Asian women all over the world are succumbing to the pressure of double eyelid surgery. Just recently, Julie Chen – an American news reporter admitted that she did undergo surgery to look less Asian. On The Talk, she revealed that her boss said, “you will never be on this anchor desk because you’re Chinese”. She was working at ABC NewOne as a desk assistant at the time.

Her agent also made the same point: “I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.”

“If you look at the After, the eyes are bigger, I look more alert…more expressive,” says Julie. “I will say, after I had that done, the ball did roll for me. Which I struggle with, you know, wow. Did I give in to ‘the man’ and do this?”

The Talk

Shortly after the show, Julie received numerous criticism for apparently denying her heritage. She addressed this issue by saying:

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. That’s number one.

Number two: half of us Asians are born with the double-eyelid. My mother was born with it. My father has one lid that was creased, one lid that didn’t get its crease until he hit his late teens. I have one sister born with the creases, one sister born without it, so it wasn’t denying my heritage.

It’s kind of like if someone gets a nose job and gets the bump taken out, and some people say that’s an ethnic bump. Are you denying whatever your heritage is? No.

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What do you guys have to say about women undergoing such drastic changes to pursue a career? Do women still have to succumb to societal pressures? Share your thoughts!