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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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