My ID is Gangnam Beauty is a romantic-comedy inspired by a webcomic of the same name and will première at the end of this month. I am more than ready for romances to fill my summer viewing screen, so bring it on JTBC. As an added bonus, I have never heard of almost all of the actors in this show, so I have very low expectations for anyone and can hopefully just go into it fresh without an actors old role coloring my perception of their character.
This story is basically a plastic surgery success story. It is about a wallflower like young woman named Kang Mi-rae (played by Lim Soo-hyang), who was not attractive in high school. She was bullied due to her looks and wishes that she can be born again as a pretty girl. So she undergoes plastic surgery and becomes a knockout just in time for college. The only thing is, her personality is still that of a very shy insecure young woman, so she does not understand why all these people are giving her so much attention. Getting used to her new look and other people’s perception of her based on her new look is what this story is about.
The main male lead, Do Kyung-seok, is played by Chae Eun-woo. He is very attractive (natch) but does not like it when people focus solely on someones beauty because his mother is super beautiful and basically abandoned him when he was young. He begins to fall for Mi-rae and defends her when people start to call her Gangnam Beauty, which is a derogatory term for attractive women who have undergone plastic surgery.
I am usually not attracted to plastic surgery success romantic comedies because it feels like they can so easily send the wrong message. But in this case, I really like the tone of the show (so far) because the main girl didn’t get plastic surgery to impress a guy or to get a lot of people to like her. She did it for herself and is still her normal self; it’s everyone else around her that has changed.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty will air Fridays and Saturdays on JTBC at 23:00 Seoul time starting July 27th.