The 'Ideal' Young Korean Male 'Revealed'

      June 28, 2007 09:46

      A plastic surgeon has published a composite image of the ideal male Korean face.

      Rhee Seung-chul, the head of plastic surgery at Hanil General Hospital, made the image from the faces of 16 Korean Wave stars. Rhee had earlier done the same thing for women by making a composite image of 19 female stars.

      The ideal Korean male consists of bits and pieces from Kang Dong-won, Kwon Sang-woo, Kim Rae-won, Mun Jeong-hyeok, Bae Yong-joon, Jung Ji-hoon, Song Il-gook, Won Bin, Lee Wan, Jang Dong-gun, Jae Hee, Cho In-sung, Jo Hyun-jae, Ji Seong, Ji Jin-hee, and Hyun Bin? All of them popular not only in Korea but in China and Japan as well.

      He analyzed their faces with a computer program called BAPA, for "balanced angular and proportional analysis." The result is a slim face with chiseled cheekbones and a clear chin, big eyes, a long nose and long, thin upper lip.

      "According to the beauty theory that says the average of all the most preferred faces is the most beautiful, I made the new-generation handsome face by using the faces of stars that young Internet users like most," Rhee said.

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