Pretty girls gone ugly: 10 successful K-drama reverse makeovers
Makeovers are a drama classic. The shy, awkward girl meets a rich man who buys her nice clothes and gives her a nice hairstyle. The more awkward the woman is to begin with, the more satisfying the transformation is in the end. Unfortunately for these makeovers, most drama actresses are so beautiful to begin with that no one really believes they're ugly in the first place. Every once in a while, though, a drama really goes the extra mile to give a naturally stunning actress a convincing reverse makeover. Here are ten of the best drama uglifications:
1. Hwan Jung Eum, Full House Take 2
Why did this happen? WAAAAAAE? All it takes is a terrible perm and some unfortunate accessory choices to make the fresh-faced Hwang Jung Eum look like one of the Golden Girls.
2. Yoon Eun Hye, Coffee Prince
Eun Hye is going to be on this list multiple times. One of the things that makes her such an engaging actress is her ability to completely transform for a role. One minute, she's modeling clothes like a champ, and the next minute, she's a convincing boy--and not a very cute one, at that.
3. Son Ye Jin, Personal Taste
4. IU, Dream High
Not only did it take a fat suit, a wig, and some glasses to diminish IU's naturally adorable state, but they also added a bunch of makeup that kind of made her face look like it was melting off. Even then, they couldn't block her voice! Let's see how she pulls off an adorably dorky look in her new drama with Jang Geun Suk, Pretty Man, which comes out tomorrow!
5. Gong Hyo Jin, Pasta
This is another one of those actresses who is so versatile that she shows up on this list twice. Even though the reverse makeover in Pasta wasn't as dramatic, I chose it because of how long I waited. And waited. And waited for someone--anyone--to please fix Gong Hyo Jin's bangs in this show.They looked like someone cut them with a weed whacker, and they were pointed in a different direction in every scene. Dressing like a homeless person didn't help either.
6. Lee Chung Ah, Flower Boy Ramen Shop
For most of this show, Lee Chung Ah couldn't hide her beauty, but I have to admit that the combination of poor lighting and having her ears sticking out of a hoodie are making a pretty good attempt here. I still kind of want that hoodie, though.
7. Yoon Eun Hye, Marry Him If You Dare
I told you Yoon Eun Hye would be on this list more than once. This look was just too bad to pass up. I understand nothing in this photo. Is that a train conductor's hat? That can't fit over the wild poodle she calls hair? For weeks, I kept saying, "I don't know if I can keep watching this show if I don't get a makeover this week!" This falls into the "so bad it's distracting" category.
8. Gong Hyo Jin, Master's Sun
And here's Gong Hyo Jin again! Despite the fact that she is simply gorgeous in real life, she does not seem to shy away from portraying characters who are less than fashion savvy or personal hygiene-aware. It didn't help that her character, Gong Sil, frequently dressed in clothes that made her resemble a hospital patient.
9. Nikki Hsieh, Substitute Princess
This Taiwanese drama shows the Kdramas how it's done. The false teeth and the mole that you can't stop staring at no matter how hard you try are surefire ways to make the transformation later in the series that much more dramatic. I had to check three different websites before I believed it was the same actress in both roles.
10. Go Ara, Answer Me 1994
With her hazel eyes and long silky hair, Go Ara is arguably one of the prettiest Korean actresses, but in Answer Me 1994 those locks are chopped and she successfully makes some of the most awkward faces imaginable. Good job at capturing the character, Go Ara!
11. Sulli, To the Beautiful You
Sorry, Sulli, but a bowl cut isn't enough to cover your pretty face. Maybe if you wore less lip gloss?
12. Gu Hye Sun, Boys over Flowers
Not only did Jan Di look decently cute in her normal clothes, but every single one of her makeovers actively made things worse. That's just unacceptable!
Any other successful reverse makeovers in your favorite dramas? Comment below!
Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco atKdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.