Gangnam Beauty

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Gangnam Beauty
My ID is Gangnam Beauty.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • My ID is Gangnam Beauty
  • ID: Gangnam Beauty[1]
Hangul내 아이디는 강남미인
Based onMy ID is Gangnam Beauty
by Gi Maeng-gi
Written byChoi Soo-young
Directed byChoi Sung-bum
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)
  • Hwang In-roe
  • Jo Jun-hyung
  • Kim Dong-hyun
  • Choi Young-joong
  • Jang Ji-yeon
  • Kim Kyung-tae
  • Yang Se-jin
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Art & Culture[a]
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 27 (2018-07-27) –
September 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)
External links

Gangnam Beauty[2] (Korean내 아이디는 강남미인; RRNae aidineun gangnammi-in; lit. My ID is Gangnam Beauty) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri and Kwak Dong-yeon. Based on the webtoon of the same name published in 2016 by Naver Webtoon,[3][4] it centers on the life of a college student who went under cosmetic surgery to evade derision from her bullies yet her decision seems to backfire as her peers ridicule her artificial look. The title of the webtoon and of the TV series alludes to the Korean word gangnammi-in (Gangnam beauty), a derogatory term in South Korea for people who is attractive but looks as if they went through a number of plastic surgeries for a pretty face, a hot body or both.[5]

The series premiered on JTBC on July 27, 2018 and aired every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST).[6][7][8][9] It is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history. It also garnered praise for its portrayal of issues afflicting South Korean society, particularly on its superficial beauty standards and discrimination on the basis of physical appearance.[10][11][12]


Kang Mi-rae (Im Soo-hyang) decides to get plastic surgery after years of being bullied because of her looks. Her "rebirth" seems successful at first, but as her life at the university unfolds, her plan starts to backfire. The pressure of being a "pretty girl" begins to pressure her and, worse, those who can see through her surgery ridicule her and tag her as the "Gangnam plastic surgery monster." The drama follows Mi-rae's story of recovering self-esteem as she gets to know her coursemate, and former schoolmate in middle school, Do Kyung-seok (Cha Eun-woo).



A timid and insecure girl who has low self-esteem due to her "ugly" appearance. She desires to live a "normal" life and does not like standing out. She had been bullied throughout her middle school and high school, and receives cosmetic surgery prior to starting college. She aspires to be a perfumer.
A handsome college student who possesses both intelligence and wealth, but secretly harbors emotional scars from his unhappy home environment. He does not care about what others think, thus appearing cold and distant. However, he does have a caring side.
The most popular girl in the chemistry department due to her beautiful appearance. She appears innocent but her actions prove otherwise.
A chemistry graduate and teaching assistant. He is popular among the students for his handsome appearance and friendly persona. He falls for Kang Mi-rae for her looks but grows to love her personality.


People around Kang Mi-rae[edit]

Kang Mi-rae's father as well as taxi-driver. He is initially against Mi-rae's surgery, but later learns to accept all forms of her.
  • Kim Sun-hwa as Na Eun-sim[22]
Kang Mi-rae's mother. An insurance planner. She assists Mi-rae in receiving cosmetic surgery without the knowledge of her father.
Childhood friend of Kang Mi-rae. A first year psychology student who dreams of being a hip hop musician. She has a crush on Yeon Woo-young.

People around Do Kyung-seok[edit]

Do Kyung-seok's mother and CEO of a cosmetics company. Due to a divorce that resulted from an abusive marriage, she has been separated from her children for years, until she met her son again through Kang Mi-rae.
  • Park Sung-geun as Do Sang-won[22]
Do Kyung-seok's father as well as a congressman running for mayor. A self-centered and career-oriented man.
Do Kyung-seok's sister. An internet broadcasting jockey.
Do Kyung-seok's childhood friend. A bar owner.

