T-ara admits having done plastic surgery during ‘XO Quiz’ game.
Citing from the Sports Chosun exclusive interview with the little indian girls (See YA-YA-YA by ETRIBE), T-ara’s Hyomin had confessed that some, if not all of the members had given their body attributes a “lift” so as to please fans and audiences.
The pop girl group having just gained another member (Hwayoung), had launched their new mini album titled “TEMPTASTIC” early this month. Which the release is followed by several successful comeback performances of “Ya-Ya-Ya” on popular music shows; Inkigayo, Music Bank and Music Core.
In the interview, Hyomin had highlighted a problem which plagues modern society of the world; girls in order to present themselves better to people are turning to cosmetic surgery to aesthetically “enhance” their natural attributes. Evidence is overwhelming in Asia and America, where the industry is a booming business and has a very large impact on the entire country’s economy. According to a New York Times report back in 2009, ARA, a Seoul based consulting firm, gave an estimate that 30 percent of Korean women aged 20 to 50, or some 2.4 million women, had went under the procedure in 2008 alone. A 2008 statistics of the United States reported a total of 11.7 million procedures performed in that year, which is 4.9 times the number in South Korea.
It is saddening to think that girls in their twenties have no confidence in the way they are naturally born. As the media gets more globalized and aggressive in their marketing to achieve public and international recognition, viewers perception of “beauty” are distorted while being bombarded with thousands of advertisements each day, featuring well endowed female models. It becomes a norm within the Korean society that most people opted to go under the knife. From an article of Times magazine, the author commented that Asians are becoming richer, and blowing their wealth on plastic surgery is one of the ways to show off their new-found fortune. As time progresses, the situation will probably worsen; people may find it even harder to get accepted with the ever growing needs of the public and the power of western media influence.
PS: Hyomin is definitely pretty when she was a little girl.
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Martin Fackler (2009), Economy Blunts Korea Appetite for Plastic Surgery, The New York Times, World Business, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/02/business/worldbusiness/02plastic.html?_r=1accessed 18 December 2010.
Below is the translated article from allkpop
The members of T-ara participated in an ‘XO Quiz’ game with reporters from Sports Chosun. The girls were asked a series of questions, to which they either replied ‘O’, meaning yes, or ‘X’, meaning no.
[Omitted other irrelevant parts]
Question 6. “Have you honestly done plastic surgery?”
Hyomin: “We won’t say who fixed what and where, but for now, we’ll say O. Society has become really appearance-oriented lately. Our job requires us to give joy and entertain a lot of people. It’s impossible to do that if you’re not pretty. There is obviously a part of us that want to be pretty, but because the public looks at our visual, I think it’s possible to fix a few things as long as you’re not greedy in order to live up to those visual expectations.”
Source: Sports Chosun
Translation: allkpop (find the full article here)