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Plus-size model Kim Geeyang challenges South Korea's beauty norm

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South Korean plus-size model Vivian Geeyang Kim poses for a photo shoot at a studio in Seoul.
South Korean plus-size model Vivian Geeyang Kim poses for a photo shoot at a studio in Seoul. AFP/Jung Yeon-Je

Based on population size, South Koreans undergo more plastic surgery than in any other country. That’s according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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In addition to having big eyes and a high nose, a beautiful woman is expected to be very thin. But model Kim Geeyang doesn’t fit that image. She’s Korea’s first plus-size model and she's helping other women who don’t have the traditional shape for modelling to stop being camera shy.

Correspondent Jason Strother has her story from Seoul.

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