Written by Melanie Burton, May 16, 2016

Dami Im is an Aussie singing sensation, who – after representing Australia – narrowly missed out on winning the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend, coming second to Ukrainian singer Jamala. BTW, Dami so deserved to win!

But not winning first prize is the least of Dami’s worries, after the Korean-born singer has revealed something much more upsetting – the difficult challenges she faces when trying to find skincare products to suit her Asian complexion.

Appearing in the new L’Oreal Paris True Match foundation campaign, Dami explains that makeup artists often try to make her skin “look darker” when she is in Australia, and then “white and pale” when she’s in Korea.

“My whole family is from Korea so I’m 100 per cent Korean unless there’s some secrets,” Dami says in the promotional video.

“In Australia, when they do my makeup, they try and make me look much darker than I actually am but in Korea they make me look white and pale.”

“Why can’t they just make me look like myself?, True Match matches my skin tone so I can just be myself, be proud of my heritage and when I’m performing on stage, I can just feel like I am who I am.” Good on you Dami!

Dami in the L’oreal video

Dami was only nine years old when she came to Australia to start a new life from South Korea with her mum and brother. Her amazing voice saw her win The X Factor Australia in 2013, before coming second in the Eurovision contest over the weekend – doing us Aussies proud!

We love you Dami, just the way you are!


Dami with her “white and pale” makeup, compared to her “darker” makeup in Aus.

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