Update, June 2014:
If you’ve followed a link to this post, thank you for your interest in Korean body-image and the alphabetization trend. Unfortunately though, my opinions of both have changed considerably since I wrote this post five years ago, so I’ve decided to delete my commentary (and the comments, which no longer made any sense). Instead, please see here, here, here, and here for much more up to date readings.
For future reference though, I’ll keep my translation of the original Yahoo! Korea article which prompted it, especially as the original is no longer available. I hope readers may still find it useful one day:
(Image: Korean actress Yoon Eun-hye (source) and detail from Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve (1507))
스타매력 재발견, 고은아 ‘가슴’-윤은혜 ‘어깨’ 최고 The Rediscovery of Stars’ Beauty
Go Eun-ah’s Breasts and Yun Eun-hye’s Shoulders are the Best
각종 시상식장의 레드카펫은 여배우들에게 좀더 특별하다. 숨겨둔 자신만의 매력을 한껏 과시할 수 있는 기회가 되기 때문이다. 덕분에 팬들은 그녀들의 아름다움에 숨은 매력까지 엿볼 수 있다. 얼마 전 열린 제45회 백상예술대상 시상식에서 고정된 이미지를 깨고 새로운 매력을 보여준 여배우가 있었다. 바로 고은아와 윤은혜이다..두 배우 모두 귀엽고 상큼한 이미지로 그동안 팬들의 사랑을 받아왔다. 하지만 어린 나이임에도 성숙한 상체 라인을 가진 고은아는 지금껏 풋풋했던 이미지를 벗고 ‘제2의 김혜수’라는 찬사를 받았다. 또 윤은혜는 쉽게 찾아볼 수 없었던 둥근 어깨 라인을 드러내 여성스러운 면모를 부각시켰다.
As they are great opportunities to show off previously their previously hidden confidence and beauty, actresses look more and more glamorous on the red carpet at award ceremonies, and fans are eager to get a peek at their idols. A few days ago at the 45th Paeksang Arts Awards many actresses took the opportunity to throw off their old, established images and show off new sides to themselves, particularly Go Eun-ah (right, source) and Yoon Eun-hye. Both were previously well known and popular for their cute and sweet images, but despite her youth Go Eun-ah has become quite buxom, and has been described as the second Kim Hye-su. Also on this occasion, Yoon Eun-hye showed her new womanly side by revealing her round shoulders for the first time.
백상예술대상 레드카펫을 밟은 고은아는 가슴이 깊게 파인 옐로우 슬리브리스 드레스로 플래시 세레를 받았다. 산뜻한 컬러와 과감한 가슴 노출로 다소 쌀쌀한 날씨에도 불구하고 봄의 여신으로 매력을 뽐냈다. 무엇보다 기존 10대 이미지를 과감하게 벗어 던진 그녀는 이제 여성미와 섹시미를 겸비한 여배우로 신고식을 치른 셈이다.
Once Go Eun-ah stepped onto the red carpet she was seen to be wearing a very low-cut sleeveless dress, and was instantly bathed in the flashlights of hundreds of cameras. The bright dress and her boldness in wearing something so revealing, despite the slightly chilly weather, made her seem almost goddess-like. Moreover, she has completely lost her image of a teenager, and has made a big splash as a beautiful and sexy female actress.
고은아의 가장 큰 매력은 레드카펫의 여왕이라 불리며 늘 섹시하고 파격적인 의상으로 화제를 불러 일으킨 대한민국 대표 섹시스타 김혜수를 연상케 하는 상체 라인이다. C 컵 이상의 풍만한 가슴과 글래머러스한 몸매, 그럼에도 선명하게 도드라지는 쇄골이 김혜수와 매우 닮았다. 이는 한국에서 쉽게 찾아볼 수 없었던 우월한 가슴라인으로 ‘제2의 김혜수’라는 극찬이 아깝지 않을 정도. 게다가 고은아는 키 171cm로 170cm의 김혜수에 뒤지지 않는 신체조건을 가졌다. 압구정 에비뉴 성형외과 이백권 원장은 “김혜수와 고은아의 공통점은 넓은 어깨와 C컵 이상의 풍만한 가슴선 등 건강하고 서구적인 체형이다”며 “속옷의 종류에 따라 차이가 있겠지만 두 사람 모두 상부가 불룩한 속칭 윗볼록이 있는 가슴을 가지고 있다”고 말했다.
Go Eun-ah’s most attractive point is her breasts, which remind people of Korean sex-symbol Kim Hye-su (left, source), who regularly wears very revealing clothes at awards ceremonies and is known as the “Queen of the Red Carpet.” Despite the large size of their busts, you can distinctly see both collarbones, and they’re even the same height too. Such a combination is not often found among Korean women, and so because this is so rare people are not embarrassed to regularly praise her as the second Kim Hye-soo. According to Apgujeong Avenue cosmetic surgeon Lee Baek-gwon, “Kim Hye-su and Go Eun-ah’s points in common are their high collarbones, their C-cup (or bigger) breasts, and their healthy Western body shape” and “although they may wear different brands of underwear, they will both be for women who are top-heavy.”
