What You Need to Know About the Author of the Webtoon-Turned-K-Drama 'True Beauty'

She used to be a fitting model!
by Hanna Tamondong for Cosmo.ph   |  Dec 14, 2020
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We're just two episodes in the new tvN drama True Beauty and it already seems to be a fan favorite! The storyline about a high school student's transformation into a makeup ~goddess~ is pretty interesting, and the cast members (Cha Eun Woo, Moon Ga Young, Hwang In Yeop, and Park Yoo Na) really look like they popped out of the manhwa. Interesting, 'no?

ICYDK, the series (which streams exclusively on Viu) is actually an adaptation of a popular webtoon of the same name. It was well-received not just in South Korea but also in other countries like Japan and the USA, and has gained a total of four billion views to date! If you're wondering who's the author behind this success, you have come to the right place. Everyone, meet Yaongyi.

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Some fast facts about her: Born on April 24, 1991, Yaongyi's name translates to "meow" which explains her Instagram handle. Last year, she was one of the top-searched keywords on Naver after her identity was revealed, and prior to her webtoon stint, Yaongyi used to be a fitting model!

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In an interview, the 29-year-old opened up about her childhood dream and how her past job helped her come up with True Beauty: "My dream growing up was to become a comic creator. I did have flings with many other jobs but the only that stuck around was related to art. I worked in various fields before my creator debut. My experience as a fitting model was really helpful in creating True Beauty."

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Yaongyi said that True Beauty's popularity really surprised her and that she's thankful for the support that she's been receiving. When asked how long it took her to finish an episode of the webtoon, the author explained that she needs to pull an average of four all-nighters a week. That's quite tough, especially since her drawings are really intricate. But look at her now—those sleepless nights paid off!

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If you'll notice, the characters in True Beauty are quite fashionable and it's because Yaongyi is on top of the latest trends. And just like Im Ju Kyung, she's a makeup pro as well! Fun fact: She's also into K-pop and her favorite groups include SF9 and X1.

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True Beauty's K-drama adaptation is something that Yaongyi is very happy about. In an article by Soompi, Yaongyi expressed how she felt about all of these achievements and hopes that the series will "bring to life the growth process of the webtoon's main character, Ju Kyung."

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The webtoon author recently appeared in the show Yoo Quiz On The Block, where she gifted the hosts with their hand-drawn portraits. Ang galing!

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What are your thoughts on the first two episodes of True Beauty? Let us know in the comments section!

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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