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Increasing number of Elementary school students are receiving skin care, plastic surgery, and makeup lessons in Korea

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Korean parents who are famous for investing heavily in their children's education are now starting to do the same for improving their child's outer appearance. 


On December 16, Chosun Ilbo reported about the recent trend that is sending kids as young as in the fifth grade to skin care spas. One mother, age 37, who was interviewed said, "I purchased a 3-month skin care package for my fifth-grade daughter... Before she starts a new school year, I want her to get rid of acne skin and scars; she will have clear skin...They say nowadays, your appearance is a competitive edge, so if she is pretty, she will be more well-liked by her peers." This mom shared that she also plans to buy skin brightening procedure as well as aqua peeling treatment down the road. 


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As Korean schools are about to begin their winter break, which lasts for about a month, many pre-teens' parents are exploring options to improve their children's looks. They are flocking to not only shopping malls to buy better outfits, but the newer trend is to use the winter break to work on dental work, skin care, and even plastic surgery. 


During winter time, these medical offices are crowded with elementary and middle school students who come with their mothers. Mrs. Jang, 40-years-old, said, "My son who is in fifth grade complained to me that his friends make fun of his protruding mouth, so we got him braces." 


Some of the plastic surgery offices are extending 40% off student discounts to middle school students. One staff member at a plastic surgery hospital said, "We do not encourage young students to get any work done since they're still growing, but there are many moms who bring their elementary school age kids and begs us to do an eye surgery on them; we have to convince them and say no." Winter special weight loss classes and courses to grow height are also very popular during this time of the year. 




Younger and younger girls are starting to wear makeup. So some parents are helping their kids choose better quality skincare and makeup products themselves. Mrs. Park who is a mom to a first-grade girl, said, "I decided to buy sunblock and lip products as a new school year present. The kids in her classroom just wear whatever other kids use, so it's better for me to buy good-quality products so she doesn't get skin trouble." 


Experts are attributing these trends to Korean teens' high interest in celebrities. Good-looking and well-dressed celebrities are highly admired, and the kids aspire to be like them. One education organization conducted a survey in May of this year with over 3,000 elementary school students, and 38% of them said that they wanted to become a celebrity when they grow up. In 1970s and 1980s, the number 1 answer among kids was President of Korea.  In 1990s, it was a physician. 


Other experts argue that it is actually the parents' desire for their children's success that is making these trends worse. Professor Im Woong stated, "Investing in children's beauty is another way to make your kids superior, other than education. It is not a good idea to implant an idea of 'no matter what, the only thing that matters is winning in a competition' to children who do not yet have a set of values for themselves," expressing his concerns for Koreans obsession over good looks.  

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    3percenter Monday, December 19, 2016

    As Metallica says  - "Hardwired to Self-Destruct." When a society becomes so obsessed with superficiality to this insane level it is bound to lead to serious repercussions. Basing every ounce of self-esteem and accomplishment on looks will lead to even higher rates of eating disorders, depression, and suicide. Very sad for these kids. What a great world their idiot parents are creating for them.

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    chaelicen Monday, December 19, 2016

    i guess it's better for parents to provide better products rather than their kid using school supplies or other cheap makeup but...  plastic surgery for elementary schoolers?? even middle schoolers is drastic. korean society is just... weight loss classes for kids who are still growing?? ever heard of puberty?? oh my goodness.

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    LordLiar18 Monday, December 19, 2016

    There is something really wrong with korean society nowaday!! I'm not surprised by the number of children who said they want to become a celebrity 'cause everyone has a dream like this when they are young but they will discover other things and some will switch their things.. It's really wrong to put in their head the only possibility: to be a very famous person!! That's totally wrong!!

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    Gallifreyan7 Monday, December 19, 2016

    WTF ?!

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    xoexobts Monday, December 19, 2016

    Those kids who want to become celebrities when they grow up should know that it would be hard to make it big and that there is a higher chance of them actually not making it at all. Seriously, instead of taking makeup lessons and using makeup, why not just worry about taking care of your skin and wait until you grow up? Using makeup at that stage of life isn't good for your skin. I swear, at some point in time - if they don't stop this insecurity about their looks that is - this country will be the ambassador of fake beauty. Or they can just create a habit where they DON'T judge the appearance of the people around them and being biased towards people who are 'beautiful'. They should appreciate who they were born as and be proud of who they are, on the inside AND outside. I mean if you're going to cover yourself with a mask, you won't be special anymore right? You'll just look like everybody else. Also, being a celebrity isn't something you should be if the only reason is their good looks and fashion statement; you'll need talent and motivation.

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    xoexobts Monday, December 19, 2016

    Also the parents shouldn't be encouraging these kids to 'become beautiful' like that. Why? Simple, they'll just become arrogant brats after everyone starts thinking highly of them. After all, a child's personality is quite flexible. Also, the parents should be encouraging the kid to be who they are and to stand up for them if they're being bullied; they need to be strong for their child, not let the child be dolled up and then letting them into the outside world without proper support.

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    roguehands Monday, December 19, 2016

    Idk if this is disgusting or just sad >:'( these parents need a whack on the head

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    akamepeace Sunday, December 18, 2016

    I'm shocked... Braces, sunblock, lip product a.k.a lipbalm are ok... but why must you let kids so young wear makeup and have plastic surgery?

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    Nekochan_chan Sunday, December 18, 2016

    When 38% of kids are telling you they wanna be a celebrity when they grow up, you know there is something VERY wrong with your country...

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    blackpinkismine Nekochan_chan Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Savage😹

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    kpophilippines Nekochan_chan Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Its ok to be celebrity, but when they changed their looks or always prioritize their looks instead of good personality then that where the problem arise.

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    Ryen Nekochan_chan Monday, December 19, 2016

    It's no surprise, tbh. Kids are easily influenced by what they see. Plus, they're young. Chances are they'll change their minds when they get older and discover a little thing called reality.

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    hohliu Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Goodness. how crazy that is. What values are you teaching the kids. Is that really the society they should live in? Madness...

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    IARMYGIRL93 Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Damn i teach kids in elementary  (2nd graders) and all they about is getting house points and some extra recess time to play and have fun. This is really sad, i know everyone wanna be pretty but there are some rules, it should be illegal to below q8 to get plastic surgeries! Im cool with PS ive done one (for health issues) and i will do more (but ofcourse not to the point to be unrecognisable i think its scary cuz everything has a limit, but seems in Korea limits dont exit i feel sorry for this generation

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    thefabcat92 IARMYGIRL93 Sunday, December 18, 2016

    don't worry. even plastic surgery doctors have conscience. they are not performing surgery on kids as they are still growing.

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    IARMYGIRL93 thefabcat92 Monday, December 19, 2016

    Hope so

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