Julie Chen got plastic surgery when she was around 25. But it wasn’t your typical plastic surgery (read: not boobs). It was to “fix” her “Asian eyes.” And she felt like she had no choice but to undergo the procedure. Here’s what she had to say about it, on The Talk (via Daily News):
[My boss at the time] said, ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.’ [And my agent] said, ‘I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.’
Good lord. Wow. This is stuff I’ve never had to think about. That’s terrible. And racism against Asian-americans is still alive and well, as Chen got to see firsthand while hosting the deplorable Big Brother. That Aaryn had simply delightful things to say about Asians.
Chen got the surgery (as shown in the above before/after photo she brought to the show). She mused,
After I had it done, the ball did roll for me. And I wondered, ‘Did I give in to the man?
She goes on to say that she has no regrets.
One question Julie: what’s the reason for the obvious nose job you’re not talking about? Just wondering.