Gangnam is an area in Seoul with the highest concentration of plastic surgeons' offices. Gangnam beauty then means someone who turned into a doll with the help of plastic surgery. It also refers to our female lead Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyung), though she has reasons to be obsessed with looking pretty. Read on to learn more about this webtoon-turned-drama.


Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) has been ugly her entire life. In middle school, the boys in her class used to call her names and pretend to be disgusted just to look at her. One day, she reaches her new low when the bullies lock her up in the men’s bathroom.

She probably didn't notice, but Do Kyung Suk (Myteen's Junseob), a quiet boy in her class, was one of the few people who saw her for who she was instead of how she looked. When she's locked inside of the bathroom, he comes to her rescue.

It's no wonder she's traumatized from all the bullying that she received simply because of the way she looked. After high school graduation, she undertakes a series of plastic surgeries for a big change in her life. This is how she looks post surgeries on her first day of college.

Campus life isn’t what she’d imagined it to be. For one, she runs into Do Kyung Suk (Astro's Cha Eun Woo) from middle school. Instead of feeling delighted to see an old face, she's worried to see someone who knows her old face. As you can probably tell, she's not ugly anymore but still carries confidence issues. Here's another challenge: People are calling her a Gangnam beauty, or a plastic monster, because she looks far from a natural beauty. Will she come to realize that true beauty lies within herself?

Throw in Hyun Soo Ah (Cho Woo Ri) to the mix. She's been pretty her entire life and can’t stand the fact that Do Kyung Joon, the best looking boy on the block, seems interested in someone else. Another supporting character is Yeon Woo Young (Kwak Dong Yeon), a fun, easygoing guy who likes Kang Mi Rae for her looks and nothing else.

The original webtoon serves as a social commentary on the standard of beauty and stuff people say just because you’re ugly or, on the contrary, good looking. Like the webtoon, the drama seems it’d get real on lookism pervasive in Korean society.



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My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Starring Cha Eun Woo and Im Soo Hyang

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