Kim Yu-Na, the 19-year-old figure skater from South Korea who is the reigning figure skating world champion and a 2010 Winter Olympics gold medalist is rumored to have undergone plastic surgery to enhance her looks. A recent story in the Daily World Buzz points out that since Ms. Yu-Na is a personality and celebrity in her country, there is a great emphasis on her looks and the Asian beauty may have undergone plastic surgery procedures to achieve a more westernized appearance.
Kim Yu-Na is the first ever South Korean figure skater to win the ISU Junior Grand Prix Series, and she has won several other competitions and awards over the course of her young career. The young star earned $7.5 million in 2009. She’s under a tremendous amount of competitive pressure, and has already appeared in ads and commercials to promote beauty products, and her strong Asian features have helped her reach a wide audience at home, and overseas.
Still, the rumors that Kim Yu-Na has undergone plastic surgery are still unconfirmed. Many Asian men and women do pursue plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures such as the eyelid lift and eyelid surgery to create a heavier-looking lid that looks like the Western ideal. Others may undergo facelift surgery, rhinoplasty or a forehead lift.
Industry statistics indicate that approximately 76 percent of Korean women in their 20s and 30s have undergone plastic surgery at some point in their lifetime, and many opt for “double-eyelid surgery” to achieve their ideal look. Over 25 percent of Korean college graduates also pursue plastic surgery to enhance their image and secure a better job. Interestingly, a doctoral dissertation published by researchers at Kyung Hee University’s Clothing and Textiles department reports that 69.96 percent of female survey respondents age 18 and over had suffered a significant amount of stress because of their appearance.