While watching Animax, I came across this show which made me do a double take. Called ” Pretty Boys and Girls”, this Korean-made show featured a gaggle of pretty boys as they try to compete against each other for the chance to be the ultimate pretty boy.
What, you haven’t heard of pretty boys?
Pretty boys (and girls) is usually prevalent in South Korea where they are called by the term “ulzzang” (best face in korean). Ulzzangs are pretty (pun intended) famous in the internet. Usually their best assets are their eyes (they use eyelid glue, circle lens and fake eyelashes) plus lots and lots of photoshop before they post their pictures in the internet. See here for more definition of Ulzzang.
Truth is, a lot of Korean idols started off as famous ulzzang celebrities: Goo hye sun, Park Han-byul, Kang Eun-bi and Kim Hye Sung all started as pretty girls and pretty boys in the internet.
This kind of sub-culture is so popular in South Korea that there’s even online tutorials on how to achieve that ulzzang look. For example:
If you ask me, I don’t have any problems with pretty boys (and girls) as they are really interesting and worthy eye candy. These are usually the kind you want to bring home to mom. Or they are the kind that you just want to look at over and over again. I repeat: look and not undress. The ulzzang’s Japanese counterpart is the bishounen — lithe, androgynous looking boys who look even prettier than your average girl.
But I do draw the line against the pretty boy who wears more make-up that I. Or the one who sways his hips to the music more efficiently than I do. Or the one who pouts and raises his eyebrow more bongga than I do. One of the “pretty boys” in the Animax show literally raised my “Gaydar” into full alert mode. He was so freaking funny as he is more maarte than the girls, and bitchy too! Watching the half-hour show and seeing this “boy” and his pa-diva literally made my abs hurt from too much laughing (instant work-out!). He is soooo maarte.
OMG, I just want to look for that danged guy and be-friend him. My gay friends would be so proud to have someone bongga like him in our fold–he will literally raise our “ka-divahan” level by a hundredfold.