Elise Hu's 'Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital' : It's Been a Minute Author and one of NPR's beloved hosts, Elise Hu, joins Brittany Luse to talk about her new book: Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. For Elise, what started as a professional move to Seoul turned into a long-term interest in beauty culture and the societal demand to look flawless. Elise and Brittany talk about the high price of South Korea's lookism, how the government props up beauty culture, the technological gaze, and how Korean beauty culture is spreading throughout the United States.

You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at ibam@npr.org.

Beauty culture in South Korea reveals a grim future in 'Flawless'

Beauty culture in South Korea reveals a grim future in 'Flawless'

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&#039;Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital&#039;, Elise Hu and a patient undergoing plastic surgery.
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Author and one of NPR's beloved hosts, Elise Hu, joins Brittany Luse to talk about her new book: Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. For Elise, what started as a professional move to Seoul turned into a long-term interest in beauty culture and the societal demand to look flawless. Elise and Brittany talk about the high price of South Korea's lookism, how the government props up beauty culture, the technological gaze, and how Korean beauty culture is spreading throughout the United States.

You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at ibam@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Alexis Williams and Jessica Mendoza. It was edited by Jessica Placzek. Engineering support came from Patrick Murray. We had fact checking help from Nicolette Khan. Our executive producer is Veralyn Williams. Our VP of programming is Yolanda Sangweni and our senior VP of programming is Anya Grundmann.