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"True Beauty" is one of the most looked forward webtoon adaptation to drama this year. It is one of the numerous adaptations of webtoon into drama in 2020. "True Beauty" webtoon has fans all across the globe and they are eagerly waiting for this drama.

ASTRO's Cha EunWoo has the lead role. He will be back to the small screen with another webtoon adaptation. He previously acted in the hit "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" which was also a webtoon adaptation. Cha EunWoo has earned popularity with his idol and acting activities. His latest drama was "Rookie Historian Goo HaeRyung". Fans are waiting for his new acting project.

Moon GaYoung was cast as the lead female role. She previously acted in dramas such as "Tempted", "Welcome to Waikiki 2" and "Find Me In Your Memory". Many are looking forward to her chemistry with Cha EunWoo.

Model and rookie actor Hwang InYeop was cast as the second male lead. He previously acted in the web drama "WHY" and appeared in "Tale of Nokdu" and "18 Again".

Park YooNa gained popularity with her acting in "My ID is Gangnam Beauty", "SKY Castle", "Hotel del Luna". She has one lead role in "True Beauty".

Director Kim SangHyub working on "True Beauty" previously worked on "Glamorous Temptation", "The King in Love" and "Extraordinary You" and writer Lee SiEun worked on "Rude Miss YoungAe" and "Top Star U-Back". SF9's Chani, Lee JaeWook, Kim HyeYoon, and Lee TaeRi will make cameo appearances.

Kpopmap viewers previously selected BLACKPINK's JiSoo, BTS's Jin, and Kwon HyunBin (VIINI) as the most wanted cast for the adaptation through polls.

Here is more information.


True Beauty (2020)

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary




Title: True Beauty / Yeosingangrim / 여신강림

Director: Kim SangHyub

Writer: Lee SiEun based on the story of Yaongyi

Network: tvN

Runtime: From Dec. 9

Genre: Romantic comedy

# of Episodes: 16

Language: Korean



It tells the romantic comedy story of JuGyeong who has a complex about her appearance and who turns into a goddess thanks to makeup and of SuHo who keeps hidden scars. The two met and by sharing their secrets they grow and restore their self-esteem.



"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


Moon GaYoung as Lim JuGyeong

JuGyeong is a second-year high school student who just transferred. She is the most beautiful woman in the universe and a popular goddess, but that is only through makeup. There is a huge difference before and after makeup.

She wonders how she can be this unlucky. Her mom is not pretty but she is smart, her dad is not smart but he is even more handsome than Tom Cruise. Her older sister and younger siblings only got the good sides of her parents: they have good looks and are smart. However, on her side, she only got the bad sides.

Nevertheless, she is positive and bright.


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


ASTRO'sCha EunWoo as Lee SuHo

SuHo is a very handsome and perfect high school student. He receives the attention of everyone but is interested in no one. Even if he looks cold on the outside, he is actually kind-hearted and gets shy easily.

His father is a top star who was always busy and his mother passed away after she suffered from cancer for a long time. SuHo was always alone but he finally opened his heart to his friend SeYeon. His world became even colder after SeYeon passed away 1 year ago.


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


Hwang InYeop as Han SeoJun

SeoJun has attractive good looks and a model-like physical. Because he trained for a long time to be an idol, sometimes he lacks common sense.

Because of his rebellious vibes, there are rumors about him being related to gangsters. But this is actually wrong. He is a warm son and sweet older brother who takes care of his sick mother and little sister.

SeoJun used to be friends with SuHo but because he thinks he is responsible for the death of their friend SeYeon, they are now enemies. He was tangled with JuGyeong by some bad events but in the end, he fell in love with her.


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


Park YooNa as Kang SuJin

SuJin is the original no-makeup goddess of Saebom High School who does not need makeup, app filters, or photoshop. She is beautiful and is confident.

She studies well and is from a wealthy family. SuJin seems perfect from the outside, but she is actually having a hard time because of her oppressive family. She is always pretending to be fine. She became closer to JuGyeong through SuA.


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Kang MinAh as SuA

SuA was the best friend of SuJin but after JuGyeong transferred to the school, she became closer to her.

She is very friendly and talks a lot. SuA is an ordinary high school girl, who relieves stress at the karaoke. She is a big fan of the group A-TEEN.


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

tvN / "True Beauty" webtoon

Im SeMi as Lim HeeGyeong

HeeGyeong is the older sister of JuGyeong. At the difference of her younger sister, she is gorgeous and graduated from a prestigious university.

She worked at a famous broadcasting company and proved her skills. She is now working for a development team.


Interesting Facts

Here is one of the official teasers.

Here are the official posters.

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary


"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary



About the webtoon

The webtoon is popular all over the world with 4 billion views (accumulated total), you can read in English here. The webtoon written by Yaongyi started back on Apr. 2018. For the description of all the characters in the webtoon, you can check our previous articles here.

Have a glimpse at the webtoon below.

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

"True Beauty" webtoon

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

"True Beauty" webtoon

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

"True Beauty" webtoon

Here are the actors and their characters.

"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

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"True Beauty" (2020 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Cha EunWoo
Hwang InYoup
Kang MinAh
Lim SeMi
Mun Ka Young
Park YooNa

A fourth-generation New Yorker, Elizabeth Taylor is a licensed Esthetician and the owner of True Beauty Brooklyn beauty studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has owned True Beauty Brooklyn for 7 years, specializing in skincare for melanin-rich skin, the art of brow shaping for natural and permanent eyebrows, and making intimate connections with would-be strangers, while they lay half-naked on her esthetics table. She and her co-podcaster Alix have leant her expertise to beauty stories in The Washington Post, New York Magazine’s The Strategist and GOOP.


A native New Yorker, Alix Shapiro, hailed by many as the best wax technician on this side of the East River, is a licensed Esthetician who specializes in skincare, and the art of shaping beautiful eyebrows.

Due to the nature of her specialty (intimate waxing for women), Alix professionally befriended strangers in New York City for 10 years before working at True Beauty Brooklyn, and co-creating The True Beauty Brooklyn Podcast with Elizabeth.

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Series / True Beauty 2020

I'm Jugyeong. A goddess... that is only until I remove my makeup.

True Beauty (original Korean title: 여신강림, literally "The Advent of a Goddess") is a tvN Korean Drama, based on the Webtoon of the same name. It premiered on December 09, 2020.

Im Jugyeong has had it pretty rough; born as the ugly middle daughter of her family, she's been ridiculed for her appearance her whole life and has become an easy target of Attractiveness Discrimination. After a rather harsh rejection, she decides to make herself prettier with makeup via online tutorials. When her father's debt problem forces the family to move back into their old hometown, she decides to start over socially as well; with her now-perfected makeup, her ugliness disappears and suddenly, she goes from being ostracized to being admired as one of the prettiest girls in the school. All the while terrified that her bare ugly face could accidentally be revealed to everyone.

But what would a Korean Drama be without two male love interests? Jugyeong finds herself in a Love Triangle between two of her classmates, Lee Suho; the cold but handsome top student and Han Seojun; the bad boy and the school's wild horse as described by one of the students. The two boys seem to have it out for each other and no one knows why. But as they all bond together, will Jugyeong ever get the confidence she needs to go out without makeup?

