The “Am I Pretty or Ugly” trend isn’t going to go away. That is, young women seeking validation based on their peers’ perceptions of their physical attractiveness — the most valuable commodity they have in a male-hegemonic world — through online videos is not surprising; only different. The difference is in the medium through which the question is asked in another time, our digital age, where the broadcast of oneself to the many is available, normal, and more than anything, alluring, in the way that new, culturally prescriptive tools of any age are to young men and women.
So whether it’s yesterday’s pageants, proms and mass media or today’s internet and online video, girls will always feel the cultural effects –in the form of who they can marry, the types of insults or compliments given to them, what jobs they may be eligible for – of their looks, and so it’s no surprise that they ask such an pragmatically important question – am I pretty or ugly? – but rather the surprise is that so many are not aware they had asked the same question themselves in different ways in their time, through their own mediums.
All of that leads up to this, “Am I Pretty or Ugly” girls: Make sure you get your angles right if you really want to know the answers. In South Korea, there is an online video trend wherein compilations are made of pretty girls shown first at unflattering angles and then at “correct,” flattering ones. The differences are pretty stark. Watch the videos below, girls, and remember, it’s all about presentation if you want to be a staahhhh in your social networking world.
4. More angles
3. Yet more angles
2. And more. There actually is no order here.
1. Angles … with boys!