Recently I was going through a box of things I had shipped home from Korea. Metal chopsticks, cute notebooks, sparkly hair do-dads for my nieces, and this:
I can’t remember what it’s called in Korean but I do remember where it came from. A Korean co-worker was very concerned that I would never get married (a fate worse than death) because my face was too big. This thing would help me attract men by reducing the size of my face.
A small face is considered extremely beautiful in Korea. There is a Korean actress who is famous for having a 17cm face, and apparently she can hide her face behind a CD. As my marital status was a cause of much concern amongst my Korean co-workers, I frequently heard about this actress. Two things always sprang to mind when people told me about her: (1) she can’t be much of an actress if she’s famous for the size of her face; and (2) unless she’s a tiny person, she must look like she’s got a weirdly shrunken head.
But perhaps I’m judging her by my Western standards of beauty…
Now thanks to my co-worker’s kind concern, I can endeavour to have a small face!
I need only rub the little wheels along my face and over time (my co-worker had assured me in all seriousness) my enormous face would become an acceptable, husband-attracting size.
I think I shipped it home because it does feel quite lovely, like a little relaxing face massage. I haven’t observed any changes in the size of my face nor have I noticed any suitable gentlemen hurling themselves in my path but perhaps it takes time. I’ll keep you posted.