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This Westerners Perspective of SNSD Beauty

Opinion by tiagih posted over a year ago
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Some of you may or may not agree with me on this so I give fair warning ahead of time...I don't care...jk. But seriously SNSD is a fun fanclub for me for the sole reason of figuring out which SNSD is most liked, hated, underrated, or overrated.

I won’t bore you with my long story of being introduced to SNSD but i will say that only one member got me into this group and it is Sunny. I saw her short blond hair on a YouTube video and was hooked ever since.

My point of writing this is because a lot of people keep trying to help me understand who is pretty, who is not pretty, or my favorite "This person can't be prettier than " " ". So with that I have decided to explain who I think is prettiest for me and give a perspective on how Westerners may think.

If you can remember a long time ago I did a pick on whom American audiences would consider their ideal beauty and here are the results. There is a reason why the top 4 are in the places they are in.



First place: Sooyoung by 37%

Well this is a shock to me considering America is trying this whole size "F" concept and people are always talking about nothing wrong with a little body fat, it makes since that this result shocked me the most
No one really gave me a "good" reason for why she came in first. Once person said that it’s because "she has a unique beautiful face that easy to recognize than the other members". Well so does Hyoyeon but let me see if I can understand this

Well let’s see Sooyoung, may appeal to a demographic that may appreciate her more than Koreans do. One is Sooyoung has a very distinct look from her skin tone to her strong bone structure and Americans like a person that is unique and can stand out from the crowd. Second is her tan skin, though not many people talk about, for me, that is something I always appreciate is a celebrity with a nice skin complexion.
Last would be her body frame, although Americans appreciate a more “child-bearing” figure I think honestly her figure is perfect for clothes like a model. I always say that everybody frame can fit somewhere and hers is in fashion.



Second place: Tiffany by 30%


Again a bit surprised since but a bit like Sooyoung I proably won’t understand. Again no one gave me a good reason why they picked her so I could try to understand this too.

First and foremost Tiffany is not high on my “list” nothing about her sticks out unless she opens her mouth and sings. Sorry she has nothing that I can say is what makes Tiffany, “Tiffany”.

Some other comments from other polls have said she has a nice “Fany” which I will say yeah that is true she has an asset that no one else in the group has. I could also say that Tiffany has a very long face and while it’s nothing unique, it is for the group. Something and I know someone will mention it is the “eye smile” well I saw other members do them to so that is not signature for “Tiffany”.

I don’t mean to sound harsh but bear with me, she cakes way too much makeup on for me to judge how good her face is. Don’t get me wrong she is not an ugly duckling, she has a nice figure but nothing special. She may appeal to audience just based on a good photo not necessarily what she is in person.


Third place: Sunny by 28%


Now don’t think because my Sunny Bunny is in third place I will gloat….well not as much. But come on what is not to like about her, she is sexy as heck and as cute as a bunny. I like the fact that she has more “meat” on her than the other members. I think she has more assets then everyone in the group combined.

I am American I pay attention to those things to. Its no coincidence she caught the attention of both Teddy Riley and Quincy Jones…just saying. She has full lips, and a curvy body I can understand why she is in the place she is….now lets be serious

Ok, if there is one thing I hate about Sunny is how she is being marketed as this cute little thing that makes you want to hug her. Everyone in the group is over the age of 20, so why is there still this “cute” aegyo thing going on. The thing I think is the reason why Sunny isn’t in first is simply her marketing and her lack of height.
Be honest people like at least 5’5 in height for a girl and Sunny she doesn’t fit the bill. Her waist isn’t slim and she has short limbs, that is enough to turn a person’s head away in fear of being attracted to a little kid. Harsh but true


Fourth place: Hyoyeon by 31%


Well ladies and gentlemen this is the final number..everyone after fourth place don’t have enough distinctive features for typical Americans like me to be impressed with.

First off I will be honest I was surprised that Hyoyeon wasn’t in the top 3. I mean she isn’t ugly and her feature are very exotic but why 4? Well we could say that she isn’t as pretty as the top 3, or we could say that her body type is more on the athlete side of the coin, all of which are valid answers. Hyoyeon is tricky for me because it’s a hit-or-miss with her. She has moments that she is really pretty (Time Machine) and moments when she is not very pretty (Gee).
Honestly I think people like Hyoyeon because of her aggressive or powerful dance moves, that is when she is most beautiful and most present (Dancing with the Stars anyone. She looked great). SM doesn’t really market her as this cute and pretty person…because she isn’t. HYOYEON ISN’T CUTE!!! I don’t know how many times I must say this, her and Sooyoung aren’t cute, nothing about their faces remind me of a baby or even a younger person.
They are fierce and I LOVE it. They may not shine when everything is “sugar coated” but its no surprise that since SNSD’s image is now more mature and confident that they outshine all the “pretty girls”. Sm as weird as they are, aren’t stupid everyone has their own season and this season is hers. They did the best thing for her by dying her hair but even when its brown she still looks fierce.

Side note and you may hate me for this but Hyoyeon needs to work on being a but more happy and smile with her teeth cause that whole “smile with my lips and don’t show my teeth” look really bugs be because it makes her look very unattractive.


