K-Drama Review: My ID is Gangnam Beauty – the story 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.
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’s a story about a timid and unattractive girl (Lim Soo Hyang) who was bullied in high school. She eventually gets plastic surgery to look beautiful and begins attending college, but she still faces a lot of difficulties. A romance begins to blossom with another student (Cha Eun Woo) who doesn’t care about looks.
What a nice drama My ID is Gangnam Beauty turned out to be! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but it ended up being a very thoughtful drama that explored some complicated issues.
“My ID is Gangnam Beauty” main characters
Lim Soo Hyang plays our leading lady, Kang Mi Rae. Mi Rae is extremely timid and was on the receiving end of a lot of bullying because of her looks. When it becomes too much, she eventually turns to surgery in hopes of finding a normal life as she enters college. But her surgery was a little too good, and it is evident that she had it. This ultimately leads to a new set of issues and having to face some of her inner demons.
Cha Eun Woo is Do Kyung Suk. Kyung Suk is very handsome and popular, but he is mostly unconcerned with what others think and keeps to himself. He’s also very honest and direct in his interactions with people. This trait allows Mi Rae to know what he says to her is true which is something she needs.
I thought this was a nice outing for Cha Eun Woo with this being his first lead role. He was a bit stiff overall, but at least that mostly worked with his character’s personality which was sort of bland. He did bring forth the needed emotions when it was called for though. But I certainly wouldn’t have minded having seen him smile just a bit more.
Jo Woo Ri as Hyun Soo Ah who is another student at the college. Now Soo Ah is something else. She’s beautiful and appears to be so very sweet, but that’s not the full story. She has this hidden manipulative side where she is jealous, constantly trying to control others, and creates situations that favour her. And then she lies amazingly well to cover it all up. She got under my skin!
Of course, she has plenty of her issues going on, but it’s not until closer to the end of the drama that we dig into them. So if you’re like me, you may hate her for the bulk of the drama and have a difficult time softening up to her later. She does a lot of really bad stuff!
Kwak Dong Yeon plays a teacher’s assistant named Yeon Woo Young. He’s a well-liked man who has an appealing personality. Of course, he takes interest in Mi Rae. I always love Kwak Dong Yeon, and this was another good role for him. Still waiting on some lead roles though!
My ID is Gangnam Beauty Review
My ID is Gangnam Beauty is such a lovely drama. It’s a low key kind of drama that makes you feel like you are a part of these college students lives. It’s fairly simple in terms of story, but it executed it wonderfully to keep me fully engaged and never bored.
The drama addresses a lot of issues around standards of beauty and how society treats people because of beauty. The issues are all interwoven quite nicely into the story by depicting common experiences students might have which cause them to be unfairly judged as well as how peer pressure causes some to accept this sort of treatment and for others to ignore it. It even tackles a little bit of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Kyung Suk also deals with some complex family issues. His relationship with his parents is a difficult one. I really liked this subplot overall since it really allowed us to see into Kyung Suk and his feelings as well as really padding up the story. And it integrated very well with the overall plot.
Kyung Suk and Mi Rae are a sweet couple. She still has a hard time believing someone would like her plus she is pretty oblivious to Kyung Suk’s fairly obvious feelings. He may not loudly proclaim them, but his actions are very clear.
The relationship progresses subtly but with plenty of nice moments throughout the journey. It was one of those times where I felt it took a bit too long for them to admit their feelings to each other though. These two dances around it like pros. But at least there are legitimate reasons why it is difficult for Mi Rae to admit her feelings. And I just thoroughly enjoyed their relationship as a whole.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty was a nice surprise. The topics it addresses are very relevant and relatable, but it’s also a sweet romance. Despite these heavier topics, it never gets overly angsty and remains fun throughout. It was such an enjoyable drama, and I’m happy I checked it out.
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