Chemistry students[edit]

A first-year student as well as the freshman representative. Her chic personality makes her popular among the students. She has an innate sense of fairness and takes no sides in any conflict. She encounters Soo-a in her neighborhood and starts questioning her actual family background.
  • Jung Seung-hye as Choi Jung-boon
A first-year student. A cheerful girl from the countryside with a strong accent. She has a crush on Woo-jin.
  • Jung Hye-rin as Lee Ji-hyo[27]
A first-year student who is close friends with Soo-a. She is self-conscious about her physical appearance and what people think of her.
  • Kim Do-yeon as Jang Won-ho[28]
A first-year student. He has a crush on Soo-ah, and treats Kyung-seok as his biggest rival.
  • Kim Eun-soo as Kim Sung-woon[29]
A first-year student. Jung Won-ho's best friend.
  • Oh Hee-joon as Kim Chan-woo[30]
A first year-student is in his third year of repeat studies. He is known as "Master Dog" due to his crude personality. He bullies Mi-rae after she rejected his confession, and later develops a crush on Soo-ah.
  • Ryu Ki-san as Goo Tae-young[31]
A second-year student. President of the student council. He has an indecisive personality, and wavers in his decision to date Tae-hee.
  • Bae Da-bin as Kwon Yoon-byul[32]
A second-year student. Vice president of the student council. She is decisive and responsible, with an honest and blunt personality. Because of her boyish looks, she is popular among women. She later develops a crush on Woo-young, but is rejected.
  • Lee Ye-rim as Kim Tae-hee[33]
A second-year student. Secretary of the student council. She feels insecure due to her plump body. She likes Tae-young.
  • Baek Soo-min as Go Ye-na
A second year-student. A student council member in charge of student affairs. She used to be the most popular girl of the Chemistry department till Soo-ah came along. She has a crush on Kyung-seok, but later develops feelings for Jung-ho.
A second-year student. A mood maker. He has a crush on Ye-na since the first year.
  • Seo Ji-hye as Min-a[35]
A second-year student. She likes to gossip.
  • Kim Il-rin as Yeo-woo[36]
A second-year student. A superficial person who only cares about physical appearances.
  • Ham Sung-min as Jung Dong-won[37]
A first-year student. He is a motae solo and otaku with a huge presence on the Internet community. He is deluded that Soo-ah likes him.
  • Kim Min-ha as Sun-mi
A second-year student. She has a great relationship with the juniors.


  • Jung Myung-hoon as Young-mo
Chief of the National Assembly. Do Sang-won's assistant.
  • Ji Sang-hyuk as Lee Soo-hyun[38]
Business director of the cosmetics company operated by Nae-seong.
  • Ha Kyung as Yong Chul
Mi-rae's middle school crush who brutally rejected her, mostly due to her physical appearance.
  • Yoo In-soo as Park Rae-sun[39]
  • Cha Bo Sung as Ye Joon, a freshman (Ep. 2-3)

Special appearance[edit]


  • The series is written by Choi Soo-young (Cunning Single Lady, 2014).
  • The first script reading took place on May 30, 2018 at JTBC building in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea.[45]


The series garnered much praise for its cryptic portrayal of the main character's childhood. Viewers applauded director Choi for his thoughtful representation of the characters.[46]

The series was a commercial success and garnered critical praise for asking questions about the emphasis that society places on appearances and about the true meaning of happiness and beauty.[10]

The cast and staff of the drama went on a reward vacation to Cebu, Philippines for 4 nights and 5 days on October 19, 2018.[47]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Gangnam Beauty
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelWarner Music Group, withHC

Part 1[edit]

Released on August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
1."Love Diamond"Mathi, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-minPark Geun-chul, Jung Su-minWeki Meki[b]02:55
2."True"RUNY, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-minPark Geun-chul, Jung Su-minRUNY03:17
3."Love Diamond" (Inst.) Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min 02:55
4."True" (Inst.) Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min 03:17
Total length:12:24

Part 2[edit]

Released on August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
1."You Are My..." (향수)Mathi, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-minPark Geun-chul, Jung Su-minCeline04:40
2."You Are My..." (Inst.) Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min 04:40
Total length:09:20

Part 3[edit]

Released on August 11, 2018 (2018-08-11)
1."No No"Mathi, Park Geun-chulRUNY, IVeROwol03:25
2."No No" (Inst.) RUNY, IVeR 03:25
Total length:06:50

Part 4[edit]

Released on August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
1."Something"Kang Hye-in, Mathi, Park Geun-chulRyu Young-min, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-minGeorge, Kang Hye-in03:51
2."Something" (Inst.) Ryu Young-min, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min 03:51
Total length:07:42

Part 5[edit]