Not to be confused with the 2009 American reality tv show True Beauty produced by Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher.

This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The adaptation seems to go out of its way to make Jugyeong's life pre-makeup miserable; her whole family ridicules her for being the ugly one of the family, she's bullied by the popular kids in her old high school to the point of nearly committing suicide and even gets rejected rather harshly by a senior she liked (granted, he too was manipulated by the popular crowd but still). And even after transferring, her bullies continue to play a role in the story.
    • In the webtoon, Suho missed Seyeon's phone call due to an argument with his father and the consequent mental stress-induced early sleep. Here, he deliberately let Seyeon's phone call go due to being in a bad mood that day. He finds out about Seyeon's suicide later that same night, and collapses in shock and grief.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: There is a few
    • Suho's backstory in the series includes him witnessing his dad sleeping with another woman on the day his mom died which is not shown in the webtoon. They also make Jugyeong and Suho meet during their childhood which also does not happen in the webtoon.
    • Seyeon's backstory is slightly altered and given more details that were not there in the adapted work.
  • Adaptational Badass: Even though TV-Suho does jujitsu too, he's still tougher than webtoon Suho, who despite a good heart was physically a wimp until meeting Seyeon and Seojun made him toughen up. There's also his basketball skills and musicianship; webtoon Suho was mostly a cheerleader/moral support for Seyeon and Seojun making it big in the music industry.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Kang Sujin. In the webtoon she was narcissistic and an attention seeker, she only pretended to befriend Jugyeong to try and keep her apart from Suho (whom they both had feelings for), and would silently belittle Jugyeong. In the drama, she appears to be far more modest and humble, is a model student, and is genuinely friendly with Jugyeong, even going out of her way to defend her from bullies and troublemakers. When she learns of Jugyeong's secret, she also very understanding of the reasons she hides her true face and helps her keep it a secret.
    • Adaptational Villainy: However, once Sujin figures out that Jugyeong and Suho are dating, she starts going to far more aggressive lengths to undermine their relationship than she ever did in the webtoon. She first tries to shake Jugyeong's and Su-Ho's trust in one another, and Sujin takes actions that make Jugyeong worried about the possibility of having to choose between her love for Suho and her friendship with Sujin. When that ends up going nowhere after both Suho and Jugyeong decide to simply tell Sujin they are dating, and when Sujin learns that Suho never returned her attraction to him, Su-Jin decides to simply destroy Jugyeong's reputation purely out of spite... which involves collaborating with Jugyeong's old bullies to reveal to everyone what Jugyeong looks like without makeup.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Soo-ah is just as boy crazy as Jugyeong and Sujin in the webtoon. Here she has a boyfriend (their class clown and b-boy), and in the second episode states she doesn't find either Suho or Seojun attractive; due to their tendency to tense the atmosphere whenever they're together in the same room.
    • Juyeong never had any feelings for Goeun in the webtoon.
    • Mr. Han originally liked Heegyeong first rather than the other way around in the webtoon. Unfortunately, it never went anywhere due to his less-than-stellar table manners. Here, his dinner mishaps are completely accidental on his end, and Heegyeong forgives him for it.
    • Seyeon wasn't under the employment of Lee Juheon, who himself wasn't an entertainment agency CEO.
    • Selena is not Suho's older sister in the drama.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In addition to Sujin above, Lee Juheon (Suho's dad and the CEO of Move Entertainment) gets a good dose; part of the reason Seyeon killed himself, aside from all the online hate, the fake bullying controversy and Suho's critical decision to not pick up his friend's phone call, was that Juheon fired him without hearing his side of the story. And in episode 10, Juheon gives the song Starlight (written by Suho and Seyeon and performed by the latter) to a different boy band's album. In the same episode, it's implied Juheon conjured up the bullying rumor and threw Seyeon under the bus to get the press off his back after he was spotted with his girlfriend/younger female co-star. Subverted when it's revealed that his right-hand-man simply took Juheon's orders of "cover it up with something else, no matter what" and spread the false rumors that Seyeon was a bully at school (the actual bullies simply framed the poor guy for it), but Suho still considers Juheon at fault considering the scandal is what caused the whole mishap to begin in the first place. Even beyond that, previously he saw his dad in bed with a different woman; on the same night Suho's mom aka Juheon's now-deceased wife died.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Sujin, Seojun, Suho, Sooah, Seyeon and '''S'''emi... just to name a few.
  • Alpha Bitch: Park Semi, the leader of the group of girls who bullied Jugyeong at her old school.
  • Always Second Best: Quite literally Sujin, as the 2nd best academic student in Sebom High just can't beat Suho when it comes to academics. Her parents are furious over her losing all the time, and despite her own feelings for Suho, Sujin is very sore about constantly losing.
  • Angry Collar Grab: Seojun and Suho are ''quite''''obsessed'' with doing this to each other.
  • Being Ugly Sucks: The root of all Jugyeong's problems and the sole reason why she made herself go through all that trouble is her appearance angst and the Attractiveness Discrimination she had to endure at her old school. Thus, she has to wake up early before everyone just to apply her "full" makeup and curl her hair and goes to extreme lengths to hide her real face from her friends.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Insulting or causing any kind of harm to Jugyeong appears to be this for Sujin at least for the first half of the series, who will become fiercely protective of Jugyeong... up to and including giving the offender a roundhouse kick!
    • Bullying others is this for Seojun, because of what happened to Seyeon. Seojun becomes absolutely furious towards Jugyeong's old bullies when he confronts them near the end of episode 12 and learns how they mistreated her in the past.
  • Betty and Veronica: Suho is the Archie to Jugyeong's Betty and Sujin's Veronica.
  • Beta Couple: Mr. Han and Heegyoung, despite their own ups and downs, are clearly more stable than Jugyeong's Love Triangle with Suho and Seojun, as well as Juyeong's back and forth with Goeun.
  • Black Sheep: As stated above, Jugyeong is somehow the only ugly and academically inept one of her family while the rest are good looking and smart.
  • Book Dumb: Most of the characters in the show are notorious for having bad grades save for Sujin and Suho.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Suho and Jugyeong break up in episode 14 just to make up again in the final episode.
  • Bridal Carry: Seojun does this to Jugyeong in episode 8 during the school trip, but it isn't clear how much of it was genuine and how much of it was just to piss Suho off and win against him.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Mr. Im, aka Jugyeong's father. The guy, despite a couple of mentions, never once actually appeared in the webtoon.
    • Chaenee, the insufferable singer under the same label as Seojun.
    • Seojun's mother's whole personality, purpose and role in the story change so much, that it is almost safe to say that she is an original character at this point.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Which is a given and kind of the point considering that it is based on a webtoon. Seriously, even some of the background characters got attention for how attractive they are. [1][2].
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the pilot episode alone, there are memorials present for Seyeon as well as a whole billboard dedicated to him.
  • Cheer Up Episode: Episode 13 is partially this, as Suho tries to lift Jugyeong's spirits after what happened in various ways.
  • Class Trip: Episode 8.
  • Class Reunion: Class 2-5 have a reunion post-time skip where Taehoon gathers them to announce his decision to enlist in the military. It shows how the characters have matured and changed style-wise and their current relationships with each other after graduation.
  • Cock Fight:
    • What the dumpling battle in episode 10 boils down to.
    • Literally most of Suho and Seojun's physical fights start because of this.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: A necessary element of a typical school rom-com.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Jugyeong's first attempt at makeup before transferring schools has... less than optimal results.