또 다른 화제의 인물 윤은혜는 그 동안 드라마 ‘커피프린스 1호점’과 ‘궁’ 등에서 보여준 중성적이고 발랄한 모습과 다르게 푸른 색 미니 튜브탑을 통해 어깨라인과 각선미를 드러내면서 보다 여성스러운 모습을 과시했다. 특히 윤은혜의 둥근 어깨라인은 16세기 유화 ‘아담과 이브'(알브레히트 뒤러)에 나오는 이브의 어깨라인과 닮아 고전적인 여성미를 보여주었다는 평이다. 이브 이외에 ‘비너스의 탄생'(산드로 보티첼리)에서 비너스의 어깨라인은 물론 15-16세기 명화 속에 등장하는 아름다운 여성들의 체형적 특징 중 하나인 어깨가 매우 흡사해 고전적인 여성의 아름다움을 느끼게 한다. 압구정 에비뉴 성형외과 이백권 원장은 “승모근이 발달한 윤은혜의 어깨는 약간 좁으면서 전체적으로 둥근 느낌을 주며 통통해 보여 여성스러운 느낌을 준다”며 “16세기 서구에서는 이런 곡선이 잘 살려진 몸매를 아름다운 여성의 표준으로 보았다”고 설명했다. 전체적으로 통통하면서 힙 등에 보기 좋게 살집이 있는 윤은혜의 몸매가 서양의 고전적인 아름다움에 가깝다는 것이다. 기존 드라마에서 보여주지 않았던 섹시하거나 우아한 여성스러운 몸매를 백상예술대상 레드카펫에서 공개한 고은아와 윤은혜의 다음 번 레드카펫이 사뭇 기대된다.
An actress also getting attention recently is Yoon Eun-hye, who has been in the dramas “The First Shop of Coffee Prince” and “Princess Hours” but who looked rather androgynous and/or tomboyish in both, showed off her shoulders and legs in a blue mini tube top. Especially, Yoon Eun-hye’s round shoulders were very similar to Eve’s in a 16th Century oil painting “Adam and Eve” by Albrecht Dürer, a well-known symbol with which to evaluate female beauty. Apart from Eve, other symbols used as such have been Venus in “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli (1482, above), and she has a remarkable resemblance to the former. Lee Baek-gwon says “On the whole, while the muscle development around Yoon Eun-hye’s shoulders is a little narrow, its roundness give her a very feminine and woman-like appearance” and also that “in the West in the 16th Century, this type of well-developed curve was considered the beauty standard”. And so while a little chubby, her hips and so on are very close to that standard. These two women didn’t previously show this sexy side to themselves in the dramas they appeared in, but people now have high expectations for their next appearance on the red carpet! (end)
16 thoughts on “Did Eve Have an S-line? Women as Walking Alphabets in South Korea”
Women with symmetrical, normal breasts who get augmentation? In the US it is approaching being normative, but not (yet) in Korea, and I wish that the media wouldn’t take already insecure women and give them one more reason to feel inadequate. Truth be told, whether on Americans or Koreans, I rarely find such cases attractive.
I’m not a big fan of eyelid fold surgery, but far more invasive and risky breast enlargement seems to represent the most insecure of women. I wrote about it here, though a bit glibly and cruelly, describing a murder victim who herself was a killer who had subjected her child to medical experiments that were killing him, in exchange for cash:
You see from other parts of the show that the young Korean mother (murder victim #2) is sort of hot. Thin—maybe too thin for someone who has had a kid—and crazy nutso. But hot. Though she’s lying on her back, you can see her breasts are still standing at attention, which is nearly a sure bet that they’re mercenaries. The moral of this episode is simple: never trust a Korean-born woman who gets a boob job. They’re nuts. I’m not kidding. Certifiable. If you don’t like ’em small and natural, move along, brother. Move along.
CSI has nailed the boob-job/nut-job connection.
your blog is purely jarg. pretentious…no!
Scouse Legend: Feel free not to read it then.
Kushibo: Yeah, neither has ever really appealed to me either. But while it is indeed sad that attractive and healthy women still somehow feel the need for cosmetic surgery, as someone who becomes irritable and lacking in self-confidence if I *cough* haven’t shaved my head in three days, then I can hardly belittle them for something that usually has instant and palpable effects on both their confidence and careers.
scouse legend, quit your griping. Clearly this whole blog is all a cover intended to fool his wife after she found his huge digital stash of women’s pictures. ;)
“I read these magazines for my research, dear.”
Huey: sorry for the delay.
We’ve long known that a small waist-to-hip ratio correlates positively with higher fertility and negatively with metabolic syndrome. I was surprised that large breasts correlate positively with fertility as large breasts can be a sign of pregnancy or recent childbirth. Pregnant or new mothers are obviously fertile but not at the moment. Large breasts are also matronly and associated with aging since women tend to get plump in middle age although this may not have been true in the past.
The whole joke with plastic surgery is that it fools people’s senses into thinking they’re getting a better gene package.
If men are universally hardwired to prefer women with small waist-to-hip ratios, then why did East Asian women evolve slim hips and the tendency to store fat around the abdomen rather than the buttocks and thighs and why did Koreans traditionally believe that women with slim hips and rounded bellies were more likely to bear sons?
James, James, James… don’t make me go and post your ‘suprise’ over at Marmot’s!
Dude, I was told it would be up on Saturday! Not only have I put my foot in my mouth by promising a big announcement then, but now I’m all nervous that someone dealing with it doesn’t like it or something, and that there won’t even be anything…(sigh)
Now I’m worried that it’ll be an anticlimax when it finally IS announced. My ex-girlfriend built that ferris bueller movie up so high that disappointment was inevitable when she finally got me to watch it. I was like, “People wrote Ph.D. theses on THIS?”
Hell, by this stage it’ll be disappointing to me too! Sigh. I’m thinking I’ll have to produce some other “exciting news” to compensate….
Is it too soon for a third child?