Jimin, a 21-year-old Korean-American beauty queen, was cast in the lead role of Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming film The Shape of Water, which was directed by Ryan Coogler.
Her performance in the film, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide, has become a hot topic among Asian-Americans.
Critics have been quick to point out that Johansson’s portrayal of Scarlett is extremely thin and contorted, and that her beauty is a major plot point of the film.
While some have argued that the film has no value in Asian-American audiences, others have pointed out that Jimin does not have the same weight and size of skin that other Asian-descended actors have, making her appearance in the title role an important part of the story.
“The Shape of War” is currently playing in over 100 theaters, and is set to hit theaters in March 2019.