    Hyunsook: Makeup my butt! That is ghost makeup! Did you just come out of filming for "Korean Ghost Stories?"

    • Goeun has a similar one in episode 5 before Jugyeong helps her fix it.
  • Death Glare: Suho and Seojun exchange so many of these glares with each other at the start you would think laser is about to come out from their eyes from how intense the glares were..
    • Sujin gives them a lot, usually behind everyone's back, mainly starting from the last part of episode 9, and the episode 11 trailer might as well function a compilation video of them.
  • Daydream Surprise: True Beauty is just so[3]fond[4] of having these.
  • Disappeared Dad: Due to his father being a famous actor, Suho rarely sees him.
  • Disapproving Look: Suho is clearly not happy to see Seojun back at school when the latter comes back, and Seojun seems to be itching for an excuse to beat him up.
  • Downer Beginning: The drama starts with Jugyeong being taunted by everyone around her, including her family and relatives, because of her ugly face, is made to buy dumplings for one of her bullies, gets brutally rejected by her crush at school, is filmed while being degraded by the same bullies from before then snaps and contemplates committing suicide. Oh boy.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Thanks to Sujin, episode 12 ends with the whole school aware of Jugyeong's past at Yongpa High and her real face sans makeup. Almost everyone seems to turn their backs on Jugyeong; who can only run out of the school in terror and sadness; pushing aside even Suho when he tries to help her.
  • Empathic Environment: It starts raining coincidently as Jugyeong snaps at Suho and tells him off for playing around with her own trauma regarding her appearance and Suho apologizes in return and runs off to buy her bandaid for her bleeding knees with Seojun silently watching all of this from afar.
  • Establishing Series Moment: Has at least two major ones
    • When Jugyeong goes to her new school after her well-done makeover and realizes that she is no longer a victim of Attractivenss Discrimination but that she is now a beauty goddess in everyone's eyes, this is considered vital to the plot and its overall message.
    • Jugyeong's entire class discussing the love triangle that she suddenly entered in episode 4 after Seojun and Suho fought mostly because of her in the school's cafeteria and her classmates bombarding her with endless questions about who will be her choice between the two have made what will be the focus of the story pretty clear for the audience.
  • Everyone Must Be Paired: Almost everyone in True Beauty becomes or is already a couple, Suho and Jugyeong, Taehoon and Sooah, Chorong and Hyemin, Heegyeong and Teacher Han, and even the Will They or Won't They? Goeun and Juyeong, and the list goes on... save for only Seojun and Sujin.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: The main reason behind Seojun and Suho's fallout is because of this. Seojun puts the entire blame on Suho for failing to be there for Seyeon before he commits suicide and goes as far as telling him that he does not deserve to be happy.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Seyeon is the child, Suho is the Hero and Seojun is the Fool. This is also the main reason behind Seojun and Suho's fallout, as Seojun relentlessly blames Seyeon's death on Suho's failure at answering his call before he attempts suicide, which further deteriorates Suho's mental state. Later, Suho is seen having a Heroic BSoD after he hears Seyeon's song, Starlight, for the first time since the incident.
  • Fire and Ice Love Triangle: Quite literally the plot of True Beauty. Jugyeong is liked by two guys, one is Suho, who is an icy and closed-off person, and the other is Seojun, who is passionate and warmhearted.
  • Foreshadowing: Sujin always seems to take a strong interest in the interactions between Jugyeong and Suho...
  • Freudian Excuse: Sujin's feelings for Suho is derived from how she received little to no love from her own parents, and how he always saved her from more of her father's berating, insults and injuries.
  • Girl Posse: Jugyeong's bullies. When she runs into them again in episode 6, they waste no time in trying to figure out where she transferred to, and the bullies' leader even blames her for giving her a reputation as a bully.
  • Good-Times Montage:
    • Seojun has one where he reminisces all of his heartwarming moments with Jugyeong as an indication of him trying to move on.
    • Another one happens in episode 14 between Jugyeong and Soojin where they both look back at their past good times together for the last time.
  • Injured Limb Episode: The entirety of episode 11 is a prime example of this. And considering the nature of the show, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Memoriam: An in-universe example where various characters, including Seojun, perform the song Starlight, which is the late Seyeon's song, to honor his memory.
  • Irony: At first, Sujin told Seojun off for pretending to be all thug-like and intimidating at school and even threatened to tell the school on him if she sees him bully other kids, which he completely disregards. But Love Makes You Evil happens to Sujin and she is not above getting involved with bullies anymore and even intentionally ignores the fact that her best friend was viciously tormented (which used to be a Berserk Button for her!) at her old school out of envy. And now, it is Seojun's turn to call her out for trying to harm Jugyeong. It is like they switched personalities or something...
  • Ladykiller in Love: Being smart, good-looking, and popular with girls; Juyeong can't understand the fact that Goeun isn't interested in him. And his interest in her is definitely not romantic at all, no sir.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: At first, Seojun and his squad think that Jugyeong put a love letter in Seojun's pocket to which they start cheering and tease him about his still-growing popularity... just for it to turn out to be a letter explaining what happened to his helmet and telling him to be patient while she works on getting it back to him.
  • Moment Killer: This show is FULL with them. Whenever the main characters get someserious actiongoing on someone always interrupts and ruins the mood.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Because of her relationship with Suho is initially kept secret most people mistake Jugyeong to be dating Seojun, with or without Ship Tease moments. From Chapter 69 to 128 in the webtoon, Jugyeong and Seojun were indeed in a relationship; he even sees her without makeup, and touchingly assures her he loves her regardless of her looks.
    • When he returns in the last two episodes, Suho doesn't seem too shocked when Seojun lies to him that he and Jugyeong are dating. When Suho returned from Japan and met up with Seojun in the webtoon, the latter told him the same thing (though the two actually were dating at the time); Suho didn't seem to mind and essentially turned into a Shipper on Deck for the two.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Seojun hasn't forgiven Juheon for caring more about his image (and by extension, his agency) than doing anything that could have prevented Seyeon's suicide. And family issues aside, it is clear that Suho feels the same way.
    • On a smaller scale, Juheon shows up at Sebom High School for the parent-teacher conference in episode 6. Unfortunately, given his international fame and good looks, it makes news around the school and his closely guarded secret (the fact that Suho's his son) is now out in the open. Suho, already on bad terms with his dad, is livid when this happens.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both Seojun's dad and Suho's mom are dead. It is briefly mentioned that Seojun's dad died in a traffic accident.
  • Parental Neglect: Mrs. Im is completely oblivious and unsympathetic to her middle daughter's troubles. And in episode 6 she's more concerned with looking good to Juheon and Suho than the fact that she got Juheon's autograph on Jugyeong's report card (which states she got Fs in EVERY subject) and hangs it on her salon wall, or Jugyeong's clear not-being-comfortable with Suho around.
  • Poor Communication Kills: This is what caused Suho and Seojun's friendship to fall apart from the start, Seojun jumped to conclusions and blamed Suho for Seyeon's death without hearing Suho's side and Suho giving up on telling him what actually happened. (Though, he was about to tell Seojun but got interrupted by him and didn't get to finish telling him why he didn't pick up Seyeon's call).
  • Potty Emergency: Due to the drama's Toilet Humour nature expect to see a couple of those scenes.
    • Heegyeong is introduced while having one of these.

