Oh, Internets … In a folly of events I will just label as “poor taste”, the One Dream, One Face of the Miss Daegu, beauty pageant should thank the questionable photoshopping and styling skills of the shows creators for having the rest of the world believed all contestants shared the same face. In fact, sans styling and make-up, the girls look quite distinctive from one another. More photos via Kotaku So, what have we learned [...] Continue »
Photo: via Reddit When I first saw the candidates of Miss Korea 2013, I had no idea they were beauty pageant contestants and just remarked how even I, as an Asian female had trouble telling them apart. The beauty pageant held in Daegu City marketed with the slogan, “One Dream, One Face” had netizens worried judging would be too difficult due to their striking similarities. Clearly many of them had work done and since it [...] Continue »
A note from Thick Dumpling Skin’s co-founder, Lisa Lee: Almost a year ago, Retrofit Republic’s Community Heroes Lookbook landed on my radar. I drooled over this lookbook at my desk, and almost died of happiness that they used real people in their fashion spreads. No wait, I take that back. I loved that they not only used real people in their fashion spreads, they wholeheartedly incorporated them and allowed fashion to ride on the wave [...] Continue »
A non-Asian ex-girlfriend once told me that my skin was really soft. Not just kinda soft but REALLY soft. Baby butt soft. She asked if I did “anything” to my skin. I told her no. At first, she didn’t believe me but she eventually chalked it up to me being “Asian.” At the time I wasn’t sure how I should take that statement. Was it racist? Should I have been offended? I have to be [...] Continue »
When I read the article about Chinese foot-binding in the Los Angeles Times, I really found it highlighted the complexity of the practice of foot-binding. On the one hand it was a painful, dangerous, demeaning, and debilitating practice that women were coerced to engage in. On the other hand, it’s a historical tradition, an expression of conceptions of beauty from a certain human time and place, and a wealth of treasured shared experiences cherished by [...] Continue »
Sulwhasoo invited 8Asians to partake in the Niemen Marcus Launch Party to celebrate the long-anticipated arrival of this amazing Korean cosmetics line here on the west coast. Fashion journalists and bloggers were invited to the Asian Art Museum to meet with the line’s key representatives. Sulwhasoo has been at Bergdorf Goodman in New York for the past year, but Amore Pacific, the parent company that owns Sulwhasoo, just made its debut in San Francisco and [...] Continue »
By Hua Jing Li Zadie Smith in her book On Beauty compares beauty to be akin to art a western myth in which we console ourselves and make ourselves. So what defines a person to be beautiful? Many times, beauty is spoken to be in the eye of the beholder. Yet, often in society there is one main dominant ideal of beauty.
Rima Fakih, you are a complex woman: On one hand, you were the first Muslim and Arab American Miss USA. On the other hand, you dressed up as a sexy Halloween version of the eagle from the back of a dollar bill for your Miss Universe costume competition. It takes a strong woman to both break racial barriers and dress up as the sexy version of, well, things you have in your wallet. And now, [...] Continue »
I like big butts and I can not lie You other brothers can’t deny – SIR MIX-A-LOT, “Baby Got Back” Every time I hear those lyrics, I cringe. Why? Because I admit that I have a flat butt. Please, no jokes. I’m a little sensitive about it. Once I asked an ex-girlfriend if she thought I had a nice ass and she said I had a wonderful personality. I should have known then that the [...] Continue »
Oh, New York Times. Where would we be without your hard hitting and insightful reporting on Asian culture? According to this article from a couple weeks back, crooked teeth, or yaeba, is the hot new trend among women in Japan. Japanese men are said to find this attractive: blogs are devoted to yaeba, celebrities display it proudly, and now some women are paying dentists to create it artificially by affixing plastic fronts to their real [...] Continue »
File this under “new to me” as well as “dude is Asian so we’re totally allowed to blog about this:” A man in the Philippines is reported to have multiple cosmetic surgeries to look like Superman. Note that if you’re looking for specifics, we’re talking about 1980′s “Christopher Reeves before he fell off a horse” Superman with the square jaw and the white man jeri curl, rather than the more approachable “at least you’re a [...] Continue »
http://youtu.be/5aSBsWwJ50E Per Gizmodo, women in Thailand can skip the plastic surgery and instead, get the breast size and liposuction that they’ve always dreamed of by getting the crap beaten out of them. Some say that beauty is pain but I never imagined this would be translated literally.