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