Toxic masculinity can be a subjective and controversial topic that may bring some intense intellectual battle. Several heated debate has already taken place because of this. Yes, there still is a lot of work that needs to be done. However, the Korean culture has proven that men can break the orthodox perception of what it means to be a man even in the simplest ways.
Say hello to skincare!
Everyone knows skincare is important and some may say it’s for women only. But South Korean men have already busted that notion. South Korea is known to be the mecca for beauty and skin care products and their men have proven that they, too, can use these products. This is further validated by actors and idols who openly share that they also have a skin care regimen. Truth is it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Starting a skincare routine can be as simple as cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Add some sunscreen during the day for protection because sunspots know no gender.
But why stop with skin care? Put on some makeup
Be it a K-pop boy group or a random person in the street, it is A-okay to swipe some lip tint on your lips. Using base such as foundation, BB and CC creams are no problem too. If it makes you presentable, then why not?
You like my hair? Thanks, just bought it!
Hair care and hair styling are also huge in this country. K-pop idols and artists have been sporting loud and bright colors. From silver white, purple, to blonde, each color from the spectrum is almost represented. But this isn’t just limited to artists, Korean men color their hair whatever shade without the fear of being judged.
Versace on the floor
Consistently breaking boundaries for men’s fashion will none other be the K-pop boy bands. Not only do we see women leading the charge in the Asian fashion scene, but also the men. And that’s possible because our favorite Oppas continuously prove that fashion knows no boundaries. Whether it’s a vibrant Versace printed shirt or a Louis Vuitton staples edition, Korean men never fail to deliver.
Dare to standout
An outfit can reach a whole other level, when accessorized correctly. From earrings, bracelets, necklaces, to rings, Korean men show us that jewelry can effortlessly elevate an outfit. With that extra glamour to an already dapper look, you would undoubtedly command the attention of the crowd.