Ulzzang (pronounced uhl-jang) translates to "best face" or "good looking" in Korean. This slang is often used by netizens, contests including girls competing for the title of "ulzzang". However, even if this is true, Ulzzang has developed into a subculture/style, rather than a competition/contest event.
They're usually Korean girls (sometimes Chinese or Japanese; some even being in North America), who all share similar features. Eyes being the main focus and concept of the look. They usually use lots of products to make their eyes very large, such as eyelid glue, Korean cosmetic circle lenses, eyeliner, long fake eyelashes, etc. They also usually have fair skin, a small nose and thin small lips, just like anime characters. They use a lot of editing websites such as Photoshop and Haduri to edit their pictures to make them even more prettier. Some Ulzzang's have even gotten famous, such as Goo hye sun, Nam Sang-mi, Park Han-byul, Kang Eun-bi and Kim Hye Sung.
Some people find Ulzzangs incredibly cute and attractive, while others find them fake looking and hideous. All in all, Ulzzang has grown into nothing more than a stereotyped look, which will always be judged and have opinions, for the good or the bad.
Girl One: Ooh, look at those Ulzzang girls! They're really, really pretty. I wish I looked like that!
Girl Two: Ew, what the fuck? Why? They're so fake looking...and they're wannabes.
Girl One: Ah well, we all have opinions...!
Girl Two: *nods* Yeah, I know.Gyaru (ギャル)
is a Japanese transliteration
of the English
. The name originated from a 1970s brand of jeans
called "gals", with the advertising slogan
: "I can't live without men", and was applied to fashion
- and peer-conscious girls
in their teens
and early twenties. Its usage peaked in the 1980s and has gradually declined. The term gradually drifted to apply to a younger group, whose seeming lack of interest in work or marriage gained the word a "childish" image. It is now used almost interchangeably with kogyaru
and younger generations may consider it clichéd or even archaic
yui kanno:ma favorite gyaru!
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