The classical fairytale of a radiant beauty and her Prince Charming became the reality for Nam Eun Hye, whose gorgeous appearance and charisma had captivated the heart and the eyes of rising real estate mogul, Song Young Seok. On their wedding day, Eun Hye was the twenty-two-year-old heiress to her parents' cosmetics company and the primary face of its campaigns, and she had worn a bridal gown that was designed by Vera Wang herself. Young Seok was the thirty-year-old self-made billionaire and the second wealthiest man in Korea, and he had paid all $80 million worth of the wedding ceremony, although his bride's parents compensated with piles of gifts and heirlooms.
Two and a half years later, Eun Hye gave birth to her beloved daughter, whose beauty rivaled her own. The proud parents named her Da Hye, meaning 'grace,' and cherished the precious princess with all of their love. Eun Hye dressed her up in all of the prettiest outfits and developed her daughter's perfect style. Da Hye learned how to properly apply blush to her cheeks and gloss to her lips before she'd finished her multiplication tables. She and her father had been born in Quebec City, Quebec, and even though their daughter had only lived there for two and a half years, their Canadian citizenship had granted her enrollment rights to the international schools. All of Da Hye's pre-university educational years took place at Seoul International School, where she learned English and became bilingual quickly. She rose as one of the most prized students in the school, excelling in the liberal arts and even showing potential in the musical arts. Her silky vocals were treasured by the theatre and choral departments, who each desired to add her pretty face and voice to their collection of spectacular performers.
During elementary school, Da Hye met two of her best friends. Ahn Bomi was a gorgeous girl whose mother was of Korean heritage but born in Luxembourg, as was Bomi herself. She spoke fluent French, Korean, Luxembourgish, and English by the time she had moved to Seoul at the age of eight, and she aspired to become a jewelry designer, like her mother. Justin Bae was a Florida-born Korean boy who danced circles around anybody who challenged him to a freestyle bust-a-move contest. His parents were executive board members of an internationally acclaimed entertainment company, and his fabulously wealthy parents sipped champagne and rubbed shoulders with Da Hye's routinely. Like Bomi, Justin already spoke fluent English by the time he had arrived in Seoul, and he would help Da Hye with her English while she helped him with his Korean. The three best friends were all in the same grade, and watched each other grow in many ways that they wouldn't have ever imagined.
When Da Hye was twelve, her parents arranged the sophisticated proposal to betroth their princess to Justin, the son of the other second-wealthiest man who, with his wife, was eager to join forces with Eun Hye and Young Seok to outsource Korea's richest man. Justin and Da Hye were both surprisingly fine with the idea of marrying each other once they were of proper age, which would have been twenty-two after they graduated from university. When they were seventeen, Justin and his mother went to the jewelry boutique to select the perfect engagement ring for Da Hye.
Then, that evening, he led his bride-to-be to the Luxembourg Garden of Paris, France; Da Hye was dressed in her finest purple silks and sapphires, her hair styled and her makeup applied precisely and prettily. The skirt of her dress billowed by the spring breeze, and it was the most beautiful she had ever appeared. Justin looked charming in his white collared and buttoned shirt, khaki slacks, and sky blue necktie. He kneeled before Da Hye, recited his romantic promises, and then revealed the stunning diamond engagement ring to her with a flourish. She responded with the most beautiful word in the English language, and Nam Eun Hye's fairytale entered its sequel through her daughter.
After their high school graduation, the three best friends parted ways but promised to remain in touch regularly. Bomi, in pursuit of her dream to become a jewelry designer, entered an arts program in London. There, she would enroll in her postsecondary education as well as participate in a private apprenticeship. Da Hye would be flying to California to enroll in Pepperdine University's Literature and Pre-Law programs, and Justin would be off to New York University to maintain his passion for dance. However, prior to leaving for California, Da Hye, by her mother's recommendation, underwent cosmetic surgery and a rhinoplasty that slimmed the width of her nasal bridge. Eun Hye told her how much prettier she had become, despite Da Hye believing she had already been beautiful before the procedure.
After two years at Pepperdine University, Da Hye, once again, received a rhinoplasty procedure, this time to obtain the coveted ski-slope nose that had become so popular among contemporary Korean idol beauties. Also after the two-year period, she transferred to New York University to be reunited with Justin. However, on their second date in New York, Da Hye sensed that she was no longer seeing the passionate and youthful boy with whom she had fallen in love. This man was different, and he confessed that he'd become deeply in love with another woman, somebody who showed Justin how it felt to truly love a lady without his parents mandating whom to marry and with whom to be seen publicly. After shedding heartbroken tears for months, Da Hye had forgiven Justin, but she could not trust him again. After graduation, she returned to Seoul, leaving Justin behind to marry his new fiancée, whose wedding invitation Da Hye had politely refused.
For four years, Da Hye has been living in her loft at Haeundae Tower, and for the first two years, Bomi lived with her. The two girls had been the best of friends for nearly twenty years and they continued to be presently. However, Bomi's jewelry design projects became an international success overnight and her constant travels compelled her to formally withdraw from the residence. Now, Da Hye lives alone and attends law school at Pusan National University. Upon refusing her parents fiscal assistance as show of independence, Da Hye does not live in a penthouse as her mother desired but in a loft. In an effort to prove to her parents that she does not need their money or their prestige in order to be successful, she has been setting out to create a fairytale of her own.