    Heegyeong (through the locked bathroom door to Juyeong): Do you want me to feed you my poop?!

    • Jugyeong has one while trapped in an elevator with Suho and Seojun. Hilarity ensues.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Suho comes back in episode 15 and tries to win Jugyeong back. Unfortunately, since he broke up with her first and his attempts come off as stalkerish, it doesn't go well initially.
    • Suho follows a gang of Delinquents who are originally after Seojun, and at first, he beats them all alone using the jiujutsu techniques he learned, but in the end, they still outnumber him, and the gang leader manages to land a punch on his face for challenging them before the police arrive. See, nothing good happens when you try to be all badass and take on a bunch of bad guys on your own and in a dark alley at that too.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Suho receives one from Jugyeong near the end of episode 3.
    • Sujin receives a brutal one from Soo-ah in episode 14.
  • Running Gag: Seojun's tiger print underwear and him and Jugyeong's "roar!" thing.
  • School Festival: Towards the end of episode 5.
  • School Idol: Again Seojun and Suho are prime examples of this, even referred to as "Sebom High School's gods".
  • Secret Relationship: Jugyeong asks Suho to keep their relationship a secret from everyone and goes the extra mile to hide whenever she is seen with him alone. Suho does not get the purpose of all of this but complies anyway.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Both Seojun and Goeun are good singers and have great musicianship skills.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Taehoon and Soo-ah are this throughout most of the show.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • Joo Hyemin. Jugyeong's former classmate at Yongpa High School, and a meek, weak-willed tiny girl who was forced into bullying Jugeyong too. She also transfers to Sebom High in episode 11 (due to being bullied by the same girls as Jugyeong). Upon discovery, the bullies force her to figure out if Jugyeong is dating Seojun, due to their own beef with him; on the condition that they'll stop tormenting her if she does. Unfortunately, Sujin stumbling upon this (and discovering an old photo with Jugyeong without makeup) makes the envious girl put two and two together.
    • Jung Seyeon, Suho and Seojun's best friend.
  • Stunned Silence:
    • The reaction everyone in Jugyeong's family has when they see her in make-up for the first time.
    • Also the immediate reaction of Jugyeong's classmates after she is accidentally hit in the face with a cake during Sooah's and Taehoon's anniversary celebration.
  • Surprise Car Crash: Distraught and hurt over his father more or less being responsible for Seyeon's suicide, Suho runs out of the Move Entertainment building with Seojun not far behind (the latter too pissed at Starlight's theft). The two are then hit by a car. A slight deviation from the webtoon where only Suho was hit, and even then by a bus.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Averted in episode 12 where Seojun brags that he used to knit to Suho who was in the middle of knitting something before Seojun joins to show him how to do it properly and later, both Taehoon and Chorong join them as well.
  • Time Skip: The end of episode 14 shows half of the teenage characters drinking at what looks like a high school reunion now all grown-up with their outfits unlike their youthful school days indicating a 2 year time skip taking place.
  • Title Drop: Taehoon's very first line after seeing Jugyeong for the first time is the show's Korean title.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Suho's residence contains a music room where he, Seojun and Seyeon used to jam. One guitar is even signed with the former two wishing Seyeon luck in his music career.. He, alongside Seojun and Seyeon also each have a chain bracelet with a key that served as their Friendship Trinket prior to becoming this trope.
  • Trauma Button: Given how much she was bullied by them, Jugyeong freezes up and panics whenever she sees her bullies even after her family moved. They don't recognize her (until episode 12) due to the makeover but that hardly matters.
  • Unrequited Love:
    • Seojun clearly has feelings for Jugyeong but doesn't get in the way of her and Suho, instead, he does nice things for her in the shadows.
    • Sujin toward Suho as well. When she confesses to him after he and Jugyeong started dating, and asks if he would have dated Sujin if she had gotten to him first, Suho flat out tells her that he never liked her romantically. Sujin....doesn't take it well.
    • A non-serious example but Juyeong toward Goeun.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Even though Seojun decides to move on many times, he terribly fails to do so, and continues harboring feelings for Jugyeong for 2 years, and is very patient with her despite her obliviousness and does not act based on them -even after Suho breaks up with her and her being single again- till way later.
  • Wacky Homeroom: An Idol Singer that goes to school every day on a motorcycle and pretends to be a member of a thug? A lonely poker-faced Straight-A student who is described as a "psychopath" by his classmates? A Class Clown that tends to break into a dance out of nowhere in the classroom and has the mental age of a child? A girl who is always running away and tripping on air and is constantly putting herself in embarrassing situations? Yeah, it is pretty normal here, no quirky students or anything like that!
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played straight then subverted. They used to be close friends along with Seyeon but after what happenedand a seriesof misunderstandings their friendship falls apart and become rivals instead. But towards episode 11 they begin loosening up and slowly go back tobeing friends again after resolving their issues.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Goeun and Juyeong. It seems to be a running gag for them to not have a romantic closure.



True Beauty (South Korean TV series)

2020–21 South Korean television series

For the webtoon by Yaongyi, see True Beauty (webtoon).

True Beauty (Korean: 여신강림; Hanja: 女神降臨; RR: Yeosin-gangnim;[a]lit.The Advent of a Goddess) is a South Korean television series starring Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-youp, and Park Yoo-na. Based on the Line Webtoonof the same name by Yaongyi, it centers on a high school girl who, after being bullied and discriminated because of being perceived as ugly, masters the art of makeup to transform herself into a gorgeous "goddess".[3][4][5][6] It aired on tvN from December 9, 2020, to February 4, 2021, every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:30 (KST).[7]


18-year-old high school student Lim Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young), who has an inferiority complex regarding her appearance, has been constantly discriminated by her family and bullied by her peers due to being perceived as ugly. She starts learning how to use makeup by binge-watching makeup tutorial videos on the Internet. When she masters the art just before transferring to her new school, her makeover proves to be transformative as she quickly rises to fame and her peers call her a "goddess".[6][3][4]

Despite her newfound popularity, Ju-kyung still considers herself ugly and it is her greatest fear that her peers will see her real face. This unfortunately comes true when her dashingly handsome, popular and mysterious classmate Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo), whom she had previously run into with her bare face a couple of times, recognizes her beyond her makeup.[3] Su-ho is very popular among female students at school, but he hates being the constant center of attention and is often seen as aloof and cold. He has his own fears, and he harbors a dark secret—a tragic incident in the past—that has been haunting him for a long time. He and his former best friend Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-youp) have distanced themselves from each other because of this incident, and the blame Seo-jun placed on Su-ho has caused him a lot of guilt. Ju-kyung and the estranged friends Su-ho and Seo-jun soon forge an unlikely relationship as they unravel secrets, share their pains, grow together and seek comfort from each other.



