Julie Chen recently dropped a bombshell on The Talk when she revealed she was pressured into having plastic surgery after her agent told her she needed to look less "Chinese."
Well the TV personality has received quite a bit of backlash since the shocking announcement, particularly from her fellow Asian-Americans who have been accusing her of denying her heritage!
Julie responded to the criticism and says although she had work done to her eyes, she was never attempting to hide her "Chinese" background:
"I wasn't surprised that there would be haters judging me for what I did. What was hurtful was that the hateful comments that I read where people were judging me were people within my own community.It was comments like, 'Way to give in to the Western standards of beauty.' 'You're denying your heritage. You're trying to look less Asian.' Guess what? I don't look less Chinese! I'm not fooling anybody here."
Ha! You tell 'em, girl!!
In a separate interview, Julie explained that the real motivation behind the surgery was to help her look more expressive and alert by making her eyes appear bigger:
"The goal was to simply have bigger eyes so the camera didn't make me look sleepy, bored, angry or disinterested in my interviews. The goal was to look, in my opinion, more alert and more interested on camera for my work/career."
It's disappointing to hear that Julie felt pressured to get plastic surgery just to keep her job, especially because she looked fine the way she was!
But it's even worse to hear that people are judging her for a move the ultimately helped save her career!
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