Newcomer Lana Candor will Play Jubilee in ‘X-Men Apocalypse’

Yesterday, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer posted a picture of actress Lana Candor on Instagram to announce she will play the character Jubilee in the upcoming film. In the X-Men comics, Jubilee is a teenage mutant who attacks enemies using “explosive plasmoids” from her hand. She is most recognizable for her trademark yellow raincoat and goggles.

Not much info can be found on this young actress since Jubilee will be her first role. Despite this, we are beyond happy to see more Asians in major comic book films and we can only hope that Lana Candor will have a big part as Jubilee in this upcoming film. After all, Chinese superstar Fan BingBing, who played the character Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, had a rough estimate of two lines and five minutes of screentime in the overstuffed film.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for Lana and for the possibility of more Asian American actors on screen soon. Lately, there have been an increase of Asian American comic book characters such as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel, Silk and a few others. Since most of the blockbusters seem to be comic book adaptations nowadays, let’s hope the casting of Jubilee is part of an increasing trend!

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Can Women Really Have It All? It Depends On Whom You Ask

 

It used to be that “having it all” meant you could bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. And read to your kids. And engage with your partner. And get in an hour of yoga. But as more women are starting to realize, maybe the question isn’t “Do you have it all?” but rather “Do you love all that you have?”

 

 

Story by Teena Apeles

 

Last year at the Aspen Ideas Festival, when David Bradley, who owns The Atlantic, asked PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi if she thinks women can have it all, the married mother of two told the audience, “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all.”

Her answer stirred a lot of dialogue around the subject, as recent generations have been saying that American women can indeed have it all. But when seemingly more liberal companies like Apple and Facebook are offering such benefits as elective egg freezing for female employees, these gestures seem to be signaling the same thing that Nooyi expressed: You can’t have it all. For one, you may have to wait to have a family in order to have a career, or at least that’s what many of the women in these organizations may be feeling.

It’s true, ladies, you have to make hard choices — choices that your male counterparts generally don’t have to make.

Even President Obama touched upon these points in his January State of the Union: “Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. … And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.” And here’s another painful reminder from our Commander-in-Chief: “Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work.”

Welcome to America, where it can feel like so many forces are against you when it comes to being — or considering becoming — a working mother. In Canada, working mothers are guaranteed one-year maternity leave. Imagine that.

Granted, Nooyi, who is of South Asian descent, runs a billion-dollar company with thousands of employees — that’s a whole other breed of busy — but many career-driven women and mothers often talk about being pulled in many different directions. Because let’s remember that having a family doesn’t just mean being a mother, which Nooyi’s own mother told her and whose words Nooyi recounted to the Aspen audience: “Let me explain something to you. You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you’re the wife, you’re the daughter, you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother. You’re all of that. Nobody else can take that place.”

I understand this well. It’s actually 12:30 a.m. as I write this. My 2-year-old has finally fallen back asleep (my husband went to bed two hours earlier), I did the dishes, put toys away, paid some bills, did 100 crunches, fed the animals, folded the laundry; and earlier in the day, I walked the dog with my daughter, got her bathed (but not myself!), took her to her classmate’s birthday party, had my parents over and much more. And now, I’m working. This is what I call Saturday. Thousands of other women, including Nooyi, probably did even more — and maybe even got in a shower and blow-dry.

Is this what I consider having it all? Or pretending to have it all, as Nooyi put it? That’s not what I’d call it. I’d call it having it all … to do.

 

SUCCESS DEFINED

When you hear the phrase “having it all,” what comes to your mind? Is it having a career, a life partner and a family? Hell, tons of people have those. But let’s add a few words and see how that changes things: a successful career, a supportive life partner and a loving family. But defining what successful, supportive and loving are is very subjective, as is defining “having it all.”

 

“I think that at the end of the day, everyone has his or her own definition of what it means ‘to have it all,’” says award-winning and bestselling paranormal romance/urban fantasy author Marjorie Liu, speaking by phone from New York. “For some people, that means being a mother and having a career, having the perfect home, the perfect husband or partner. But I happen to believe in the beauty and power of imperfection and not always getting everything you want — staying a little hungry, growing and learning; and, most importantly, being humble and grateful for what you do have.”