A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School who masters the art of makeup and transforms herself into a "goddess". Since childhood, Ju-kyung has been constantly discriminated by her family and bullied by her peers due to being perceived as ugly. This leads to her having an inferiority complex regarding her appearance and, worse, contemplating suicide. Eventually, she starts learning how to use makeup by binge-watching tutorial videos in the Internet. When she masters the art just before transferring to Saebom High School, her makeover proves to be transformative as she quickly rises to fame and her peers call her a "goddess". She tries her best to hide her real appearance from everyone but her classmate Su-ho, whom she had previously run into with her bare face a couple of times, later recognizes her beyond her makeup. Ju-kyung prefers reading horrorcomic books and listening to heavy metal music.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Seo-jun's former best friend. Su-ho is very popular for his dashingly handsome looks but harbors a dark secret from his past. Su-ho seems to have it all—looks, good grades, money and excellent basketball and Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills—but his dysfunctional family and a tragic incident from a year ago turns him into an ice-cold boy who hates being the center of attention. He first meets Ju-kyung at the top of a high-rise building, when she was contemplating suicide, and stops her from jumping off the building, before scolding her and lecturing her about the people she would be leaving behind. He shares Ju-kyung's penchant for horror comic books, and he sometimes runs into her inside a comic book store they both frequent. He encounters the transformed Ju-kyung at Saebom High School and soon recognizes her beyond her makeup. He later fell in love with Ju-kyung and never discriminated or shunned her despite her real looks, instead encouraging her to be braver and care less about people's opinions.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Su-ho's former best friend. Seo-jun is a handsome and equally-popular student at Saebom High School who, despite being a tough-looking "bad boy", is a kind, loving and soft person, especially to his mother and sister. A talented singer, he is a former idol trainee but a tragic incident a year ago leads to him abandoning his path to stardom and severing his friendship with Su-ho, with whom he has since become extremely hostile. He later fell in love with Ju-kyung and never discriminated or shunned her despite her real looks, and it added friction to his already crumbling relationship with Su-ho just when they saw a hope of reconciliation. He was also annoyed by Ju-young's romantic moves towards his younger sister, as he wanted to protect her.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Ju-kyung's best friend in high school and Su-ho's childhood friend, and she harbors a crush on Su-ho. Su-jin is a natural-beauty and an intelligent girl who comes from a wealthy family. She is kind and friendly, and becomes close friends with the transferee Ju-kyung at Saebom High School upon meeting her. Despite being a top student, she harbors emotional scars as she is being forced by her parents to excel at school, to the extent that she is abused by her father for only placing second in school rankings. She later finds out the true physical facial appearance of Ju-kyung, and although she agreed to keep her true face as a secret and continued to be friendly towards her, she later betrays Ju-kyung and exposes her secret to the whole school upon realising Su-ho liked Ju-kyung. Jealous and overwhelmed, she insists to Su-ho that he should like her instead because of how long they've known each other. After throwing Ju-kyung's necklace aside, she tries to kiss Su-ho only to be pushed away. Subsequently, she runs away during school hours after other students discover it was her that exposed Ju-kyung's true appearance. Embarrassed and ashamed by her actions, she and her mother leave the country (after her mother divorces her father).


Lim Ju-kyung's family[edit]

The matriarch of the Lim family. Hyun-sook is a harsh disciplinarian to all three of her children and to her erring husband. She appears to favor her eldest and youngest children, Hee-kyung and Ju-young, over Ju-kyung. She also owns a beauty shop named Pandora which is popular among older women.
Hyun-sook's husband. Jae-pil is a handsome man, but is not productive compared to his wife. He loses a great sum of money to a dubious investment which leads to the family having to move back to their old house, much to Hyun-sook's rage. After moving back, he reads about aromatherapy and makes candles to sell in his wife's shop.
Ju-kyung's older sister; employee at Move Entertainment. Hee-kyung is adored by the family for being pretty and intelligent and is frequently compared to Ju-kyung. She becomes attracted to Han Joon-woo due to his kind, helpful personality, and in contrast to most women, she is straightforward when it comes to relationships, so she bravely expresses her feelings to Joon-woo. Her "masculine" approach attracts Joon-woo, as he is quite reserved and shy. A bit possessive, she is intent on making those she cares about happy, which is evident when she agrees to having a fancy wedding despite her wishes for it to be more casual.
  • Kim Min-gi as Lim Ju-young
    • Park Ju-hwan as young Ju-young (Ep. 1)
Ju-kyung's younger brother. A naughty kid, Ju-young coerces Ju-kyung to do favors for him by threatening to reveal her true face at school. He harbors a crush on Go-woon after hearing her sing. His crush on her proves to be unrequited at first, but she eventually agrees to be friends with him and later grows feelings for him as well.

Lee Su-ho's family[edit]

CEO of Move Entertainment; Su-ho's father. Joo-heon is a famous actor who is quick to find a new woman after his wife died, much to Su-ho's resentment. His unfair treatment to his company's artists, particularly Se-yeon, also made him an object of Seo-jun and Su-ho's indignation. Later, he grows ill and his sickness causes Su-ho to leave Korea to stay by his side. During this period of time, the two grow closer and Su-ho slowly forgives him for his treatment of Se-yeon.

Han Seo-jun's family[edit]

  • Yeo Joo-ha as Han Go-woon
A student in Saebom High School; Seo-jun's younger sister. Go-woon has great singing talent, but she is bullied by her co-members in the music club for being chosen to take the lead role in a choral presentation despite being perceived as not pretty. When she meets Ju-kyung, the two get along great and share a sisterly kind of relationship.
  • Park Hyun-jung as Lee Mi-hyang
Seo-jun's mother and Hyun-sook's friend. Very gentle, kind and loving, she suffers from an illness requiring a kidney transplant.

Kang Su-jin's family[edit]

Su-jin's abusive father; professor and doctor-in-charge of a medical school. He teaches Su-jin to be competitive and hardworking, so much so that he does not accept any less than absolutely perfect.
  • Yoo Dam-yeon as Kim Ji-yeon
Su-jin's mother. Passive with her husband's abuse at first. Later divorces him and leaves Korea with Su-jin.

Saebom High School[edit]

Homeroom adviser of Class 2-5 and literature teacher in Saebom High School. Joon-woo becomes attracted to Hee-kyung because of both her beauty and straightforwardness, entranced by the way she behaves, which is unlike most other women.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Ju-kyung and Su-jin's best friend and classmate; Tae-hoon's girlfriend. She later finds out the true physical facial appearance of Ju-kyung, and although she felt betrayed by Ju-kyung never telling her the truth, she reconciled with her and continued to be friendly towards her, even standing up against Su-jin for her lack of friendship and betrayal. She later admits to missing Su-jin, and the two reconcile as well when Su-jin assures her that she has gotten better and is no longer manipulative and competitive like before.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Soo-ah's boyfriend. Hyper, loud and active, he often seeks the approval of Su-ho.
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School.
  • Han Yi-young as Ha Ji-young
A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School.
  • Lee Woo-je as Kim Cho-rong
A student in Saebom High School; Seo-jun's friend. Cho-rong acts very tough and gangster-like, but he is actually quite cowardly. Having a big appetite, he is also a fond admirer of Seo-jun, constantly looking to gain his attention and approval. He is later seen giving Seo-jun advice about confessing to Ju-kyung.
  • Kim Hyun-ji as Kim Si-hyun
A student in Saebom High School.
A Year 1 student in Saebom High School, and the school's online school community webmaster. She bullied Go-woon as the latter was chosen to take the lead role in a choral presentation despite being perceived as not pretty.

