Drama

Review: True Beauty

Now that the drama has ended, those lost sad sheep can redirect to read the webtoon if you have not because it is equally amazing!

No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, Comedy, School

Native Title: 여신강림
Original network: tvN

The story revolves around the insecurity of a woman without make-up, Im Joo Kyung (Moon Ga Young) was born a middle child but did not inherit the good looks and brain that her elder sister and younger brother has. Being bullied in school due to her ‘ugly face’ drives her to the point of ending her life. The news of moving back to the old house and transferring school helped her to find a new purpose in life.

Park Se Mi and gang bully Joo Kyung. True Beauty
Park Se Mi (Jeon Hye Won) and gang bully Joo Kyung. True Beauty

She fell in love with the only person outside her family that see her true self, Lee Su Ho (Astro’s Cha Eun Woo) is an attractive and smart individual that holds the no.1 rank in school for the longest time. However, he likes to stay alone and swallow his sorrows.

Han Seo Jun (Hwang In Yeob) and Lee Su Ho are close friends since middle school but drifted apart after Jeong Se Yeon (SF9’s Chani) suicide. Seo Jun fell for Joo Kyung after knowing her better outside school.

Transferred

Joo Kyung was bullied by her classmates due to her looks decides to start fresh when her family has to move back to the old house. She picks up makeup lessons through online videos and transform herself and became the goddess of Saebeom High School.

Joo Kyung, Soo Ah and Soo Jin first day as friends. True Beauty.
Joo Kyung, Soo Ah and Soo Jin first day as friends. True Beauty.

Her new classmate Choi Soo Ah (Kang Min Ah) quickly became good friends with Joo Kyung and pulled in Kang Soo Jin (Park Yoo Na). The trio became really close friends who study and play together.

Developed interest

Joo Kyung frequent the neighborhood’s comic store and for the horror genre books. What she did not expect is the smart and handsome schoolmate Su Ho patronized the same comic store as her. Su Ho did not recognize her as the newly transferred student Joo Kyung, but the person he saved from the rooftop due to her no-makeup face.

Soon they got closer due to the same passion and Su Ho found out they are the same person fairly quickly and decide to help her hide the truth in school.

Love triangle

Joo Kyung stuck in between Seo Jun and Suho. True Beauty.
Joo Kyung stuck in between Seo Jun and Suho. True Beauty.

Before the love triangle between Suho, Joo Kyung, and Seo Jun became square with Soo Jin. We are really stuck in between Team Suho and Team Seo Jun as much as Joo Kyung does.

Seo Jun and Su Ho’s friendship knot eventually untie but they went through an accident. The pair of friends are both well aware that they fell for the same person. How will they manage their relationship and friendship together?

Seo Jun and Suho supporting each other while they are hospitalized. True Beauty
Seo Jun and Suho supporting each other while they are hospitalized. True Beauty

Other love lines

The romance between Joo Kyung’s homeroom teacher Han Jun Woo (Oh Eui Shik) and her elder sister Im Hee Kyung (Im Se Mi) is an adorable one where the female is the one that look the initiative.

Hee Kyung pursue Jun Woo in True Beauty.
Hee Kyung woo Jun Woo in True Beauty.

Saved from the bullies, Han Go Woon (Yeo Joo Ha) became a close junior to Joo Kyung and after that realized that she is Seo Jun’s younger sister. To make things even complicated, Joo Kyung’s younger brother Im Joo Young (Kim Min Ki) fell for Go Woon.

Jooyoung try to gain attention from Go Woon. True Beauty
Jooyoung try to gain attention from Go Woon. True Beauty

Exposed by rival

The real face that Joo Kyung fought hard to keep a secret was left out of the bag. Soo Jin was shocked but chose to protect Joo Kyung when she found out her bare face during their camping trip.

Soo Jin was triggered when she found out that Joo Kyung and Suho is dating and their relationship is going strong. The jealously blinded her and she used the ex-bully Se Mi and connected the dots.

She exposed Joo Kyung’s past in the school community forum site. Overnight, Joo Kyung was criticized badly and many felt betrayed by her hiding her true self.


Mandu competition between Seojun and Suho held at Joo Kyung's house. True Beauty.
Mandu competition between Seojun and Suho held at Joo Kyung’s house. True Beauty.

Love the balance between comedy and romance in the drama. The richness that they gave to Joo Kyung with a strong family which is not obvious in the webtoon version.

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