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Day 4 [Guest Blogger Week] Idol Beauty And An Inconvenient Truth

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Guest Blogger Week continues with a post from my good chingu Stormy of Under the Radar!, who I've known for awhile.  In fact, she (along with Stephe of CloudUSA) was instrumental in my decision to start blogging, so thanks guys! :hugs:

Stormy is an avid music lover and die hard Shawol who got into Jpop in 2007, segued into Kpop in 2009 and hasn't looked back since.  Stormy started out writing for her blog My Music Radar! but has taken a brief hiatus from there for medical reasons and is currently blogging on her Tumblr Under the Radar!.  She hopes to return to My Music Radar! soon, so look out for that.

Idol Beauty and an Inconvenient Truth

Written by Stormy of Under the Radar

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Is this beautiful to you?

infinite sungjong marie claire magazine 2010


g-dragon fantastic baby

How about this?

What are the standards of beauty where you live?  Is it different for males and females?

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Is it even different within regions from your country?

Here in the states, East Coasters mostly prefer a metro or more conservative look.

While out West it's more casual.

You know what makes me crazy about Kpop and Idol beauty?  You show just about any uninitiated American a picture of say.....

shinee l'officiel hommes magazine march 2013

And 9 times out of 10 the 1st question is????  Wait for it.....  "Are they gay?"

Even with a decidedly masculine shoot like this one from L'Officiel Hommes Korea earlier this year.   Don't you dare show them a music video or concert footage.

Korea, and most of Asia, has a unique idea of what is beautiful in that it's mostly the same whether male or female.  They like large round eyes, small pointed noses and full luscious lips.  A slim body line with long legs and lots of height fills the bill with both sexes too.

One of the things I've always loved about Korean culture is that seldom do you hear a man being called handsome.  In Korea you're just as likely to hear him being called pretty (and his underwear called panties...  I dunno, I still think that's cute as hell).

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Yes Androgyny is big in Asia and just about every idol group has one member who is either quite androgynous or capable of cross dressing so well, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.

infinite's sungjong in a dress

Where am I going with this?

Beauty is beauty.

Your standard of lovely and your friends' are likely to be different.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to open your mind just enough to see that what may be beautiful to others can be beautiful to you as well.

Your prize?  A sexy brain ^.~

shinee jonghyun dream girl photobook


You can also find Stormy on Twitter.  

Leave us a comment to let us know what you think, and stay tuned for the last day of Guest Blogger Week!

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