Yongpa High School[edit]

A student of Yongpa High School. He is a bully who is acquainted with Seo-jun. He kidnaps Ju-kyung to get Seo-jun's attention.
A student of Yongpa High School. Sae-mi is a pretty but haughty girl who catches a lot of attention from guys and looks down on those who are not as pretty as her. Before Ju-kyung transferred to Saebom, she bullied Ju-kyung and contributed to Ju-kyung's worsening inferiority complex and suicidal thoughts.
  • Oh Yoo-jin as Joo Hye-min
A student in Yongpa High School. Hye-min was the only person Ju-kyung could talk to at Yongpa. Previously choosing to ignore Ju-kyung as much as she could, she later transfers to Saebom after being bullied tremendously at her old school. Su-jin pretends to befriend her, which is when she is introduced to Soo-ah and Ju-kyung. She later becomes good friends with Soo-ah and Ju-kyung while also dating Kim Cho-rong.
A student in Yongpa High School. She is friends with Park Sae-mi.


The owner of Prince Comics, the comic book store that Ju-kyung and Su-ho frequents.
The man who tricks Ju-kyung's father out of his money.

Special appearances[edit]

Su-ho and Seo-jun’s late best friend. Se-yeon was a member of a boy group under Move Entertainment. A victim of harsh online shaming and fake scandals, he committed suicide by jumping off a tall building. His tragic death becomes the center of the broken friendship between Seo-jun and Su-ho, Seo-jun's animosity towards Su-ho's father and Su-ho's life of immense guilt.
A famous makeup-artist whom Ju-kyung idolizes and later works for.
A handsome nutritionist of Yongpa High School's canteen whom Ju-kyung had a crush on.
  • Ok Joo-ri as a neighbourhood woman (Ep. 1)
  • Cha Young-ok [ko] as a neighbourhood woman (Ep. 1–2)
  • Lee Jae-eun as Su-ho's housekeeper (Ep. 3)
  • Song Hoon as a history teacher (Ep. 3)
  • Uhm Tae-yoon as a customer (Ep. 3)
  • Kim Jeong-hak [ko] as Joo-heon's associate (Ep. 3)
  • Jang Young-hyun as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
  • Moon Hak-jin [ko] as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
  • Ham Tae-gyun as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
  • Kim Hye-yoon[20] as Eun Dan-oh (Ep. 4)
Baek Kyung's classmate and fiancée; Ha-ru's girlfriend whom Suho mistakes as Jugyeong
Dan-oh's classmate and fiancé whom Suho mistakes as Woo-hyun, Jugyeong's blind date.
A baseball star playing for Seonil High School who has a crush on Ju-kyung and asks her out. (Ep. 7)
  • Woo Hyun as the camping site manager (Ep. 8)
  • Kim Jae-wook [ko] as MC Jaerong, recreation MC (Ep. 8)
  • Jung Ye-nok as the head of imaginary bullies (Ep. 9)
  • Lee Han-wi as Min Jae-joon (Ep. 13)
A plastic surgeon.
A stranger whom Ju-kyung runs into at Namsan Tower, and she mistaken him as Su-ho.
A celebrity under Move Entertainment.



In July 2019, it was announced that the Line WebtoonTrue Beauty would be adapted into a television series.[39] In August 2020, the production team confirmed the casting of Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo and Hwang In-youp in the lead roles.[40] The first script reading session was held in October 2020.[41][42] Filming was temporarily halted in late December 2020 after Kim Byung-chun [ko] tested positive for COVID-19.[43] The first stills from filming were released on November 10, 2020, one month prior to the series premiere.[44] The series is available for streaming through Viu and Rakuten Viki.[45]

Original soundtrack[edit]

True Beauty: Original Soundtrack[edit]

The following is the official track list of True Beauty: Original Soundtrack album, which was released by Stone Music Entertainment on February 5, 2021.[2][46] The tracks with no indicated lyricists and composers are the drama's musical score; the artists indicated for these tracks are the tracks' composers themselves.

True Beauty: Original Soundtrack

1."Call Me Maybe"
  • IKEK (FAB)
  • PiRi BOi (FAB)
  • Han Hye-ji
  • Lee Hoo-sang
  • IKEK (FAB)
  • PiRi BOi (FAB)
  • Han Hye-ji
  • Lee Hoo-sang
2."I'm In the Mood for Dancing[f]"
  • Ben Findon
  • Mike Myers
  • Robert Puzey
  • Ben Findon
  • Mike Myers
  • Robert Puzey
Yuju (GFriend)3:30
3."Happy Ending"Dong Woo-seokDong Woo-seokCar, the Garden3:02
4."I'm Missing You"DOKODOKOSunjae3:02
5."Starlight" (그리움, lit. "Longing")Jung Goo-hyunJung Goo-hyunChani (SF9)4:23
6."Fall in You"DOKODOKOHa Sung-woon (Hotshot)3:46
7."Before Today Is Over" (오늘이 지나기 전에)Kid WineHyojin (ONF)2:35
8."Milky Way"  2:05
9."Suspension from School"  Lee Nyum2:06
10."Paper Flower"  1:45
11."Float About"  2:25
12."Stop It"  1:49
13."Honey Drop"  
  • Kim Dong-hyuk
  • Choi Moon-suk
14."I Warned"  1:56
15."Strange Makeup"  1:46
16."Two Tone Sox"  
  • Park Se-joon
  • Song Jae-kyung
17."The Real World in Fairy Tales"  Lee Nyum2:39
18."At The End of Day"  2:23
19."Beginning of the Day"  2:20
20."Into the Sorrow"  2:45
21."Bubble Up"  1:22
22."My New Birth"  Lee Nyum2:40
23."Trouble Again"  
  • Song Jin-suk
  • Hwang Seung-pil
24."Different Life"  1:54
25."Feel Dizzy"  2:05
Total length:61:28
1."Love So Fine"
  • Kim Tae-young
  • December 32nd
  • Llwyd
  • Kim Tae-young
  • December 32nd
Cha Eun-woo (Astro)3:10
2."It Starts Today" (오늘부터 시작인걸)Jung Goo-hyunHwang In-youp4:04
3."How Do You Do"Chani (SF9)4:17
4."Tears of the Rain"  Lee Nyum2:34
5."You and My Secret"  Park Se-joon2:50
6."Love Poem"  2:12
7."Do Not Cheat Again"  1:31
8."Soft Ice Cream"  1:52
9."Rockin Street"  
  • Park Se-joon
  • Song Jae-kyung
  • Kim Dong-hyuk
  • Choi Moon-suk
11."Venus"  2:09
12."No Makeup"  2:06
13."This Life is Ruined"  Park Se-joon2:03
  • Song Jin-suk
  • Hwang Seung-pil
15."Mystery Box"  1:35
16."I am Screwed"  1:36
17."Ignore"  3:13
18."Are You Happy"  1:11
19."A Proud Man"  1:13
20."My Fantastic Star"  Lee Nyum2:21
21."All Day"  2:10
22."Regret"  3:42
23."Love Inside"  Kim Dong-hyuk2:14
24."Electric Soul"  1:32
25."Become Goddess"  1:43
Total length:57:04


The following is the track list of singles from True Beauty: Original Soundtrack.

