Miss Korea 2012 Dubbed ‘Miss Plastic’ by Netizens

Netizens are disgusted by Miss Korea's obvious surgical enhancements

‘She’s beauty and she’s grace, she’s Miss plastic surgery’s face,’ or at least according to Korean netizens who were in their thousands to condemn 2012’s selection for the Miss Korea beauty pageant, Kim Yumi. Shortly after being crowned Korea’s beauty queen, photos from her school days emergered on the Internet, leading many to suggest she had most probably gone under the knife. These claims were later confirmed, when Kim Yumi openly admitted she wasn’t natural. At least she’s keen to face the fact her new face lost her face.

Before photos:

…and after:

Miss Korea 2012 Kim Yumi

Miss Korea 2012 Kim Yumi

Miss Korea 2012 Kim Yumi in bikini

Miss Korea 2012 Kim Yumi in bikini

Comments from Daum:


If she’d come out with her own natural face, she would’ve never made it as far as the finals. Plastic surgery is, therefore, a clear infringement of rules, and she should be deprived of her rights to apply for the pageant.


Just abolish this beauty pageant. It’s just a money-maker for the winners. It’s not like they enhance national glory or something.


Scrap the Miss Korea contest. It’s irritating.


Plastic surgery Korea… At first glance, I can tell she did every kind of surgery including a bimaxillary operation.


Miss Korea? That’s literally ANYONE’s game if you can endure massive plastic surgeries. The contest is more like ‘Mess [knife] Korea’ than ‘Miss Korea’. The winners have such fake faces…


Her ‘original face’ is too different from the ‘after-surgery face’. Her original features are more or less untraceable, yet she’s the winner. The judges must feel a bit lost for words too.


Frankly speaking, it’s problematic that they join the pageant after getting cosmetic surgery. Foreigners would scoff at it and say Korea is dominated by Lookism where people become beauties by having plastic surgery.


Kim Yumi returning her crown and living quietly seems to be the best way to deal with this situation, yet I assume the association would turn it down since it doesn’t want to admit its own mistake…


I wonder how much money she’s spent on her face. I’d rather show respect to the person who made her look this pretty when she was young.


If her natural state was just ‘normal’, then she wouldn’t have heard those harsh comments. She had such an ugly, unlikeable face with a hint of ‘Tibetan lady-in-waiting’. [referring to an extra actress known for a striking resemblance to a Tibetan fox]


Broken reputation? Her reputation isn’t even built! The title of the contest should be ‘Miss artificial beauty’ or make a natural beauty contest separately.


Now we’d better get plastic surgery during our primary school years… She should have done at least a double eyelid earlier he he he he he he he he he he he… then, it would have been less noticeable.


The crown should go to the plastic surgeon.


How can you guys speak ill of the victory that is South Korean plastic surgery?That’s why its hard to have a hero in South Korea… if that picture was distributed in China and Japan…it’d attract about a million extra medical tourists a year. In a word, Miss Korea is ‘a goose with golden eggs.’ Has there ever been a Miss Korea who was as lucrative [for our country] as Kim Yumi is? Every other Miss Korea was busy being an entertainer…


She looks breathtakingly beautiful. Why can’t nature produce that level of beauty?


I feel sick… feel like throwing up.


She wouldn’t have even won the ‘Miss pepper contest’ before surgery. The plastic surgeon is god, amen! ke ke ke


It should be mandatory to submit the contestants’ high school graduation photo albums.


You can’t usually turn an ugly girl into a beauty pageant, yet Kim Yumi somehow became a completely different person. That level of transformation should be impossible without having extreme surgeries on the cheekbone and jaw. I’m not judging her for just having had plastic surgery though, I just think she went overboard to enroll in the beauty pageant. It would’ve been fine had she simply lived her life with her new pretty face. Her desire for the title was way over-the-top. How can she act like she’s the most beautiful woman in Korea with such a surgically altered face?

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