Critics have accused Oli London of cultural appropriation but the influencer says they want others to respect their decision.
Oli London: British influencer defends 'identifying as Korean' after surgery to look like BTS star.
A white British influencer and singer has defended "identifying as Korean" after having what they have described as "racial transitional surgery".
Oli London, who also recently came out as non-binary and uses the pronouns they and them, released a video on YouTube explaining why they have undergone plastic surgery 18 times to look like BTS singer Park Ji-min, or Jimi
In their video statement showing the results of their surgery - which includes a face lift, a brow lift, and work on their teeth - they said: "I know a lot of people don't understand me, but I do identify as Korean and I do look Korean now, I do feel Korean...
"That's just my culture. That's my home country. That's exactly how I look now. And I also identify as Jimin, that's my career name."
London, pictured above in an Instagram post from December 2020, before the latest surgery, said they wanted to "take the brave step" to speak out as "I'm sure there's many other young people out there that do identify as Korean or maybe as Japanese, and they don't have the strength or courage, or they don't know the words how to express this. And it's a very, very tough thing."
The influencer has been posting messages on social media about identifying as non-binary and Korean in recent week
Responding to a tweet in which they posted an "official flag" for the identity, one Twitter user wrote: "You can be non binary that's who you are but you are not and you will never be korean
"I don't think they even understand how disrespectful this is," another said.
An influencer at 31? Seems like a cushy job, I must have missed that opportunity.
As we can all be any race we want now what race are you guys going to be?
I've always wanted to be a Comanche Native American. Hopefully my boss won't be too surprised when I rock up with war paint and feathers in my hair.