Singles from True Beauty (Parts 1–8)

Part 1
1."Call Me Maybe"
  • IKEK (FAB)
  • PiRi BOi (FAB)
  • Han Hye-ji
  • Lee Hoo-sang
  • IKEK (FAB)
  • PiRi BOi (FAB)
  • Han Hye-ji
  • Lee Hoo-sang
2."Call Me Maybe" (Inst.) 
  • IKEK (FAB)
  • PiRi BOi (FAB)
  • Han Hye-ji
  • Lee Hoo-sang
Total length:6:46
Part 2
1."I'm In the Mood for Dancing[f]"
  • Ben Findon
  • Mike Myers
  • Robert Puzey
  • Ben Findon
  • Mike Myers
  • Robert Puzey
Yuju (GFriend)3:30
2."I'm In the Mood for Dancing" (Inst.) 
  • Ben Findon
  • Mike Myers
  • Robert Puzey
Total length:7:00
Part 3
1."Happy Ending"Dong Woo-seokDong Woo-seokCar, the Garden3:03
2."Happy Ending" (Inst.) Dong Woo-seok 3:03
Total length:6:06
Part 4
1."I'm Missing You"DOKODOKOSunjae3:03
2."I'm Missing You" (Inst.) DOKO 3:03
Total length:6:06
Part 5
1."Starlight" (그리움, lit. "Longing")Jung Goo-hyunJung Goo-hyunChani (SF9)4:24
2."Starlight" (Inst.) Jung Goo-hyun 4:24
Total length:8:48
Part 6
1."Fall in You"DOKODOKOHa Sung-woon (Hotshot)3:46
2."Fall in You" (Inst.) DOKO 3:46
Total length:7:32
Part 7
1."Before Today Is Over" (오늘이 지나기 전에)Kid WineHyojin (ONF)2:36
2."Before Today Is Over" (Inst.)  2:36
Total length:5:12
Part 8
1."Love So Fine"
  • Kim Tae-young
  • December 32nd
  • Llwyd
  • Kim Tae-young
  • December 32nd
Cha Eun-woo (Astro)3:11
2."Love So Fine" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Tae-young
  • December 32nd
Total length:6:22


True Beauty : South Korea viewers per episode (thousands)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Korea[55]
Ep.Original broadcast date Average audience share
(Nielsen Korea)[55]
1 December 9, 2020 3.573% (2nd)4.056% (2nd)
2 December 10, 2020 3.626% (1st)3.963% (1st)
3 December 16, 2020 3.813% (2nd)4.711% (2nd)
4 December 17, 2020 3.586% (1st)3.824% (1st)
5 December 23, 2020 3.859% (2nd)4.293% (2nd)
6 December 24, 2020 3.333% (1st)3.724% (1st)
7 January 6, 2021 3.892% (2nd)4.198% (2nd)
8 January 7, 2021 2.909%(1st)3.003%(1st)
9 January 13, 2021 4.265% (2nd)4.938% (2nd)
10 January 14, 2021 3.411% (1st)3.870% (1st)
11 January 20, 2021 3.850% (2nd)4.303% (2nd)
12 January 21, 2021 3.418% (1st)4.069% (1st)
13 January 27, 2021 4.000% (2nd)4.547% (2nd)
14 January 28, 2021 4.125% (1st)4.802% (2nd)
15 February 3, 2021 4.579%(2nd)5.371%(2nd)
16 February 4, 2021 4.458% (1st)5.087% (1st)
Average 3.794%4.297%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).
  • No episode aired on December 30 and 31 due to the broadcast of a special year-end holiday program.[56]



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'True Beauty' Cast: A List Of The Actors And The Characters They Portray

True Beauty has been garnering massive popularity. While adaptations typically find it hard to survive in the market with so many sets of eyes just waiting for them to blunder, only to prove that an adaptation can never exceed its original, surprisingly, True Beauty was nowhere close to the harmful glares.

The story revolves around Im Ju Kyeong, a high schooler who suffers from low confidence stemming from her appearance and therefore, decides to hide it with the help of makeup. The story is about her finding her confidence and embracing her true beauty as she survives through the twists and turns that life throws at her. The series received positive reviews ever since its first episode, with the True Beauty cast earning gigantic fanbase and dedicated armies all around the world, including India, to swoon over them. For anybody new into the rosy Hallyu world, here’s a guide to the stellar cast of True Beauty:

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True Beauty Cast List

Moon Ga Young

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Moon Ga Young, born and brought up in Germany, returned to her homeland at the tender age of 10 to turn her passion into profession. She began as a child actor in both television and films and quickly bagged the leading role as/in Mimi that proved her acting capabilities even as a child.

Ever since then, she has acted as a supporting cast in several popular dramas like EXO Next Door, Don’t Dare to Dream before starring in Tempted, which changed the course of her career forever. She acted as a lead in popular dramas like Welcome to Waikiki 2 and Find Me in Your Memory before bagging the role of a lifetime in True Beauty.


Cha Eun Woo

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Cha Eun Woo, South Korea’s flower boy, is a South Korean actor and singer. He began his journey with a cameo role in the Hit film My Brilliant Life. In 2016, he rose to fame as an idol member of Astro. Eun Woo starred in several K-dramas and variety shows like Hit the Top, Replies that Make Us Flutter, before landing a role in Gangnam Beauty as the male lead that made him rise to fame and earned him a place in GQ Korea’s Men of the Year. In 2019, Cha Eun Woo participated in another Hit drama Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung before joining the True Beauty main cast.


Hwang In Yeop

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Coming to the big reveal, Hwang In Yeop truly earned the name as a lucky charm in the True Beauty cast. Though one of the elders of the cast members, Hwang is the freshest face in town with just two years into acting. He made his debut in web dramas like Why and Freshman before joining the small screen with a supporting role in The Tale of Nokdu, for which he earned recognition and praises from netizens. Today, he has amassed enormous popularity as a true revelation of a kind in True Beauty.

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Park Yoo Na

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Park Yoo Na, the youngest True Beauty cast member is best known for her supporting roles in the famous K-dramas, Hotel Del Luna and Sky Castle. She has appeared in several music videos like #WYD by iKON and Old Movie by Kim Heechul, and dramas like Cheer Up, Stranger and even joined Cha Eun Woo in Gangnam Beauty before stunning everybody with her charming character in True Beauty.

Supporting Cast

Im Semi

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Im Semi is seen as Im Hee Kyeong, the hilarious sister of the main character in True Beauty. Im has shared the stage with several popular celebrities like Yoo Ah In and Go Ara in her debut drama Sharp 2. She has graced her presence on the small screen in The Winter, The Wind Blows, Heart Strings, Love on the Rooftop and a recent cameo in the popular drama, Mr. Sunshine.

