IU has drawn the attention of netizens recently for a change in her skin tone, which appears to be a point of contention.
Earlier today, a post was made on an online community board comparing IU’s skin during her debut days with her current appearance, and people are commenting that IU didn’t have the same light skin tone when she first debuted.
Though some netizens are suggesting that the change was caused by whitening products and treatment, others are suggesting various explanations for her previously darker tone. When IU first debuted, her make up was usually toned down, and she was still in the process of maturing so her looks were prone to change. The difference in skin tone could also be due to lighting.
Netizens commented on the post, “She’s still pretty then and now“, “Does IU have slander forces? Why do people keep talking about her past?“, “I guess she continuously received whitening treatment. I’m jealous“, and “I was dark when I was little too, but I’m white now, it’s definitely possible for skin tone to change.”
Skin whitening is a popular thing in Korea, so it’s possible that was behind her skin tone change.
Paleness is associated with things such as innocence, class, and purity, and not coincidentally, those qualities go along perfectly with her image, so being light skinned would undoubtedly benefit her.
In this case, I find it believable that she tried to lighten her skin by whatever means, just because it would help her career. Nothing wrong with it, but I’m just saying.
I’m not going to get into how skin tones in Asia serve as a form of classism, but I’ll just say that they generally do.
This is why you’ll see celebrities who are supposed to have pure and positive images as white as can be (IU), but the celebrities who want controversial and sexualized images (Hyori) achieve that by darkening their skin color.
Not saying it’s right, but that’s the way it is, not only in Korea, but basically everywhere around the world.