Listen now (40 mins) | Exploring the intersection of lookism, anti-fatness and Korean beauty culture with Elise Hu.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. Even if you don't consider yourself a Korean beauty aficionado, its beauty culture has touched you.
I know not all girls care about beauty but the book did make me wonder what I would do if I had daughters who fell into the beauty industry vortex (unlike my sons whose main beauty treatment is taking a shower). It seems so hard to try to instill wisdom, self love and just plain common sense into creatures who are so susceptible to marketing and the notion that being a woman = working on your body and beauty.
I was not aware of the “Escape The Corset” movement in Korea. Amazing. This interview really picks apart the nuance of K-Beauty culture. Can’t wait to read Flawless.
What a great interview! I just got the audiobook so I can read Elise's book this month!
Great interview! I’m excited to read this book. I couldn’t help thinking about the connections to Jessica Wilson’s work, discussed in her book, It’s Always Been Ours, and your interview with her.
I can’t wait to read this. So many overlaps with what we choose to wear and why. Jessica Defino said in a recent interview something to effect of: in this culture, we can’t make any choices “just for me”, we’ll always be affected by so many societal factors, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot.
When i visited South Korea in 2019 to see my brother he arranged for a friend of his to take me shopping, and i was astonished to be in a mall that seemed to be entirely beauty product shops. One of the things i HAD to buy was some face wash that used Princess Fiona from Shrek on the pkg, and given that I'm a redhead who is like, twice the size of every Korean woman i saw, i felt seen. 😁
Thanks for highlighting this book. I just requested it from the local library!