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Fair Skin, Beauty Standards in Korea and Singles Inferno - Episode 89

January 18, 2022

Fair Skin, Beauty Standards in Korea and Singles Inferno - Episode 89 The Korean Beauty Show Podcast

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Fair Skin, Beauty Standards in Korea and Singles Inferno - Episode 89 of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast

Episode Description:

On this week’s K-Beauty news wrap up, we’re taking a look at how a new Korean reality TV show on Nextflix, Singles Inferno, has shed light on colorism in Korea. We're exploring why the preference for fair skin has a different history than you might imagine. 

 

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Korean News Headlines: Singles Inferno and Korea's Preference for White Skin 

Netflix Korea's dating show "Single's Inferno" has sparked debate on skin colour preferences in Korea. 

The controversy centred around a female participant named Ji-yeon and the men on the show who repeatedly praised how light and fair her skin was.    

International viewers criticised the commentary in her skin colour, pointing out that it is colorist, problematic and potentially racist.  

But recent news articles in Korea have hit back on this assessment, arguing that the preference for light skin in Korea has little to do with racism or a desire to be like Caucasians. Instead, they say that the beauty standard can be traced back to ancient times, and has nothing to do with other races, unlike in many other Asian societies.    


Question of the Week: Which face oils are best for which skin types?

This week's listener question was about the perfect facial oil for each of the different skin types. Try:

Oily Skin: Grapeseed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Squalane, and Tamanu Oil 

Dry Skin: Avocado Oil, Marula Oil

Combo Skin: Tamanu Oil

Mature Skin: Rosehip Oil, Tamanu Oil

If you have a question you'd like answered on the Question of the Week, submit it to our team via email or our Facebook / Instagram pages.  

 


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"International viewers [of Singles Inferno] criticised the commentary in her skin colour, pointing out that it is colorist, problematic and potentially racist. "

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast

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