Korean parody song ‘Plastic Face’ is directed at those who praise physical perfection yet frown upon those who attempt to achieve it surgically.
Last year, K Pop star Son Ga-In was accused of having eyelid surgery. Unsurprisingly, she denied that she had – although when it comes to the subject of plastic surgery, she has a better track record of honesty than many other Korean idols.
Ga-In is part of much-loved Korean pop quartet Brown Eyed Girl (commonly abbreviated to BEG). The group consists of three other members: Jea, Miryo, and Narsha. BEG have been on the K Pop scene for almost a decade, and were one of the first girl groups to admit to having plastic surgery.
Their candour even went as far as the recording studio. Parodying Lady GaGa’s ‘Poker Face’ with their own version of the song, ‘Plastic Face’, they directed their hilarious musical retort at K Pop fans who branded them ‘plastic surgery monsters’ .
The lyrics of ‘Plastic Face’ include some wry observations about South Korea’s pursuit of artificial beauty: “It’s the same, it’s the same, your face, my face, all the same”. The lyrics of ‘Plastic Face’ acknowledge the homogeneity of artificially created beauty, in a country where numerous young people are desperate to attain similar V line jaw shapes, double lidded eyes and tapered, high bridged noses.
In the years since BEG first performed ‘Plastic Face’ on SNL Korea, plastic surgery has exploded in popularity – particularly in the Gangnam district of Seoul. But BEG’s upfront attitude paved the way for idols such as Hwang Kwanghee and Kara’s Goo Hara to speak frankly and openly about their own plastic surgery. Despite this, many prefer to remain silent or attribute their surgery to “medical purposes” as 2ne1’s CL has done.
Fans are eagerly awaiting a new album by Brown Eyed Girls member Ga. Entitled Hawwah, it’s due for release this month – although it’s unknown as to whether any more plastic surgery references will creep in to her musical oeuvre.