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Another New Yorker, Christina Seid, owner of the popular Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, believes “you can have it all … at different times.” And while Seid doesn’t run a big operation like PepsiCo, her daily schedule could probably compete with Nooyi’s. (She actually spoke to me by phone at 11 p.m. her time, because that was the only time she had free.) A former board member of the organization Asian Women In Business, the Chinese American is very committed to various causes — she’s been known to serve on 10 committees or boards at a time — in addition to running her own business. She is also the author of the bilingual children’s book Saturdays in Chinatown, has a small consulting firm, occasionally teaches at the Metropolitan College of New York, plus is a wife (she met her husband when she served as a board member on the American Cancer Society), a daughter (her dad originally founded the ice cream business), a sister and a mother to a 2-year-old. Oh, yes, and she often manages to get to the gym for an hour a day and will soon be serving as a judge on the popular Food Network show Chopped. Phew. If there’s ever been a woman who can do it all, Seid is it.

“There are times, when my business is slow, when I get to spend more time with my family,” she explains. “There are times when I’m on vacation when I have more down time, but I don’t think you ever have it all on one day at one time.” Seid goes on to add that while she does spend a lot of time with her family, maybe she’ll miss what many would consider big moments: her daughter’s exact birthday or celebrating a major holiday together on the exact day, which her family has adapted to. “I think when you have a business or you’re a career woman, you have to be very flexible, and your family has to be very flexible.”

 

Meanwhile, Daria Yudacufski, cofounder of feminist magazine Make/shift and executive director of the University of Southern California’s arts and humanities initiative Visions and Voices, questions the notion of “all” that society has put forth. “This concept of ‘having it all’ is just kind of weird and problematic. It just depends on so many factors, who we are, which we can’t really define, and what people want,” says the biracial Japanese American. “I think that the way it is being defined is having a successful career and family, and that is not for everybody,” she says. (I should note that her 5-year-old daughter and mine, who both have school holidays on the day of our meeting, periodically interrupt us. This is called juggling — or perhaps enjoying it all at once?)

“I think that there are people who can very easily choose to not have a family and have a successful career and have it all,” she adds. “Or they can have a family and not have a job and also have it all. And there are also class and privilege issues with all of that, too. I think that if you are a working single mother, you are dealing with a whole other set of issues.”

But if you ask Yudacufski simply if she’s happy, her answer is simple. “I am really happy where I am at. I feel incredibly lucky that I have a job that I really like, and I have this amazing daughter. And I am still able to publish this magazine that is so important to me.” That says a lot from this working mother, who is also a breast cancer survivor. (She had a double mastectomy two years ago.)

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As for Liu, her answer is also simple, albeit different. “Yes, I do have it all,” says the biracial Chinese American, who, in addition to penning more than 17 novels, teaches writing at MIT, writes comic books and makes appearances all over the world; and whose partner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz, very much understands the demands of a writer’s life. “But having it all doesn’t mean being content to just be in my place. Having it all means being content with where I am, but also thinking what is going to happen next. Success in my mind implies that the game is over, that there’s nothing left to dream about or accomplish.”

 

STRIKING A BALANCE

What I found really interesting about these women is that the words “sacrifice” and “compromise” never came up. They all seemed to own their, at times, difficult choices without lamenting them. Though Seid does share she’s “actually taking more time to be a mother,” overall, she feels great about her relationship with her daughter. “We have very full days together, so I have no guilt about not spending enough time with her,” she says. And Seid truly loves working. “If I don’t have my job, and I don’t put energy into my career, I can’t give my daughter the things that she wants, so it’s hand-in-hand in a way.”

Likewise, Yudacufski doesn’t necessarily have to juggle motherhood and two jobs — she had been planning to just work on the magazine before the USC opportunity presented itself — but her well-being depends on it, she says. “I think that the work that I do with my daughter, just being there as a parent, is so critical, but really I need all of those things [running the feminist magazine and directing the USC arts program] to have my own happiness.”

After a whirlwind writing period of eight years, Liu, on the other hand, who used to call a 14-hour workday the norm, realized that she wanted more than her work. “I did an excellent job of being alone, all in the name of work — but I woke up one day and realized that if I wasn’t careful, another eight years would pass, and I still wouldn’t see my friends at all, except for once or twice a year. I wouldn’t have a family of my own, unless it was a family of five cats and a bunch of little dogs. Which isn’t so bad, but also not what I wanted for myself.”

