Beauty has always been a popular subject explored in K-dramas, especially since there can be so many diverse interpretations of the theme! Beauty is also subjective, so everyone has their own definition of it, and the message each drama wants to convey may vary quite a lot. While K-dramas about beauty have the added bonus of a gorgeous cast, the real gems are the stories portraying how the characters discover and come to terms with their own definition of “beauty” as well as their journey of growth to find self-confidence.
Here are five K-dramas that explore the theme and have “beauty” in the title:
Based on a popular webtoon of the same name, the romantic comedy is about Lim Ju Gyeong (Moon Ga Young), a cheerful and optimistic high school student who uses makeup to deal with her insecurities about her appearance. She’s determined to hide her bare face from the world, so she learns to become an expert in makeup. She meets Lee Su Ho (ASTRO‘s Cha Eun Woo), a popular student who has his own emotional wounds, and they grow as they share their secrets with each other and learn to heal through love. Another point to watch out for is Hwang In Yeop‘s role as the wild but thoughtful Han Seo Jun.
Start watching “True Beauty” below:
On a slightly different note from the other romance-centric dramas on this list, webtoon-based drama “Shadow Beauty” tells the story of high school student Goo Ae Jin (Shim Dal Gi) who is a bullied loner at school. However, she leads a double life online as a popular influencer named “Genie” who is renowned for her flawless looks (played by fromis_9‘s Lee Nagyung). Golden Child‘s Bomin co-stars as class president Kim Ho In, who is in the same class as Goo Ae Jin, while PENTAGON’s Hongseok plays idol Lee Jin Sung, who was her only friend at school back when he was a trainee.
Binge-watch “Shadow Beauty” here:
Based on the hit original film “The Beauty Inside” (which is also a stunning must-watch), “Beauty Inside” is about top actress Han Se Gae (Seo Hyun Jin), who suffers from an unusual condition that causes her to live a week out of every month with a different appearance, and the brilliant airline company executive Seo Do Jae (Lee Min Ki), who can’t recognize people’s faces. The story follows their budding romance as well as the issues that arise from Han Se Gae’s unique condition. The star-studded cast also includes Lee Da Hee and Ahn Jae Hyun.
Start watching “Beauty Inside”:
In “Birth of the Beauty,” Sa Geum Ran (Ha Jae Sook) learns that her husband Lee Kang Joon (Jung Gyu Woon) is cheating on her. Although she tries to leave in order to change her life around, she gets into an accident and is mistaken to have passed away. Sa Geum Ran undergoes plastic surgery to make her transformation into Sara (Han Ye Seul), and she begins life anew after having been treated poorly in the past. Han Tae Hee (Joo Sang Wook) helps Sara make her drastic transformation in order for her to plot revenge, and the two fall in love in the process.
Start watching “Birth of the Beauty”:
“My ID Is Gangnam Beauty” is about a girl named Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) who gets severely bullied for her looks as a child and decides to get plastic surgery to embrace a new lifestyle. However, she finds that her new life is drastically different from what she had imagined, and she is forced to search for her own definition of beauty. Once in college, Kang Mi Rae meets her middle school friend Do Kyung Suk (Cha Eun Woo) who judges people for their inner character and becomes interested in Kang Mi Rae. In the process of exploring their relationship, Mi Rae begins to gain confidence once more and learns to find beauty from within through Do Kyung Suk’s support.
Watch “My ID Is Gangnam Beauty” here:
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