In the eye of the beholder

Art April 18, 2015 01:00


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Beauty and enhanced ability are the focus on new reality TV show "Make Me Over Thailand"

REALITY TELEVISION that focuses on improving people’s lives has been around for a while – think “The Swan” and “The Biggest Loser”. Now Thai TV is coming up with a show that promises its winner that she will become the most perfect woman in the entire country.
Produced by NFK Media and set to hit the small screen in September, “Make Me Over Thailand: Beauty Changes Lives” focuses on both beauty and ability and sets out to make dreams come true by changing lives, looks and personalities. 
“We are working with one of South Korea’s leading plastic surgery hospitals to produce this reality show and it will be broadcast not just in Thailand but also in other Asian countries,” says the production house’s chief executive Viphol Aumnuayphonchai.
“We have selected four coaches who will teach participants how to act and express themselves, project a strong and likeable personality, how to look good through make-up and in the way they dress and last, how to conduct business. The host will be someone Thai women look up to,” adds NFK’s Wutikrai Watanawutikrai.
Korean surgeons, Dr Chung Jong Pil of Cinderella Plastic Surgery Centre and Dr Kang Hong Dae from JW Plastic Surgery, also took part in the recent press conference, and spoke at length about surgery trends in South Korea and the preparation required before the surgery takes place.
 “Today’s trend blends features of the Western face with Asian features. Popular make-overs include double eyelids and rhinoplasty, though the new nose will always be smaller than its Westerner counterpart,” says Dr Chung, an expert in facial reconstruction.
 “You have to prepare a lot of questions about what you want for surgery. If you want double eyelids, you must be over 13 years old. And if you want nose surgery, you must be over 18 years old. In South Korea, high school students are increasingly seeking plastic surgery and many of them are demanding a V-shaped face. We stipulate that these patients must be over 18 years old and also in good health, as this speeds up recovery. Two weeks before undergoing surgery patients must stop taking aspirin and dietary supplements because these affect blood flow,” he adds.
“I think that the surgery in South Korea is safer,” Dr Kang adds. “We see many patients coming from Thailand to have plastic surgery in South Korea and we try to make them look entirely natural. For me, surgery doesn’t only change the outer body but also boosts self-confidence. I want my patients to be beautiful both on the inside and the outside.”
The reality show, which will run for 12 weeks, will see the contestants coached by director Marut “Tor” Sarowat, actress and model Kara Polasit, designer Patinya “Guitar” Keawkong, editor of Marie Claire, and Dr Chettha “Boy” Songthaveepol, founder of car magazine Evo. The host is yet to be announced.
Beauty and the beast
Applicants must be Thai women between the ages of 21 and 35. 
The application form can be downloaded at and submitted either online with a one-minute video clip introducing yourself and your abilities or handed in to Miravue International Medical Group at Bangkok Mediplex Ekamai Building. 
The deadline for applications is April 30.
“Make Me Over Thailand” will broadcast from September on Thairath TV Channel 32.
Find out more at or YouTube Channel Make Me Over Thailand.
The winner of the Popular Vote will receive many prizes and a chance to work with a leading company.