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Kang Min Ah

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Kang Min Ah is seen as Soo Ah, the bubbly best friend of the main character. She is known for her appearances in Schoolgirl Detectives, A-TEEN 2 and Memorist. Apart from her work in television, she has also been featured in music videos including You and I and I Still Love You a Lot.


Kim Min KI

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Debutant Kim Min Ki is seen as Im Ju Kyeong's younger brother in the drama. The actor is only 18 years old and has impressed critics and fans with his performance in the drama so far.


Kang Chan Hee

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SF9's Kang Chan Hee has confirmed to make an important cameo appearance in the upcoming episodes as Jung Se Yeon, Suho and Seo Jun's late best friend.

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“True Beauty” fails to effectively convey the message of self-acceptance

On Dec. 9, 2020, Webtoon-adapted K-drama “True Beauty” was released, with its last episode airing on Feb. 4, 2021. The show follows Lim Ju-kyung, a high school girl who had been bullied by her family and classmates her whole life for being “ugly.” However, when she masters the art of makeup and transfers to a new school, she begins a new phase of her life, one where she befriends the most popular and beautiful girls of the school, eventually becoming one herself.

While the drama is light-hearted and funny at times, Lim Ju-kyung’s reality of continuously being mistreated due to her physical appearance provides for a gut-wrenching yet inspiring plot, as she continues her journey to find self-love through these hardships. From the very beginning, we are forced to watch Ju-kyung be treated as a servant by her bullies, to even having food be dumped on her just because of how “ugly” she is. This serves as the ultimate breaking point for Ju-kyung, as she then takes any opportunity of transferring to a new school to be her only escape from her living nightmare. This is also where Ju-kyung discovers the power of makeup, and ultimately how she creates her double-persona. While her “ugly” appearance is associated with her love for hard-core metal music and horror comics, her “beautiful” persona is what causes her to be the talk of the class, and even lands her in a love triangle between the two most attractive male students at school.

As a viewer, there are few to no memorable moments in the show where Ju-Kyung is seen independently experiencing and navigating the roller-coaster of self-love and internal beauty.”

From the get-go, there is already a clear issue regarding the societal beauty standard, and how this show navigates around that. The show defines Ju-kyung’s “ugly” characteristics with thick-eyebrows, acne-prone skin, and large glasses. And through makeup, the show also defines her “beautiful” characteristics with flawless skin, voluminous hair, and male-attention. And while this may have been done solely for the sake of the plot, it just contributes to the already overly-critical beauty standards that society places on young women, especially teenage girls. What’s worse is that the main audience of the show are teenage girls who are going through hormonal changes to some extent, and now may feel the need to rely on makeup to feel a sense of self-worth just like Lim Ju-kyung had. We’re not saying that the use of makeup is problematic, because it most definitely is not. However, this show portrays natural changes in a woman’s body and face as “ugly” and desperately needed to be covered up, without the main character even attempting to love herself for who she really is underneath in the first place. The show fails to emphasize the importance of recognizing the parts of ourselves that we find beautiful because Ju-Kyung is shown only focusing on how she can change the “ugly” parts. 

As the show progresses, her past bullies eventually team up with her best friend Soo-jin (who does it out of jealousy since she likes Suho but he’s dating Ju-kyung) to expose her “ugly” face. The video of her bullies dumping food on her is posted onto the school’s blog along with pictures of her bare face, and everyone including her friends turn their faces on her, accusing her of tricking everyone with her makeup. In a confrontation in the school hallway where a group of girls bashes her barefaced appearance, Ju-kyung stands up for herself, but uses the defense that the popular, handsome Suho, who also happens to be her boyfriend, likes her for who she is despite her appearances. In this way, the show is misleading young people into believing that they can only find self-worth through external sources such as a significant other, rather than through internal validation. For how traumatic the bullying must have been for Ju-Kyung, and more importantly for how far she goes just to appear like this “flawless” and “beautiful” girl to the rest of her classmates, it seems unfair that Ju-Kyung is only seen truly beginning to accept herself when the show is about to conclude.

Essentially, “True Beauty” made it seem as though the journey to self-love and self-acceptance for Lim Ju-Kyung was only possible through male validation from Suho and Seojun. And to an extent, this is understandable given the amount of bullying she went through. However, as a viewer, there are few to no memorable moments in the show where Ju-Kyung is seen independently experiencing and navigating the roller-coaster of self-love and internal beauty. Had the show chosen to incorporate such moments, it would have spread the message that despite how critical the beauty standard is, it is fully possible to overcome society’s judgement without changing who you are as a person, especially when you feel like the world is against you. Yes, friendship and family is essential for support in this journey. However, the show’s prioritization of furthering the publicized and dramatic love-triangle between Ju-Kyung and the two male leads over her personal growth almost makes it seem as though this feat is impossible to overcome without a strong form of male validation, or even social validation. It seems as though the creators of the show knew that a love triangle with two attractive men would sell, and chose to focus primarily on this. 

Not only does the show imply that Ju-kyung’s journey to self-love is highly dependent on her popular-because-he’s-mysterious-and-attractive boyfriend, they also don’t address how a teenager should be handling a situation of intense bullying and self-questioning. Seojun, who is secretly in love with Ju-kyung despite the fact that his best friend is dating her, ends up bearing the brunt of the situation, by confronting the original perpetrators of Ju-kyung’s exposure and threatening them to delete the posts. Ideally he would have also brought up the situation to the school’s administration, who could have potentially offered supportive resources or addressed the issue, since the show made it seem as if the whole school had turned their backs to Ju-kyung. 

Additionally, Ju-kyung’s mother’s initial reaction to Ju-kyung’s bullying situation was disturbing. Her initial solution was to take her daughter to a plastic surgery consultation, to which there she realized was both alarming and disheartening. Though she eventually apologizes to her daughter for years of name-calling and being blind-sided by her daughter’s situation and her feelings, teenagers who are self-conscious about their appearance could misinterpret that scene to believe that the only way they can be saved from their situation is if they permanently enhance their facial features instead of through self-acceptance. If not to that extent, it may discourage teenagers from reaching out to their loved ones for help in fear that they will receive a response similar to Ju-Kyung’s mother. 

Despite presenting mixed messages on how young people should handle bullying situations, the drama itself always left us on the edge of our seat with highly anticipated cliff-hangers, and a catchy soundtrack to accompany any scene throughout the drama. Every actor perfectly embodied their role, from the extremely dominant and justice-seeking older sister Lim Hee-Kyung played by Im Se-mi, to the cold-hearted and cruel bully Park Semi played by Jeon Hye-Won. While essentially all of the supporting and main characters were all spot-on, Cha Eun-Woo, who played male lead Lee Suho, delivered a lackluster performance. He almost always appeared stiff, showing little emotion even in critical moments. Initially, it seemed as if it lent to his character as the distant, quiet but handsome Lee Suho, but as his character was supposed to develop, his acting didn’t follow. 

Ultimately, the plot of “True Beauty” had immense potential to convey a positive message to teenagers that self-love surpasses beauty standards, but the show fails to emphasize this importance, instead erroneously focusing on finding strength through external validation. 


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