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September 14, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Twitter (JulieChen)

Twitter (JulieChen)

 

Yesterday, television personality Julie Chen raised some eyes (God, I love puns) when she revealed her dark secret on The Talk: in order to get the news jobs she wanted, she got double eyelid surgery.

It’s a dilemma that a lot of Asian Americans face when it comes to hooking television jobs. How can one relate to their community when they look nothing like their white counterparts? It was something her boss at the time had brought up to her.

“On top of that because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes,” Julie recalls her boss saying, “I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, when you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy, they are so small.”

Of course, this was way back when television clarity wasn’t all that great and double eyelid tape wasn’t invented yet. Despite this, it’s the “grown-up racism” that Chen spoke of. My Asian friends, we’re no strangers to the racisms we faced during childhood – especially when we’re in a community with a majority of other minorities. We’ve sat in the bus, staring at other people, stretching their eyes out as they humiliate us. We’re not strangers to the “ching chong, ling long, ting tongs” calls from across the street. I remember the shock I felt when people were bashing on me for not being good at math. Here I thought I was breaking the stereotype.

The Talk / CBS

The Talk / CBS

 

But in the journalism world where news impact takes a backseat to relativity, how shocked was America to hear that the most sought-after agent told Chen to go to a renowned plastic surgeon for double eyelid surgery? “You’re good at what you do,” the agent told her. “But if you get this plastic surgery done, you’re going to sky rocket to the top.”

And his tarot cards read true. The ball was rolling for Chen’s career.

What is striking is what followed after her surgery. Chen talked about how she felt like she was “giving in to the man,” or easily assimilating to ‘white America.’ But while she altered a part of what makes her generally an Asian, that doesn’t mean she’s dropped her Chinese culture all together.

I find that in pursuit of one’s dreams, sometimes it’s within one’s capacity to have to break a few deep-seeded morals. Television is littered with actors sleeping with top execs, and tabloids are filled with all the new plastic surgery rumors.  From a distance, it’s easy to bash these people for selling out, but when it all comes down to a decision, put yourself in their shoes. If you had to change something about yourself – even as little as changing the color of your hair – would you do it? Would you do it to save your career?

Some people call it selling out, but I call it cashing in.

It seems horribly wrong, but who are we to judge? We can’t micro-observe the few who undergo some type of surgery in order to fit in with the mold. But what we can do is observe the industry itself and find out why agents think it’s important that Asians – or just about any other minority – look a certain way.

We’ve all seen the backlash against Americans getting roles for typically Asian characters. We’ve also noticed that when Asians are cast, they need to play into stereotypes. They’re smart, have an accent, know some sort of karate, and in Steven Yeun’s Walking Dead case, in which his character’s ethnicity is guessed and thrown all over the place by his white American friends.

Let’s not pin-point the few and let’s step back and take a look at the whole picture. America is diverse… does ethnic image really matter, especially in the journalism world?

Nonetheless, we should applaud Julie Chen for coming out with her secret. It just pieces together another part of the business industry and show how it this industry treats minorities.

What do you think of Julie Chen’s double eyelid story?

April 19, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
Twitter (@xGirlOnFire__)

Twitter (@xGirlOnFire__)

 

Photoshop has taken our society into its lair. It seems as though it is impossible to look at any image, whether it be a magazine advertisement or a billboard, without seeing evidence of the work of Photoshop. Photoshop retouches images of women with wrinkles, sunspots, and can you believe it, even blemishes, and transforms them into a flawless, unrecognizable, unnatural humans. more…

April 16, 2013  | by: Emilie Moran
Twitter (HuffingtonPost)

Twitter (HuffingtonPost)

 

I have never been a fan of the look that consists of a person wearing their pants down to their knees. In fact, I don’t really know anybody that is a fan of the baggy pants look. However, the state of Louisiana has gone as far as actually banning this kind of dressing in public. The law was passed this week and it has been declared that offenders will be fined $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $100 plus 16 hours of community service for the third offense. more…

April 12, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
Twitter (British Vogue)

Twitter (British Vogue)

 

When flipping through a high fashion magazine or pursuing through pictures of a recent international fashion show located in one of the trendiest capitals of the globe, every woman finds themselves wishing they could be one of those models from the shoot. Women are awed by the long, lean model legs, the “perfect” bodies, and obviously the fact that these models are draped in the world’s most exotic and posh clothing.

The life of a runway model is glamorous right? After all they get to work with the top fashion designers in the world and are named beautiful enough to sell the most luxurious apparel. Wrong.

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April 01, 2013  | by: Rebecca Giampolo
Twitter (@Time)

Twitter (@Time)

 

In comparison to the striking black and white photos displayed on the cover of the April 8th issue of TIME Magazine, that little red avatar suddenly draws less attention to the daring cover than usual. Written by David Von Drehle, the cover story supports the inevitability of marriage equality. According to Drehle, recent polls suggest the efforts of the younger generation have already turned the tide in favor of gay marriage. more…

March 07, 2013  | by: Victoria Garcia
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Flickr (Sweet Flower JB (:)

 

You probably never thought that you would associate Miley Cyrus with the word “rebel”. But times have changed and that’s exactly what the former Hannah Montana star is.

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February 13, 2013  | by: Rebecca Giampolo
Flickr (Pipe )

Flickr (Pipe )

 

After the tragedy at Rutgers University in early 2010, I hoped online bullying would subside. Barely a month into his first semester in college, freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Unbearably tormented by his roommate, Clementi’s transition from high school to college was not as smooth as most. The final straw was an explicit video Clementi’s roommate filmed without his permission and unlawfully uploaded to the Internet. more…

February 06, 2013  | by: Natalia Weiner

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Kids learn from an early age that nothing in life is free. Life is an investment. But this doesn’t crack the windows of sheltered childhood realities until we are being shipped off via U-Hauls to college; the first time many students have been away from their parents for an extended period of time. more…

January 31, 2013  | by: Taja Whitted
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Flickr(Nicole Lenzen)

 

Like a bad game of dodge ball, some designers will sit New York fashion week out reports Christina Binkley of the Wall street Journal. Fashion Week, a staple in New York’s history from it’s early beginnings at Bryant Park and now the more space efficient Lincoln Center, is where a designer makes their mark, or is it? more…

January 30, 2013  | by: Kasey Kilinski
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Flickr (gloriablain2012)

 

Plastic surgery has always been a mystery to me. Why do people do it? Maybe some botox during a mid-life crisis wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but total body reconstruction seems so unnecessary, especially to young, beautiful people who allow peer pressure to get to them. more…