A British man named Oli London has spent around £125,000 (over 155,000 USD) on surgeries to resemble Jimin from BTS. London discovered BTS while living in Korea during 2013 and was quickly captivated by them. In 2019 he underwent rhinoplasty, alarplasty, jaw surgery, cheekbone reduction, and chin contouring in South Korea.
- On his procedures: "I want my entire lifestyle to revolve around K-pop and I want my entire look to look like Jimin because for me he is perfection, his jaw shape, his lips his voice, everything. I know some people don’t understand plastic surgery but it’s certainly become a lot more normalised around the world and, at the end of the day, I’m doing what makes me happy, I’m following my dreams."
- On accusations of racism and appropriation: "I’m not actually changing my race, I have a deep respect for Korean culture. It’s cultural appreciation not cultural appropriation so I’m very, very respectful of Korean culture. It’s just I’m really in love with Korean culture. I really understand it, I’ve been learning the language so I’m incredibly respectful to Korean people. Korean people love me! They are very kind to me, they are very nice, they don’t have a problem with it. As long as it doesn’t affect people, as long as it doesn’t hurt people, I’m doing something that makes me happy and I’m doing something because I love Korea, I love K-Pop. It’s just a particular look you get; a lot of people want to emulate Kim Kardashian, people want to emulate these stars, for me it’s a K-Pop star."
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