Gallery artist Maroesjka Lavigne was named one of LensCulture's Top 50 Emerging Talents of 2014 with her series You are More than Beautiful, a photographic essay focused on plastic surgery in Seoul, South Korea.
The artist writes: Pressure is high in Seoul in almost every part of life. Getting into a good school, finding a good job, finding a man and having a wealthy life is not taken for granted. People have to compete with each other all the time. And of course beauty is a very important part of this competition. But Seoul takes it to a next level. A picture on your school application or job interview is a must. That's why looks are a very important part of your future. Girls get nose jobs as a graduating gift to get a better job.
To read the full artist's statement about the series and view a selection of images, click here.