This photo submitted for "face judging" received the comment: "If you tilt your head 45 degrees you could be an ulzzang," meaning "best" or "perfect face."
More and more teens in South Korea are asking netizens to rate their faces
in order to get an "objective" opinion on their attractiveness, or potential in the booming talent industry. A quick search of Korean websites reveals numerous posts from teens putting themselves on the line for judgement. One "face judge" recently revealed his or her standards for 얼평 (eolpyeong: judging faces).
"Grading Standards for Face Rating:
100 points: An ulzzang! (ulzzang means "best face" or "perfect face")
90 points: Good enough to be the school ulzzang?
80 points: Good enough to be the prettiest in the class?
70 points: It's indefinite. Not ordinary-looking, but not pretty either
60 points: Just ordinary-looking; not ugly
50 points: A bit ugly
40 points: Very ugly
30 points: Almost vomit-inducing
20 points: Needs to be born again
10 points: Is this a face?
0 points -- (expletive)..?"
In a society dominated by pop culture and celebrity, are face graders providing a service, or just taking advantage of young people's insecurities?