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Watch 100 Years Of Korean Beauty In One Minute

The difference in standards for women between North and South Korea shows the effects of politics on beauty.

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Here is the latest installment of The Cut's 100 Years of Beauty series, Korea.

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While each video in the series has spoken to the ever-evolving idea of what ideal beauty looks like, the Korean beauty evolution is particularly interesting.

Once the video hits the 1950s, the standards of women's beauty are not only compared by decade, but also by region. Where South Korea has maintained a democratic government, North Korea has been ruled by a totalitarian regime that suppresses its citizens' freedoms.


Then, in the 1950s, after the Korean War, the country was split, and the beauty standards became extremely polarized.

South Korea mirrors Western standards of beauty, while North Korea styles have been dictated by its political regime.


Present-day beauty standards in North and South Korea have different focuses, too.

South Korean women wear false eyelashes and contour their bone structure. North Korean women focus on glowing skin without much makeup at all.

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This post has been changed to reflect the political context of North Korea.