Gangnam Beauty (Korean: 내 아이디는 강남미인; RR: Nae aidineun gangnammi-in; lit. My ID is Gangnam Beauty ) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri and Kwak Dong-yeon. Based on the webtoon of the same name published in 2016 by Naver WEBTOON,
it centers on the life of a college student who went under cosmetic surgery to evade derision from her bullies yet her decision seems to backfire as her peers ridicule her artificial look.
The title of the webtoon and of the TV series alludes to the Korean word gangnammi-in
(Gangnam beauty), a derogatory term in South Korea for people who are attractive but
look as if they went through a number of plastic surgeries for a pretty face, a hot body or both.
The series premiered on JTBC on July 27, 2018 and aired every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST).
It garnered praise for its portrayal of issues affecting South Korean society, particularly
on its superficial beauty standards and discrimination on the basis of physical appearance
Kang Mi-rae (Im Soo-hyang) decides to get plastic surgery after years of being bullied
because of her looks. Her “rebirth” seems successful at first, but as her life at the university unfolds, her plan starts to backfire.
The pressure of being a “pretty girl” begins to get to her and, worse, those who can see through her surgery ridicule her and tag her as the “Gangnam plastic surgery monster”.
The drama follows Mi-rae’s story of recovering self-esteem as she gets to know her classmate, and former schoolmate in middle school, Do Kyung-seok (Cha Eun-woo).