Fifth place: Taeyeon by 27%


Well now we are moving on to “Asian” beauties, nothing wrong with that it’s just what it is.
My goodess does she have a pretty face…and that is where its stops. Nothing special about her looks really, you would like her more if you compare her to the other “Korean” looking people. Lets see…her face is really feminine but not too girly she is really just cute. Don’t get me wrong she can be diverse in her look from being hard rough to sweet and elegant but her main quality is in her voice not her body…sorry


Sixth place:TIED Yuri/Yoona by 32%


You all couldn’t make this easy for me could you but this was not surprising. I find it funny that they are tied at 6th place not 1st 2nd or 3rd .

Lets start with Yuri, lets be honest she is pretty and sexy to Asian people really not me. I mean anyone can squint their eyes and its looks sexy but its nothing special or signature for Yuri. Her features in her face aren’t really special, now her body that is something different. She has a nice athletic body and it still has sex appeal which I really appreciate. Its not that Yuri isn’t likeable but when people see you they see your face first then body later (I hope). I don’t really know why she didn’t beat Taeyeon because her body is way better if you ask me.

Yoona looks too young and I feel like she will never grow into her age sorry. I know Koreans like this whole “look young..like almost an elementary student” but that doesn’t fly well with me or most Americans for that matter. Her body is skinny and her face is too cute…what else has a skinny body and looks like a child…so if I find Yoona attractive…that means….no not a pedophile but I still think it is weird. Her does eyes are her greatest assets and that is IT. She lacks a mature body sorry, she is like Sooyoung except in Yoona’s case I will say she has some hips to her so bravo. This may sound

Seventh place: Jessica by 54%

I don’t care what anyone says if she had lost to Seohyun, I would have cried BIAS!!!!. But no, I am kind of surprised she isn’t higher, I mean her face is way prettier than Taeyeon’s and she has some assets to her. She has some “stuff” on top and she is very slim and has long limbs for her height. Have you seen her in fashion magazines I mean she is very beautiful. I think the problem is that everyone else was just most like, not that she is ugly but everyone else was most liked.

Last: Seohyun


Well there is no shock there, neither here or there does anyone think her beauty is radiant enough. Let me be honest, her figure is something to be feared and I mean in a good way. Modesty aside she has a great figure like Yuri except more to it. I know how hard it is to find a sexy or serious pic of Seohyun and finding them is like looking for a 4-leaved clover. I think her face though is not as great as her body.

When she is wearing a full outfit or suit you can see her body lines and their quite nice but her face for some reason just seems different. I like to think of Seohyun with a body like Yuri but a face like Hyoyeon. Maybe in time we will see a more fierce side of her but for now we are content in saying that she is just “pretty”

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vinxinc said:
I think Sooyoung is the most popular in the US (there's no official measure but that's what I generally find here) probably thanks to her distinctive look and her sexy attitude, oh and probably thanks to the David Letterman performance, she got more than half of the camera time (which had never happened in korea). Read the youtube comments, people went nuts about her. I even read a comment saying "Is she one of the stars and half of the others are only backup dancers?" As an American, I can clearly see why she's loved the most.
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tiagih said:
^ i didn't say she wasn't loved I just said her "body type" isn't something that I would think Americans would jump on the hay ride for it all. I am still in shock if you ask me
posted over a year ago.
 
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vinxinc said:
I'm just adding more to the reasons why Sooyoung is popular.

This would be my official list (which might have been different from what I voted before):

1. Sooyoung ^well-explained above
2. Jessica/Sunny - I agree that they should be high on the list
4. Tiffany - come on she's very cute. and she's the most fluent in English so obviously it's her big advantage as well. Sooyoung is very popular in Japan I would say mainly because she's the one who does all the talking.
5. Taeyeon - yes she's pretty and she is probably the best representation of Korean beauty. Plus, she's the best vocal. The best vocal always gets attention no matter what.
6. Hyoyeon - you probably dont agree with me putting her here. She's pretty distinctive but I'm being honest she doesn't have much charm. Americans might like an athletic looking girl as a friend but not as a star.
6(tied) Yuri - yeah I understand why people in Asia call her sexy. But I agree with you she doesn't look special at all.
8. Yoona ^well explained
9. Seohyun ^well explained
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vinxinc said:
At the same time, I think you're putting the Americans' ideals of white American girls (nice curves, breast, hips...) on this. However, they do have a different stereotypical view on Asian beauty. Those who like Asian girls are usually impressed with their skinny and somewhat fragile bodies. That's why Sooyoung and Jessica should be high up on the list. And maybe Sunny 'cause she's small and cuddly. Not to mention Jessica and especially Sooyoung have supermodel bodies as well.
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tiagih said:
^ Curse my deep southern ways of thinking jk, well that makes a lot of sense, not many people put a good reason for why a certain person was supposed to be in a certain place.

I hope my sense of humor is not taken as brutal criticism but I am trying to be fair across the board the top 4 are the ones that well get noticed by typical Americans, not those who know what Asians look like.
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I am actually not surprised by this! Hyoyeon, Sunny, and Sooyoung are very popular in the U.S.! Tiffany is too I guess :D! Thank you for sharing :D!
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tiagih said:
^trust me its just this poll
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C'mon everybody know that Hyo along with Sooyoung is most popular in America:))
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I'm not a Westerner so how could I argue with this one? XD
But yeah, I'm also surprised that Jessica's in the lower rank...just saying
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