 

THE ROAD AHEAD

So what to think? Are these women the exceptions? Are they just “pretending” to have it all? If I talked to these women again five months or five years from now, would their answers be different? Perhaps. If you asked me if I had it all a year ago, I would have a different answer than I do today, though I believe that I can have my “all” again and again.

Perhaps it’s time to redefine what “having it all” means. It’s not about having the career and the partner and the children and the fill-in-the-blank, and managing each and every one of them perfectly. It’s about how you feel about what you do have.

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Yudacufski’s advice for women just starting to cope with these issues is what we’ve heard before, so simple yet seemingly so unattainable: “Do what you love. Do what makes you happy. Not what makes you more or less money, or what everyone else tells you that you are supposed to be doing.” And specifically addressing Asian American women, she says, “It is not about getting the job that your parents want you to have, but it is about following your heart and figuring out your passion.” (Honestly, for me, since becoming a mother, I’ve forgotten just what that is, but I’m up for the challenge.)

“It’s a balancing act,” says the ever-striving Liu. “Staying grounded and satisfied, while also looking forward — dwelling in possibility.” Her words of wisdom? “I think the key to making it all work is gratitude. If you appreciate what you have, that creates a healthy space for growth and exploration.”

Think on that, and perhaps you’ll find yourself having it all, and so much more.

 

This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here.

 

Documentary Explores the Effects of YouTube on the Asian American Community

 

When it comes to those lazy days off, I find myself falling into that YouTube spiral. I end up spending countless hours watching anything from Christine Gambito‘s latest vlog to the newest Mike Song choreography. What I find most compelling about the creators of these YouTube videos is that they are people who I can simply relate to. They are people who eat, breathe and sleep just like everyone else. They possess passion for their endeavors and most importantly, they understand what it means to be Asian American.

The feature length documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement not only explores the life of familiar Asian American YouTubers, it also addresses the social influence their videos have on viewers.

When YouTube first started in 2005, no one could’ve anticipated the massive growth it acquired. Also, what no one could foresee was the underlying Asian American movement that came with the influx of Asian American content creators. No longer were we represented as one-dimensional characters like “Long Duk Dong” or foreign martial arts masters. Without a doubt, the creators who take command of their own content and put themselves out there for the public consumption are fearless. In return, the experience and personal expression of Asian American YouTubers have inspired younger generations to be even more outspoken. Those 5+ minute videos have helped shape and form a collective identity amongst Asian Americans.

From MTV picking up Better Luck Tomorrow to the creation of Kollaboration, we see that the internet has played a huge factor in the progression of Asian Americans in the media. Now, Asian Americans all over can connect with each other and expand their communities beyond limits. Essentially, we are carving out a space (and cyber space) to call our own.

You can learn more about Perry Shen, Mike Song, Paul “PK” Kim, KevJumba, Happy Slip and other YouTube artists’ personal experiences and growth by watching the feature length documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement here.

Want to see Mike Song live? Check him out at Audrey Fashion Show 2015 this weekend!

 

Featured image courtesy of 8asians.com.

 

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Seoul Fashion Week’s Metallic Fall Trend

 
This is for all those who love everything that sparkles and shines when the light hits just right.  Several SFW designers showcased work with glistening textures and metallic silvers and grays to make fall’s stormy palette pop, each with their own distinctive taste set to appeal to their target audience.

GREEDILOUS, Yohanix and 1SUPERCOMMA B took on the urban wear side and gave us punchy quotes and hashtags along with some serious in-your-face glare.  For the more modern and contemporary, How And What and NOHKE continued with favored boxy fits, but dressed up to glow.  We also shared a couple inspirations for an evening out with Tiger  In The Rain and LE QUEEN Couture.

Keep scrolling to check out the looks below and stay tuned as we continue to cover more Seoul Fashion Week excitement!