Released on August 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)
1."D-Day"Mathi, Park Geun-chulPark Geun-chul, RUNY, IVeRJunggigo03:31
2."D-Day" (Inst.) Park Geun-chul, RUNY, IVeR 03:31
Total length:07:02

Part 6[edit]

Released on August 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)
1."Always You"Mathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chulMathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chulJin Min-ho04:21
2."Always You" (Inst.) Mathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul 04:21
Total length:08:42

Part 7[edit]

Released on August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
1."Rainbow Falling"Mathi, Park Geun-chul, HowL, Jung Su-minJung Su-min, Park Geun-chul, Mathi, HowLCha Eun-woo (Astro)04:00
2."Rainbow Falling" (Inst.) Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul, Mathi, HowL 04:00
Total length:08:00

Part 8[edit]

Released on September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07)
1."Let's Go"HowL, DL, Kim Bo-sungHong Joon-seok, Francisco IovinoA-YEON, Chahee (Melody Day)03:16
2."Let's Go" (Inst.) Hong Joon-seok, Francisco Iovino 03:16
Total length:06:32

Part 9[edit]

Released on September 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)
1."Holiday"Hoteudogeu, Kim Bo-sungHowL, Kim Bo-sungYeoeun (Melody Day)03:51
2."Holiday" (Inst.) HowL, Kim Bo-sung 03:51
Total length:07:42
Disc 2:
1."My ID (Opening Title)"Various Artists1:22
2."My ID (Mother theme)"Various Artists2:29
3."My ID Doo Bae Doo Bae"Various Artists1:58
4."First Love Waltz"Various Artists2:19
5."First Love Waltz (Vocal Version)"Various Artists2:01
6."Amazing"Various Artists1:50
7."The Moment i fell in Love"Various Artists2:29
8."Love letter I"Various Artists1:48
9."Witch comic (Slow Version)"Various Artists2:35
10."Too Lost"Various Artists3:00
11."Rainy day date"Various Artists2:29
12."The Way to her Heart"Various Artists2:28
13."Something in your eyes"Various Artists1:59


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[48]
Nationwide Seoul
1 July 27, 2018 I'm Pretty Starting Today
(오늘부터 예뻐요)
2.885% 3.049%
2 July 28, 2018 You Have To Be Pretty From The Start
(원래부터 예뻐야죠)
3.302% 3.509%
3 August 3, 2018 You Don't Even Know
(알지도 못하면서)
3.066% 3.355%
4 August 4, 2018 You'll Meet Anyone Destined For You To Meet
(만날 사람은 만나게 된다)
4.027% 4.061%
5 August 10, 2018 The Genius Face's Counterattack 1
(얼굴천재의 역습 1)
3.326% 3.837%
6 August 11, 2018 The Genius Face's Counterattack 2
(얼굴천재의 역습 2)
3.612% 3.415%
7 August 17, 2018 A Male Friend
3.963% 4.784%
8 August 18, 2018 Basic Instincts
(원초적 본능)
4.392% 4.542%
9 August 24, 2018 A Twenty-Year-Old's Survival Story
(스무살의 생존기)
4.391% 5.046%
10 August 25, 2018 I Can Be Your Boyfriend
(남자친구여도 괜찮잖아)
5.022% 5.549%
11 August 31, 2018 Your ID is Gangnam Beauty
(너의 아이디는 강남미인)
4.492% 4.598%
12 September 1, 2018 Don't You Have Feelings For Me?
(너 나 안 좋아하냐?)
5.436% 5.825%
13 September 7, 2018 It's My First Love
4.768% 5.513%
14 September 8, 2018 Start Secretly
(시작은 비밀스럽게)
5.033% 5.265%
15 September 14, 2018 My Boyfriend is Do Kyung-seok
(내 남자친구는 도경석)
4.832% 5.783%
16 September 15, 2018 Even Though We Don't Know Much About Life Yet
(아직 인생은 모르지만)
5.753% 6.186%
Average 4.269% 4.645%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Cha Eun-woo Won [49]
Hallyu Star Award Won
Star of the Year Award Jo Woo-ri Won
26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Im Soo-hyang Won [50]

International broadcast[edit]


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  1. ^ A subsidiary of Creative Leaders Group Eight [ko]
  2. ^ Credited as a song by Weki Meki, sung by members Ji Su-yeon and Elly

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