A couple of months back, a video of a lady standing on the sidewalk wearing only her bikini and asking people to draw 'hearts' on her body went viral. It was a way of sending a message that everyone should accept their body, no matter what size it is.
And last weekend, as I was talking through Itaewon on my way home, I saw a couple of ladies, who were definitely not Koreans, standing on the sidewalk and asking people to draw 'hearts' or a write a message on their bodies.
A message on their board said: "TODAY I STAND HERE WITH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE FOR MY BODY".
I thought it was spot on. The message, that is.
The Korean society has a bad habit of judging people with how they look: from the color of their skin, to the kind of face, and to the type of one's body. That's the reason why plastic surgery clinics are raking it in. Everyone wants to look handsome and beautiful because if he or she is not, they feel inferior than everyone else. And if one is trying to find employment, they're sometimes judged, not by what's on their resume, but by the amazing result of their trip to a plastic surgery clinic! This kind of pressure from the society causes low self-esteem to many young adults in Korea.
And these ladies standing on the sidewalk of Itaewon were definitely trying to send a message that day to Koreans and foreigners alike: accept and love who you are!
Accept your body and face as they are, and there's no need to visit that plastic surgery clinic, or get into that fad diet programs and pills that could harm your body. Save your money instead, and spend it on movies, pizza, or on cups of iced cafe mocha. :-)