Pop Culture February 23, 2022
The classic ugly duckling transformation trope in stories has been proven to draw readers’ and viewers’ interest continuously. However, with True Beauty, a Korean drama series created from a Naver webtoon, the appeal doesn’t just come from the lead character’s metamorphosis but from all the little things that make up the story.
We list a few reasons why True Beauty remains one of the most-watched K-dramas on Viu, a streaming platform for all things Asian.
In the series, high school girl Lim Ju-kyung, played by Tempted’s Moon Ga-young, has been bullied for almost all her life for being “ugly.” She has no friends she can rely on in her old high school, only the reprieve offered by a comic book store she frequents.
Ju-kyung finally found the courage to fight her bullies simply by showing up. Usually, that’s all it takes.
What allowed Ju-kyung to truly enjoy her high school life was when she discovered the power of make-up and the confidence that it brings.
After binge-watching make-up tutorial videos with not being bullied as the goal in mind, she accidentally turned herself into the prettiest girl in her new high school. However, the series also pointed out that it took a lot of practice before Ju-kyung could do her make-up well.
Throughout the episodes, she met resistance from unexpected people about her goal of becoming a make-up artist, but she persevered. This perseverance led her to the fulfillment of her dream.
Ju-kyung’s relationship with her family makes True Beauty truly beautiful. Her siblings, both good-looking, are there for her every time she needs them.
Their family has a chemistry that we often see in family-oriented K-dramas like Reply 1988, She Was Pretty, and My ID Is Gangnam Beauty. You can watch all these series on Viu.
Friendship is one of the relationships supposed to go beyond the physical, and True Beauty has proven that this remains true. Ju-kyung has also found intangible friendships on the internet, highlighting that it is possible to find well-meaning people.
In an article released by Elle Magazine, it says that the appeal of K-dramas is founded on, among other things, “the bold and skillful storytelling with which K-Dramas tackle societal issues, personal struggles, and universal themes such as family, friendship, and love make for thoughtful content that resonates with audiences across geographical borders.”
True Beauty is proof of this. The series emanates light, fun, and warmth. Taking us back to first loves and problems that only teenagers experience, True Beauty can sometimes both be heart-wrenching and heartwarming.
Yes, we are talking about Cha Eun-woo, who starred as Lee Su-ho. If there’s one reason you should watch True Beauty, again and again, it’s for Cha Eun-woo’s pretty face.
We are often enamored by Korean dramas for the cast’s excellent portrayal, but, admittedly it’s also for their pretty faces.
Suppose the reasons we listed are enough for you to stream True Beauty, then no worries because through Smart’s Giga Life App, you can enjoy the series by simply subscribing to Giga K-Video’s FREE Viu Premium, which also offers 1 GB per day of K-Video every day!
You can find out how to subscribe here.
Enrich your True Beauty experience even more with Smart’s recently launched Hallyu Hangouts series with Cha Eun-woo – the latest Korean idol to charm fans. Smart and TNT subscribers can easily enjoy the Hangout sessions by downloading the GigaPlay App.
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