With comeback after comeback, 2016 has definitely been a great year so far!
But what is apparent through every idol’s appearance, after re-surfacing is their skin tone and weight.
Body weight in South Korea is a very touchy and sensitive topic, and being in the limelight creates extreme amounts of pressure, to look perfect. The question I often ask myself, is where the urgency and desperation to be skinny comes from?
Pale skin and a small frame is the definition of beauty in the Far East.
But my question is why?
Over the years and throughout many idols’ careers, a drastic change in weight and skin tone is apparent.
Is this due to stress and lack of sleep?
Demanding schedules and technical dance routines?
I would say it is a mixture of all of the above, plus the expectancy of being “perfect.” One person that comes to mind when I think of this reoccurring topic, is Jonghyun 종현 of SHINee 샤이니. During SHINee’s 샤이니 “Sherlock” era in 2012, Jonghyun’s 종현 skin was darker, and his body was fuller. We all remember those muscles!
After researching this, I came across an article that suggested Jonghyun 종현 takes dermatological medication for a skin condition, which affects his appetite- hence the drastic weight loss. This all sounds a bit suspect to me! But who knows? The information I found quotes Jonghyun 종현 addressing his weight on MBC Blue Night Radio.He also added that he suffers from anxiety and insomnia. Poor Jonghyun! 종현
Another idol comes to mind; Taehyun 태현 of Winner 위너.
Taehyun 태현 has stated that for their Exit:E comeback, he purposely dropped a few kilos. Again, this is beyond me, and I cannot comprehend this thought process! As Taehyun 태현was already very slim?
I think this issue of body image will always be active in South Korea; especially in Seoul. And it is something that we will never understand.