Did IU Undergo Plastic Surgery?
IU (Lee Ji-eun) is a popular South Korean singer, songwriter and actress. There has been IU plastic surgery rumours circulating in internet forums for a few years. After looking at her younger photos, some netizens could not believe that her present beauty came about naturally. Some of the plastic surgery rumours include a nose job and eyelid surgery. The reports online include before and after photos of IU, showing distinct differences in her nose and eyes.
IU Has An Amazing Musical Career
IU was born on May 16, 1993. She is now of age 23. Since age 15, she has been active in her musical career. Her first album was Lost and Found which did not have much success. However, her next albums, Growing Up and IU…IM, brought her great success. Her single “Good Day”, shares the same record as “Gangnam Style” on the Gaon Digital Chart.
Her success did not stop there. In 2011, she followed up with two best selling albums Real+ and Last Fantasy. This was the year when IU ventured into song writing. She wrote her first song, “Hold My Hand” for the television series The Greatest Love.
Watch this video when IU was interviewed back in 2011:
Compare that to another interview in 2014:
Here is one of her latest performances in Taipei 2017:
By 2013, she mellowed down on her “young girl” image and turned more matured. In recent years, IU also dabbled in acting with great success. Some of the shows IU starred in include You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Pretty Man and The Producers.
As such, being such a prominent celebrity in South Korea, IU faces the constant pressure of looking her best. Any slight changes in her face will spark a huge wave of plastic surgery rumours. We will examine her changes in appearances year by year, followed by comparing her before and after photos side by side.
IU in her Audition Years
Here is a photo of IU during an audition we believe (but cannot confirm). The lack of makeup made her look very different from now. But her nose is noticeably flat. Furthermore, she looked slightly chubby. After all, if this photo was taken in 2007, she was only 14 years old. Though some might say that her facial changes are obvious, it is not conclusive because she was way too young then.
IU Had Natural Beauty
This picture above might have been taken sometime in 2008, when IU was 15 years old. Her face has sharpened somewhat. Her nose seemed to have turned sharper within a year. Her eyes seemed bigger now compared to the previous year. This could be her clever use of eye makeup.
This 2008 photo (above) shows IU much prettier than before. Her hair is well groomed and her eyes start to show double eyelids. But here eye bags started to form in this photo. Her nose seems to look better as she age! Her sharper nose cannot be the result of a nose job because she was too young for that!
In this next photo, you can see that IU is starting to look like her present self. She has used eye makeup again to make her eyes look bigger. Her face shape has become sharper, probably due to the camera angle. Does she look good in green?
The photo above was taken in 2010. Here you can see the evolution of IU, from a young girl to a more matured adult. Her long straight hair is a reflection of growing maturity. Some say that her facial skin has undergone some whitening. But her lighter skin tone is likely due to makeup. Her nose bridge still looks the same width. Her nose tip is remains the same. And she looks better in purple than green.
In 2011, it was the year IU had one of the biggest hits of her career. Her single, “Someday”, sold more than 2.2 million digital copies. It became one of IU’s best selling single of all time. This was the time when plastic surgery gossip about her lighter skin color started. Some say that it could not be due to makeup. But it is hard to believe that IU would go to such drastic measure to lighten her skin color. Her nose and eyes still look largely the same.
While attending a publication party at the Kyobo Bookstore, IU decided to turn back in time for a younger outfit. Here, she is dressed in a flowery yellow top that makes her look like a young girl. There is hardly any signs of plastic surgery. Just that her eyebrows looked slightly messy in this photo (above).
The photo above was taken in October 2013 when IU posed for her 3rd Album “Modern Times” at the K-Art Hall. Still, she is void of any plastic surgery signs. Her chin has turned slightly rounder compared to her previous photos. Her nose shape is still the same. No signs of eyelid surgery as well because if she did, her swollen eye bags will not be there.
Here, IU is seen attending the KCON 2014 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena held on the August 9, 2014. In this photo, its the strongest case of skin whitening speculation as she looked very very “white”. Together with her bright red lipstick, she wore a great combination dress with red roses. Her jaw shape and nose shape remained the same. No evidence of her having undergone plastic surgery.
One will wonder why IU has constantly neglected her heavy eye bags. In this shot taken on May 27, 2015, IU attended the SONY Korea- Premium BlueTooth Audio Launch. Her nose shape remains the same. She seemed to look prettier naturally rather than using plastic surgery. She has managed to retain much of her teenage charm into her early 20s.
In one of her latest appearance for Sony Korea “MDR-1000X” launch on Sept 21 2016 in Seoul, IU looked slightly tired. Her eye bags were not only showing, but seemed to be of a different skin color. Though she put on rather thick makeup, her tiredness kept her from looking energetic. Her chin still retains the same shape as before.
Now in 2017, IU still looks natural. Anyone saying that she had plastic surgery must have compared her very young photos to her present self. In the above photo, she waves to the camera at the Taiwan airport. She has been very consistent in her makeup colors during the last few years. Her nose should be much sharper if she had undergone a nose job. Those IU plastic surgery speculations are just guesswork with nothing to back up.
Most of the plastic surgery sites will compare IU’s childhood photos with her present ones. There is nothing wrong with such comparison. In fact, it is interesting to compare them to see how she grew into such a beauty today. Let take a look at some of her now and then photos, together with the alleged plastic surgery procedures.
IU and Nose Job Rumors
Nose jobs are very popular among celebrities. Having a well done nose job can enhance the looks of the celebrity tremendously. For Asian celebrities, many are born with rounder and flatter noses. Noses are generally smaller than the Western celebrities. Thus, a good nose job can create a significant difference in the looks department.
With today’s technology advancement, a nose job has a high degree of success. However, one must not overlook the risks involved with nose jobs. Any mistake could prove hard to correct. Revisionary rhinoplasty usually does not turn out well.
For IU, here natural nose is small and has a round tip. IU will definitely look more beautiful and elegant with a sharper nose. However, when you compare IU before and after photos, there is no signs of nose job at all. Her nose has remained the same. Even when you compare these two photos above, you can see nothing was done to her nose.
IU and Eyelid Surgery Rumors
Eyelid surgery is commonly used to reduce the fine lines around the eyes. As a person age, eyelids can have several folds due to the loss of muscle elasticity. Some also undergo eyelid surgery to have double eyelids and to make their eyes look bigger. Often, people who undergo eyelid surgery will also request to have their eyebags reduced.
For IU, she has been having big eye bags for years. Her eyes look bigger because of eyeliners and eye makeup. It is unlikely for her to undergo eyelid surgery. If she had done so, her eye bags should be removed by now.
Overall, IU has remained naturally looking despite all the plastic surgery rumors. Some of those plastic surgery speculations might have been the result of jealousy and envy. At age 23, IU has achieved many milestones in her career. It is important for her to look good at all times. To say that she used plastic surgery to attain her beauty is definitely untrue. Let’s look forward to more exciting performances from IU in the years to come. What do you think of IU plastic surgery rumors? True or false?