About Face

About Face

Patricia Marx at has done an incredible piece for The New Yorker on why South Korea is the world’s plastic-surgery capital.

We all want to look our best, but not since seventh grade had I been in the company of people for whom appearance mattered so much. In search of a clearer understanding of why South Koreans are such lookists, I stopped by the book-cluttered office of Eunkook Suh, a psychology professor at Yonsei University, in Seoul. “One factor is that, in contrast to Western cultures, the external aspects of self (your social status, clothes, gestures, and appearance) versus the inner aspects (thoughts and feelings) matter more here,” he explained.

I was in New York yesterday and it was loaded with tourists. As I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge I couldn’t help notice:

1. The number of people taking selfies

2. The number of vendors selling selfie sticks

I guess if you’re going to plaster selfies all over Instagram and Facebook you’d better have plastic-surgery first.

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