It’s said that the camera doesn’t lie, but these days, it does upgrade the truth – especially when it comes to Chinese social media, where at least half of all selfies benefit from beautification through specialized photo-editing apps like Meitu. And the beautification culture spills over into real life when young Chinese, mostly women, ask plastic surgeons to make their faces match their selfies. New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan interviewed Chinese Internet developers – as well as cosmetic surgeons and their perfection-chasing patients – about this developing trend. getAbstract recommends Fan’s intriguing look beneath the photogenic surface.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why young Chinese are reaching for perfect looks,
- How they are using apps to beautify themselves online and
- Who is reaping riches from the trend.
About the Author
Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker.