it, but that marketing in the links above is both hypocritical and somewhat telling of the industry’s causes. Regardless of the moral rights or wrongs of what is really quite an arbitrary age for banning nudity though, the fact remains that – just like so much else in Korea – no-one is likely to ever be prosecuted for breaking the law for Park Seo-jin’s photos, but on the positive side they do seem to be creating a controversy that the posters for Samaria never did, albeit most likely simply because she is just sooo young.
In case of any confusion, note that while she’s 16 according to the strange Korean age system, her birth date is actually 11 March 1994.