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Ailee Weight Issues: Singer Reveals Mixed Feelings About Korea’s Body Standards

Singer Ailee is known for her powerful vocals and voluptuous figure. The Don’t Touch Me singer appeared as a guest on SBS’ radio show called Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time yesterday and tackled about the Ailee weight issues. As the discussion went on, Ailee went on to express what she thinks about people and their perception of her body.

Ailee Weight Issues: Her thoughts about the matter

Ailee has been one of the constant targets of Korean netizens by being “too fat”. Some even claimed she needs to go on a diet and visit the gym often. Just a few months ago, netizens body-shamed Ailee for being “too thick” when she attended the Superstar K 2016 press conference.

On the other hand, a listener of the Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time radio show commented about the Ailee weight issues. The listener said that Ailee should stop dieting because “she is pretty now.” Even the host, Choi Hwa Jung, agreed with the statement.

“I’ve gained a bit more weight since when I was really thin. What’s weird is that I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. When I’m losing weight, people tell me to gain it back and when I gain weight, people tell me to lose it,” Ailee said regarding her weight loss.

Read more: Ailee Opens Up About The Mixed Messages She Receives About Her Weight

Body and Beauty Standards in South Korea

Photo credit: Screenshot from the video "Body Image Issues in Korea" taken from the YouTube channel of Hallyu Back

Photo credit: Screenshot from the video “Body Image Issues in Korea” taken from the YouTube channel of Hallyu Back

South Korea is known for its high standards when it comes to beauty and image. Everyone is expected to follow these criteria, especially the celebrities. According to an article in Babble, to be beautiful in Korea, one must have pale skin, double-folded eyelids, a small head, and a very slim frame. Women also wear makeup that made them look fresh-faced and young, with dewy skin, large eyes, and tinted pink lips as the most common looks. This is in contrast to the beauty standards of the West. There, tanned skin and fit, toned bodies are glorified. Makeup looks also tend to be on the dramatic, smoky side with matte lips, elongated eyeliners, and lots of contouring and highlighting.

An article from Buzzfeed also exposed what a woman experienced when she lived in Korea to teach English. There, she talked about how one of her students were made fun of because of the latter’s dark skin and how she couldn’t find a dress her size in local Korean stores.

Read more: Are the Beauty Standards in Korea too Strict?

The Ailee weight issues are something that the singer must face in a country where beauty and body standards are strictly followed by all women. However, every nation has its own set of standards that may be unattainable to some. Like iconic actress Audrey Hepburn said: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

 

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