Because of Korean dramas that many Filipinos, young and old, and of coming from different societal classes are hooked to. Korean looks become a fad. Not to lift our own chairs, we know it by heart that many Filipina actresses look even better than the most beautiful faces of Korea. Yet, KPOP is such a great influence to dictate even what pleases our eyes.After watching Korean hit dramas, everybody seems to want to look the same as that of the actors and actresses that they see. Admit it or not, of whether the way these people appear on screen is photoshopped or not, their flawless skin makes them look so innocent. Their girls are not the Hollywood model type. Most of them do not look hot or gorgeous but they are extremely pretty and charming that every man wants to take care of. The way KPOP Dramas portrays their girls make women all around the world to want to be taken care of and be protected by their men. We see them as brilliant Asian arts
. These make them feel so charming and so sweet, disregarding the underlying, which in fact is also blatantly portrayed, oppression to women given that Korea is a one big patriarchal society. But beauty, the arts, and brilliant creativity, are compositions innate to women. Such facade is what we see. We see prince charming and the soon to be princess. And just like any princess who is cast as lead in the story, whatever is in her just takes the breath of any girl viewer away who wants to be exactly like her. This is why in our country, we have so many Korean shoes left and right, not to mention we want their beauty products exactly applied on our skin. However, in clothing we stick to what we are used to. Filipinas are known for not overdoing their fashion sense. Compared to many in Asian countries, we are still the simplest. For us, it is always less is more. And yes, living for centuries in a hot spot as that of ours, will not make us embrace scarves
, trench coats, and layers of fabric for our clothing.
We hate to admit it but hypocrisy aside, most of Filipinas disgust their Hispanic/Chinese look. We want the pale complexion of Koreans rather than being tan—a color we got from our Hispanic ancestors just as we hate our slender physique because we want more from what our body is. The fact is we are good. And we are beautiful in our own right. But hey, yes…after watching KPOP dramas, no one can blame anyone if we find ourselves as fans to anything they have.
Jocelyn Apple is the Business Development Manager at Artyii, Asia’s leading community for emerging paint artists. Launched in November 2010, Artyii offers a powerful global platform to discover emerging Asian art. Over 500 artists from Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia have trusted Artyii, thus far. Membership is by-invite only. Apart from sharing art, artists can communicate with gallery owners and art collectors online to enhance their profile.