Artist and photographer Aoife Casey recently embarked upon a project, an upcoming exhibition, to celebrate natural beauty in Korea, a country known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. In Casey’s words: “The Natural Beauty Project is a body of work consisting of black and white portraits of Korean women, speciﬁcally those who have not had any plastic surgery to date. The project has originated from a strong realisation upon moving to Korea the huge impact plastic surgery has on the culture. The work is a comment on notions of beauty ideals and the effect of the phenomena of plastic surgery in Korea.”
Here are a selection of photographs from the project, profiling a few of the all-natural females Casey has worked with.
Choi Min Jeong is a student of French, literature and Business administration who believes people are beautiful the way they are.
Ara Jo Zjesty- ARA is a Korean based fashion designer who studied at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2009. Her collections are produced in South Korea. Ara makes clothes for women who embrace their confidence and beauty.