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K-Drama Mid Series Check: “My ID Is Gangnam Beauty” Showers Fan Service With Sprightly Campus Life & Romance Stories
All cute and fluffy, My ID is Gangnam Beauty functions as your favorite comfort food for the k-drama batch currently airing.
We bet a lot of girls want to trade places with the lead girl of My ID is Gangnam Beauty right now, not only because of the two cute guys vying for her heart, but because of her courageous fight in defining her worth as a woman.
Kang Mi Rae gives an empowering message to ladies by depicting her brave journey to help herself recover the self-esteem she lost along the way while she was growing up, owing to the bullying she got because of her ugly face. Her blooming love triangle in horizon with two handsome guys is making jTBC’s lively campus rom-com a delightful treat each week.
Based on the popular webtoon of the same name, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty started off beautifully and made us pretty excited for what’s next in store. It reminds us of society’s toxic standards on vanity right off the bat through the story of Kang Mi Rae, who had been victimized by society’s unfair system herself.
From its kickoff week, we followed Mi Rae’s journey in acclimatizing to her new pretty face as a university student, meeting new friends and classmates who have not seen how she looked like before and receiving fair treatment that she has never with her old face. The pace and the storyline of My ID is Gangnam Beauty thankfully deviated to angst filled and out of place characters by making sure to focus on the main leads without taking the supporting student cast for granted.
It is so easy to root for the heroine’s drive to taste all those beautiful things she was deprived of due to her ugly face. She has displayed such admirable tenacity from her sad past without losing her beautiful soul. The blooming romance to her handsome middle school acquaintance now-department batch-mate, Do Kyung Seok, has surely made the drama’s followers basking in heart flutters.
Im Soo Hyang is doing a great job in cementing the emotions of Mi Rae, who serves as the focal character of the story while Cha Eun Woo is taking care of the fan service. For his first male lead outing, he is rising to the challenge of engaging fans in making the viewers feel giddy-ish on the candied scenes. He has been generating a strong following of lady supporters (who like me) are probably on unexplained happiness while staring at him move in the series. hides myself on being a new member of Cha Eun Woo groupie
I like how My ID is Gangnam Beauty is so chill and feel-good. Amidst the trite school setting, you can easily gravitate to its characters who are sketches of typical college students who go through the highs and lows of college living. It also helps that we don’t have any conflicts relating to school politics, but just plain wistful showing of college life that viewers can relate to. We never thought a cute rich guy falling in love with a girl, who went under the knife to become pretty, would become this adorable until Mi Rae and Kyung Seok’s love ride.
Crossing the midpoint this week, viewers are expected to push Mi Rae for another bucket list she would belatedly explore – and that is to fall in love. Knowing the faint love complications and a looming second-lead syndrome that may just spice up the main love line, we are safe to say that My ID is Gangnam Beauty is one of the best fan service dramas that has aired this year at this time.
Catch up on the last four weeks of My ID is Gangnam Beauty on jTBC every Friday and Saturday.
abbyinhallyuland watched episodes 1-16 of My ID is Gangnam Beauty on VIU.
Photos retrieved from jTBC and iMBC.