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The Korean Pageant Contestants Who Look Insanely Similar Finally Competed

Without photoshop getting in the way, we can see just how similar these young women look without retouching. So, is plastic surgery or just a pervasive culture of conformity to blame?

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Your standard internet everycritic blamed their, well, overlapping appearances on plastic surgery.

In a 2009 survey, one in five women in Seoul between the ages of 19 and 49 said they had had some type of cosmetic surgery. From the photos alone, it's difficult to tell how much photoshop might have assimilated the pageant contestants' appearances. But now that the pageant has happened we can begin to answer that question. Photos from the event suggest both photoshop along with a very specific cultural ideal of beauty contributed to the contestants' very similar physical appearances in these photos.

The pageant included a swimsuit contest, where the contestants performed light synchronized dancing while all wearing the same one-piece and heels.

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Already this is WAY more conservative than your standard U.S. beauty pageant.


Because the best part of any beauty pageant is a costume change, here's another one.

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Cocktail attire. Do these girls really look as similar to you as in the headshots? Or could it have something to do with the matching hairstyles/clothes/shoes?


Video footage of their work, for those who are unfamiliar:

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Note the relatively matte nature of these dresses compared to our Miss USA pageant.

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Where everyone looks like they walked off the set of the Great Gatsby, rolled in glue and then dipped themselves in glitter.


Here's some video footage of the proceedings.