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‘Birth of a Beauty’ and 9 Other Dramatic Transformations!


Birth of a Beauty,” — a promising new Korean drama that launches today — marks the drama comeback of Han Ye Seul after three years. In the new series, she plays Sara, a woman who survives an accident that leaves her body and spirit damaged. To seek revenge against those who’ve hurt her, Sara gets plastic surgery and transforms into a stunning beauty.

Appearing alongside her are Joo Sang Wook (from “Cunning Single Lady” and “Good Doctor”) and Jung Gyu Woon (from “God’s Gift – 14 Days” and “Romance Town”), which creates a handsome man sandwich! 

Sara’s transformation is quite shocking, which reminds us of some other drastic transformations that we have seen in some of our favorite dramas. This is our list of nine other dramatic transformations you must see to believe!  

Joo Sang Wook in ‘Cunning Single Lady

As nerdy computer genius, Jung Woo studied more than paying attention to his looks. He was a destitute student who probably didn’t have the time or money to get a proper haircut. We think Joo Sang Wook is still stylish rocking the “bowl” haircut, and his wife, Ae Ra (played by Lee Min Jung), obviously thought so, too!

Hwang Jung Eum in Incarnation of Money

Bok Jae In grew up in a seedy environment with her mother operating a successful loan shark business. Food became her only solace, resulting in massive weight gain. When her mother takes in Lee Cha Don (played later by Kang Ji Hwan) after their car accidentally hits him, Jae In is emotionally scarred when he says that he can never like someone as fat and ugly as her. This fuels Jae In’s complete physical transformation years later to make herself feel better.

Xie Kun Da in Prince William

After CEO William is kidnapped, the traumatic experience leaves him unable to speak. His secretary is tasked with finding a guy who looks eerily similar to him, which turns out to be Ah Bin (both played by Xie Kun Da), a fisherman who lives in a small village. Ah Bin assumes William’s life temporarily, but can it turn out to be permanent? Seems like Xie Kun Da enjoys dressing up since his current role is as a guardian angel in “Love Cheque Charge”!

Lee Kwang Soo in Running Man

In Episode 216, our dreams finally came true when Lee Kwang Soo (from “It’s Okay, That’s Love”) lived up to his ‘Kwang-vatar’ nickname on the popular variety show! The games played in this heroes edition focused on getting their superpowers back. While on his way to the mission location, citizens glared at Kwang Soo because of his strange looks. Honestly, we would probably do the same!

Nikki Hsieh in Princess’ Stand In

Jin Da Hua grew up being teased about her buckteeth and unsightly facial mole. After a run-in with Ou Yang Tai (played by Chris Wu), her life completely changes when he offers to pay for plastic surgery to transform her into his recently-deceased fiancé, who bore a strong resemblance to Da Hua. She agrees so that her secret dream of having Lin Guan Jun (played by James Wen) fall in love with her can be realized! Would you do the same, too, for someone you loved?

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won in Secret Garden

What could be a more epic transformation than two people of the opposite sex switching bodies? Gil Ra Im (played by Ha Ji Won) is a tough stuntwoman who comes from humble beginnings and leads a simple, single life. Kim Joo Won (played by Hyun Bin) is an arrogant, rich department store CEO who only cares about wealth and status. After visiting a mysterious restaurant on Jeju Island known as Secret Garden, they wake up the next morning in each other’s bodies! How would you feel if this happened to you?

Marian Rivera in Darna

For those still in the Halloween mood, the superhero theme in this Filipino series is for you! Narda was a sweet, young woman living a normal life until she learned she was the chosen one responsible for keeping the world free from evil forces. Narda then changes from a wholesome young woman to a gorgeous superhero, using her new special powers of flight, strength and speed to keep everyone safe. Narda kicks butt and also looks fabulous in her outfit!

Lee Seung Gi in Gu Family Book

Choi Kang Chi grew up with a positive outlook on life, believing that he was a regular young man. Little did he know that he’s actually the son of a human mother and a mythical-creature father. Because he is his father’s son, Gang Chi undergoes a terrifying transformation when angry, where his eyes become beastly and his fingers turn into dangerous claws! He then tries to find the “Gu Family Book,” which holds the secret to how he can become a real human!

IU in Dream High

Our favorite adorable singer is known for her hit songs “Good Day” (with the famous three high notes!), “YOU&I” and “The Red Shoes” but she’s an accomplished actress, too! She was able to show off her singing talents in the role of Pil Suk, an overweight student who had a huge crush on Jason (played by 2PM’s Wooyoung). In order to win his attention, she believed that losing weight was the answer. Does her transformation change his feelings, or did he secretly already like her?

Which transformation is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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