THE TRUTH ABOUT BEAUTY ACCORDING TO PARK SEO JUN
MEGA Man|December - January 2021
Beyond the distilled and distinguished exterior, Park Seo Jun barrels through, redefining the standard of beauty according to who it matters the most—you
ANGELO RAMIREZ DE CARTAGENA

When one conjures an image of a larger-than-life personality blessing us mere mortals with a dazzling presence that seemingly beckons a hallelujah chorus and the parting of a sea of people, the requisites are all drawn up: a thick barrier of human security protecting their ward at all costs, the incognito staples of dark-tinted sunglasses and a baseball cap tipped way beyond the point of comfort, and a hunkered down posture as to keep a low profile. Sightings of this sort are not your average everyday thing, especially in our celebrity-obsessed culture where the simple rumor of a star sighting is enough to send a swarm of fans in exponential droves to the marked spot. Rare as it is, they’ve populated our daydreams and fantasies so much that when the apparent possibility presents itself, the chances are, we are likely to miss it from right under our noses. That or we have somehow fashioned a designation of respect to give these people a space to exhale as their true selves away from the microscopic scrutiny, assuaging a level of respect, especially since by all mean necessary, these stars have relented much of their lives to us, the adoring public.

Far from our reach, it is the kind of thing to not only expect, what with their place in our rabid fanaticism, but to give them as their due. They can posture around in their semblance of normal, while we content ourselves with, on a lucky day, breathing the same air as they do. However, this was far from the reality for Korean actor and perennial leading man, Park Seo Jun, as he casually strolled along a mall complex in Manila’s central business district—in broad daylight no less. As seen in the YouTube video published on his channel, Record Park’s, a hairline shy of a year ago with 3,107,704 views, the cap was well in place and less than a handful of people around him, but there was no brazen effort to conceal himself from plain sight. In fact, if you were consumed in the doldrums of your mundane, you will have most likely missed him completely, dismissing him as another foreigner taking a break from the stifling heat the country can be known for.

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