Planet China

Skin deep

In South Korea, where plastic surgery is almost as common as kimchi, girls routinely destroy photos from their youth. They don’t want fiancés and future mother-in-laws to see how they used to look. In Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, a girl took this a step further. The 24 year-old was dumped by her boyfriend when he saw she looked nothing like her mother, and suspected her beauty was ‘artificial’. The girl was determined this would not happen again; so she forced her 60 year-old mother to have extensive cosmetic surgery too – to ensure a family resemblance. The mother eventually complained that the surgery was becoming excessive. The girl is now receiving psychological help.


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