Beauty Standards, Technology, and K-Beauty with Author Elise Hu

In this provocative interview, NPR host-at-large Elise Hu, author of the new book Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital, talks about the rise of South Korean pop culture and its effect on global beauty standards. She explains how A.I.-generated photo filters can perpetuate discrimination; why “beauty work” now begins in elementary school; and what you can do to find balance in a culture that equates self-improvement with empowerment. Plus, we discuss how to think critically about new cosmetic treatments such as “trap Botox,” advanced dermal fillers, jaw slimming, calf-reduction surgery, and more.

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