Do Korean beauty pageants have a Photoshop problem? A plastic surgery problem? Both?
The commenters on Reddit seem to think something's amiss. On Wednesday, a Japanese blog published a series of photos of Korean pageant contestants, which were then posted by Redditor ShenTheWise with the caption, "Korea's plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face. Here are the miss korea 2013 contestants."
Plenty of commentators on Reddit echoed ShenTheWise's sentiments, noting that the 20 women all looked remarkably similar. (Other commenters, in turn, accused ShenTheWise of being racist.) But the similarities are worth noting, as Jezebel pointed out, considering South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita worldwide. (Check out the wild "before-and-after" images of Korean plastic surgery .)
It could also be argued that any group of pageant participants, no matter the country, tend to fit a certain standard of beauty. This past year, we were struck by how identical many of the 2012 Miss USA contestants looked, with their spray-tan skin, wavy medium-length hair and toned abs.
As for the Korean ladies, it's unlikely that all 20 have undergone cosmetic procedures -- or that they've been Photoshopped, for that matter. But do you, like many commenters, find their resemblance to one another uncanny?
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CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect that the pageant contestants pictured were not in fact Miss Korea 2013 contestants, but 2013 Miss Daegu contestants (a preliminary pageant whose winner goes on to compete for the Miss Korea title), according to Kotaku.com.