‘Before and after’ shots of BTS frontman Rap Monster.
As BTS’ popularity continues to grow in the US, newfound audiences are raising some sticky questions. Like, ‘what’s up with those guys’ faces?’
The reaction was a bit blunt after BTS splashed the stage at the Billboard Music Awards. If South Korea is known for its politeness, Americans are renowned for being blunt.
“The plastic surgery industry in Korea must be lit,” one fan remarked after the Billboard Music Awards. “Those BTS kids could barely move their faces during their speech.”
“I’m AGAINST children having plastic surgery,” remarked another.
“BTS = 7 proofs that plastic surgery doesn’t really work on some faces,” another fan quipped.
Others accused the group of ‘overdosing’ on the knife, with ‘more make-up than a [transvestite] model’.And so what?
Back in South Korea, current-generation Kpop artists are notorious for excessive plastic surgery and heavy make-up. In fact, the entire nation is a hub for massive cosmetic surgery. Elective body and face alterations are now a serious revenue generator in Seoul, with entire sectors of the city dedicated to the craft.
There are even entire, ten-story buildings dedicated entirely to plastic surgery. Different floor, different body part!
All of that is translating into music and broader entertainment culture. Of course, plastic surgery is thriving stateside as well. But it isn’t as hard-core, and American audiences clearly aren’t accustomed to the doll-like appearances from these male pop stars.
Now, the question is whether Kpop superstars like BTS, EXO, Big Bang, and others can truly cross over into America given their ‘polished’ cosmetics. Or, whether their smooth complexions are simply too off-putting to American cultural sensibilities.Extreme make-up.
Others defended the group, claiming that all seven members were surgery-free. That seems difficult to believe, though there’s no debating the extreme amount of make-up employed by this group.
In fact, Billboard ran a profile on the group’s extremely involved make-up routine. That includes multiple toners, cleansers, antioxidant serums, masks, and other steps to achieve the radiating ‘glow’ of BTS.
These guys are putting people like RuPaul to shame, and spending hours to basically look like women. “Amongst all the glitz, glam and fan-selfies, one thing was for sure: their skin was flawless,” the Billboard piece waxed, while highlighting a complex ‘k-beauty routine’ employed by the group.
Meanwhile, members of BTS are serving as inspiration for a growing number of make-up tutorials and tips. That is, for women, not men. All of which is a little different than a more Western boy band like One Direction, and raises the question of whether a K-pop invasion will really take off.
Or, whether American teenagers are really waiting for a less dolled-up, American version of what BTS is delivering. That is, an American boy band, not a South Korean one.
Nothing about the plastic surgery offended at me all, actually. Whether an idol gets plastic surgery or not, I really don't care, it doesn't change the reasons why I like them(even though I don't believe BTS got any work done.) But I just don't understand how unsourced this website is or this is just a standard hate website?