I have always been uncomfortable if someone compliments my appearance. Usually because I don’t think about it too much and tend to focus on aspects of my character instead. Fortunately, the student choruses of “Teacher, pretty!” are finally dying down, but the issues of Western and Korean beauty standards are still at the forefront of my mind. Especially after today.
This afternoon, I met one of Ye Bin’s friends at the mall. We ate pizza, practiced English and Korean, and then went to a photo booth. Even though I usually dislike taking pictures of myself, it was surprisingly a lot of fun to make silly faces and poses.
But when we went to print the pictures, a Photoshop application popped up on the screen. That’s where it went downhill.
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