A British influencer, who is white, has undergone multiple plastic surgeries to look like a member of the K-pop band BTS. They say they now identify as Korean and can finally be themselves.
Oli London, who identities as non-binary, has gone under the knife 18 times to look like pop star Park Jimin according to the New York Post. On Monday, they showed a video from a hospital bed to show off the latest work they had done, even speaking in Korean.
“Hey, guys! I’m finally Korean. I’ve transitioned,” London said in a video. They also said they now go by the name Jimin.
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 28, 2021
Jimin said they now identify as Korean, feel it’s their home country, and are finally happy with how they look. “I’ve been trapped in the wrong body … But finally, I’m Korean — I can be myself. And I’m so, so happy,” they said.
“I’m so, so happy I’ve completed my look … I have the eyes [and] I’ve just had a brow lift, as well,” said the influencer
The Daily Star reports that the surgical procedures cost more than $150,000. The transition has taken Jimin about eight years to complete. During that time, the influencer said they really struggled with identity issues and with who they are.
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 26, 2021
Jimin’s transition and identifying as “transracial” has caused quite the stir online. A lot of the comments they received on social media following the announcement have been critical.
Users were quick to point out that surgery does not make you Korean.