|Also known as|
|Hangul||내 아이디는 강남미인|
|Based on||My ID is Gangnam Beauty|
by Gi Maeng-gi
|Written by||Choi Soo-young|
|Directed by||Choi Sung-bum|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Art & Culture[a]|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||July 27 –|
September 15, 2018
Gangnam Beauty (Korean: 내 아이디는 강남미인; RR: Nae 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, 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.
The series premiered on JTBC on July 27, 2018 and aired every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST). 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.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Reception
- 5 Original soundtrack
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 International broadcast
- 9 References
- 10 Notes
- 11 External links
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.
- Cha Eun-woo as Do Kyung-seok
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A first-year student. Jung Won-ho's best friend.
- Oh Hee-joon as Kim Chan-woo
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A second-year student. She likes to gossip.
- Kim Il-rin as Yeo-woo
- A second-year student. A superficial person who only cares about physical appearances.
- Ham Sung-min as Jung Dong-won
- 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
- 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
- Cha Bo Sung as Ye Joon, a freshman (Ep. 2-3)
- Lee Young-ae
- Um Hong-gil
- Ahn Sang-tae as Taxi Passenger
- Jeon Jin-ki as Priest
- Yoon Bo-ra
- Tiger JK
- Han Hyun-min
- 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.
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.
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.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Label||Warner Music Group, withHC|
|Released on August 3, 2018|
|1.||"Love Diamond"||Mathi, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||Weki Meki[b]||02:55|
|2.||"True"||RUNY, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||RUNY||03:17|
|3.||"Love Diamond" (Inst.)||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||02:55|
|4.||"True" (Inst.)||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||03:17|
|Released on August 10, 2018|
|1.||"You Are My..." (향수)||Mathi, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||Celine||04:40|
|2.||"You Are My..." (Inst.)||Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||04:40|
|Released on August 11, 2018|
|1.||"No No"||Mathi, Park Geun-chul||RUNY, IVeR||Owol||03:25|
|2.||"No No" (Inst.)||RUNY, IVeR||03:25|
|Released on August 17, 2018|
|1.||"Something"||Kang Hye-in, Mathi, Park Geun-chul||Ryu Young-min, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||George, Kang Hye-in||03:51|
|2.||"Something" (Inst.)||Ryu Young-min, Park Geun-chul, Jung Su-min||03:51|
|Released on August 24, 2018|
|1.||"D-Day"||Mathi, Park Geun-chul||Park Geun-chul, RUNY, IVeR||Junggigo||03:31|
|2.||"D-Day" (Inst.)||Park Geun-chul, RUNY, IVeR||03:31|
|Released on August 25, 2018|
|1.||"Always You"||Mathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul||Mathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul||Jin Min-ho||04:21|
|2.||"Always You" (Inst.)||Mathi, Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul||04:21|
|Released on August 31, 2018|
|1.||"Rainbow Falling"||Mathi, Park Geun-chul, HowL, Jung Su-min||Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul, Mathi, HowL||Cha Eun-woo (Astro)||04:00|
|2.||"Rainbow Falling" (Inst.)||Jung Su-min, Park Geun-chul, Mathi, HowL||04:00|
|Released on September 7, 2018|
|1.||"Let's Go"||HowL, DL, Kim Bo-sung||Hong Joon-seok, Francisco Iovino||A-YEON, Chahee (Melody Day)||03:16|
|2.||"Let's Go" (Inst.)||Hong Joon-seok, Francisco Iovino||03:16|
|Released on September 15, 2018|
|1.||"Holiday"||Hoteudogeu, Kim Bo-sung||HowL, Kim Bo-sung||Yeoeun (Melody Day)||03:51|
|2.||"Holiday" (Inst.)||HowL, Kim Bo-sung||03:51|
|1.||"My ID (Opening Title)"||Various Artists||1:22|
|2.||"My ID (Mother theme)"||Various Artists||2:29|
|3.||"My ID Doo Bae Doo Bae"||Various Artists||1:58|
|4.||"First Love Waltz"||Various Artists||2:19|
|5.||"First Love Waltz (Vocal Version)"||Various Artists||2:01|
|7.||"The Moment i fell in Love"||Various Artists||2:29|
|8.||"Love letter I"||Various Artists||1:48|
|9.||"Witch comic (Slow Version)"||Various Artists||2:35|
|10.||"Too Lost"||Various Artists||3:00|
|11.||"Rainy day date"||Various Artists||2:29|
|12.||"The Way to her Heart"||Various Artists||2:28|
|13.||"Something in your eyes"||Various Artists||1:59|
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|
|1||July 27, 2018||I'm Pretty Starting Today
|2||July 28, 2018||You Have To Be Pretty From The Start
|3||August 3, 2018||You Don't Even Know
|4||August 4, 2018||You'll Meet Anyone Destined For You To Meet
(만날 사람은 만나게 된다)
|5||August 10, 2018||The Genius Face's Counterattack 1
(얼굴천재의 역습 1)
|6||August 11, 2018||The Genius Face's Counterattack 2
(얼굴천재의 역습 2)
|7||August 17, 2018||A Male Friend
|8||August 18, 2018||Basic Instincts
|9||August 24, 2018||A Twenty-Year-Old's Survival Story
|10||August 25, 2018||I Can Be Your Boyfriend
|11||August 31, 2018||Your ID is Gangnam Beauty
(너의 아이디는 강남미인)
|12||September 1, 2018||Don't You Have Feelings For Me?
(너 나 안 좋아하냐?)
|13||September 7, 2018||It's My First Love
|14||September 8, 2018||Start Secretly
|15||September 14, 2018||My Boyfriend is Do Kyung-seok
(내 남자친구는 도경석)
|16||September 15, 2018||Even Though We Don't Know Much About Life Yet
(아직 인생은 모르지만)
- 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
|2018||11th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Cha Eun-woo||Won|||
|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|||
- In the Philippines, the series aired on ABS-CBN on August 5, 2019 during The First and True Home of Asianovelas programming block, replacing Pinoy Big Brother: Otso Gold.
- In Mongolia, the series aired on Edutainment TV in March, 2019.
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