True Beauty is a South Korean television series starring Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-youp, and Park Yoo-na. It aired on tvN from December 9, 2020 to February 4, 2021 every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:30. The drama, which was adapted from the eponymous webtoon, is the story of Lim Ju Gyeong (Moon Ka Young), a teenaged girl who discovers the magical use of makeup and thus, begins leading a secret parallel life as a pretty girl, hiding her real face from everyone. Her life changes when she falls in love with the handsome Lee Suho (Cha Eun Woo).
As the show went off air on February 4, the cast and crew of True Beauty shared emotional farewell pictures on the conclusion of the show. They shared the pictures on social networking sites and drew netizens’ ire for posing in a large crowd, without a mask, in the middle of COVID-19. The production staff of True Beauty issued a statement following the backlash. According to a media report the True Beauty staff sincerely apologized for causing fans concern and assured them that they took off their masks only temporarily. They also assured that they will work to create a safe set and not be careless about rules.
True Beauty’s production staff’s full statement reads as, “We apologies for causing many people concern due to the staff group photo taken after the end of filming. During the filming of True Beauty, we strictly followed the rules on preventing infection transmission and were able to finish filming safely. However, we ended up causing people concern with the photo taken to commemorate the end of filming where we temporarily took off our masks. We will do our best to create a safe set in which there is not a single moment in which we are careless about the rules.”