A British influencer has explained how they now 'identify as Korean' after getting surgery to look like their favourite member of K-pop band BTS.
Oli London has reportedly gone under the knife 15 times in the past eight years to get their face as close to 'Korean' as possible. The cost of all these surgeries is estimated to have been more than $150,000.
The non-binary influencer believes they now have a striking resemblance to Jimin and asked their followers to use the pronouns 'they/them/Korean/Jimin.'
They added: "'I do identify as Korean... this is my choice, my decision. It's not hurting anyone."
In a video posted on social media, Oli explained how Korea is their 'home country' and their 'culture' and that's 'exactly how I look now'.
"I know it's a little bit confusing for some people...nobody has ever come out as Jimin or Korean but it's just something that you guys know if you follow my journey for the last eight years. I've really struggled with identity issues, with who I am," Oli said.
Oli copped backlash for uploading a photo of a rainbow South Korean flag while trying to cement their identity and connection to the country.
They wrote alongside the picture: "This is my new official flag for being a non-binary person who identifies as Korean. Thank you for the overwhelming support it was so hard for me to come out as Them/they/kor/ean."
People slammed London for 'trivialising' the Korea culture 'because they're suddenly 'trendy'.
In response to the criticism, Oli wrote on Instagram: "Yes I identify as Korean. Yes I'm non-binary. Yes I look like Jimin. But none of this should be a reason to outcast me from society, to dehumanise me and shame me for being who I am, a non-binary Korean person."
Oli's manager told the Daily Dot how he felt 'strongly attached' to Korea and the country's culture.
The representative added that London identifies with Korea much more than the UK, so why should't they be allowed to call themselves Korean.
Oli clarified in 2019 that they weren't changing their 'race' when they said they identified as Korean and it simply means he will refer to themself that way when speaking to people.
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