 


 

1. Urban Styles

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2. Contemporary Cuts

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3. For An Evening Out

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Tiger In The Rain, Image Courtesy Of SeoulFashionWeek.org

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The Filharmonic Show Off Their Talent in ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

The six young men in The Filharmonic, an all-Filipino American a cappella group, are adorable. That is, if you’re into well-dressed, charming and funny guys who also happen to have great vocal talent. Excuse my gushing, but after meeting The Filharmonic — vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor and Barry Fortgang; vocal bass Jules Cruz; and beatboxer Niko Del Rey — you can count me as a “Filharmaniac,” the affectionate moniker assigned to the group’s legions of enthusiastic fans.

The Filharmonic boys came together in 2013 to compete in season four of NBC’s musical competition The Sing-Off. Week after week, they wowed judges Ben Folds, Jewel and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) with their infectiously fun arrangements, which infused hip-hop beats, bright pop inflections and soulful vocals that invoked a classic ’90s R&B sound. The Filharmonic thrilled with renditions of “This Is How We Do It” (Montell Jordan), “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) and others; they made it all the way to the semi-finals, finishing in fourth place.

“We practiced so much,” says Caigoy, 26, the powerhouse singer of the sextet. “Thirteen hours a day.”

“We lived in that hotel for two months,” adds Cruz, 23. “It was so stressful being on a reality show, non-stop singing, your voice is dying.”

Del Rey, 24, quips, “My dad says we lost so much weight, from the first episode to the last.”

I ask if they felt disappointed by the elimination, and there is a brief silence. Then, Cruz, the de facto leader of the group, says, “It was the biggest relief.” The guys start to laugh, and everyone chimes in with stories about what happened the next day: They slept in, treated themselves to massages and just relaxed by the hotel pool.

“No rehearsal, no nothing,” says Cruz with a smile. “It was the first time we could leave on our own. It was great!”

In 2014, The Filharmonic traveled across the country as part of the Sing-Off tour. “We love performing,” says Caigoy. “The lights, the audience cheering. It’s surreal, crazy, fun. We feed off of that great energy.” In every city, they were greeted by rabid Filharmaniacs, who waved elaborately decorated posters and brought gifts for the boys. Caigoy recalls a meet-and-greet where one fan walked up to the table and spontaneously began to cry. “I’d never experienced anything like that. I was like, why are you crying? It’s only me,” he says, chuckling.

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On the day of the interview, the guys inadvertently dress in theme: Everyone wears shades of navy blue, rusty red and black. They’re effortlessly stylish, in a variety of V-neck tees, button-down shirts, Vans and baseball hats turned backwards. Rosales, 27, in a pair of Malcolm X glasses, is the only one with his shirt tucked.

Before The Sing-Off and the birth of The Filharmonic, Rosales was a solo artist and, at one time, a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. He describes the experience as “rough.” The scheme of the reality competition involves a blind audition for four celebrity judges with their backs turned; if the singer impresses, the judges may choose to swing their chairs to face the stage. For Rosales, however, not a single chair turned.

“I learned a lot about the industry and about myself as an artist,” Rosales says. “In the end, I learned I can’t do things alone. Things went downhill for me after The Voice, but when I joined The Filharmonic for The Sing-Off, everything brightened up. I enjoyed the process of singing again.”

For Fortgang, 22, the youngest of the group — and the quietest — Rosales is an inspiration. “VJ is very classy. He’s good at everything musical — great pianist, great singer.”

As the songwriter for The Filharmonic, Rosales is working to create original music for an upcoming album, which will also include covers of popular hits. With their first album slated to drop in April, 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for the group. In addition to live performances, giving master classes at high schools and colleges across the nation, and recording YouTube videos of their creatively arranged covers like “All of Me” by John Legend and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Videos are fun because we get to play make-believe,” says Rosales), on May 15, The Filharmonic makes their big screen debut in Pitch Perfect 2.

I ask if they’d seen the first Pitch Perfect, the 2012 hit starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, and Caigoy answers, stifling a laugh, “Oh yeah. Like … a lot.”

Cruz recalls a night at the hotel, during the taping of The Sing-Off, when the guys decided to order a pizza and watch the first Pitch Perfect together. The musical comedy features Kendrick as a member of The Bellas, a college a cappella group, and follows their misadventures and triumphs on the road to the national a cappella competition.

“And now we’re in it!” Caigoy cries with glee.

The sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, brings the fictional Bellas to the world a cappella championships. The Filharmonic boys play a competing group, representing the Philippines.

In case it’s not obvious, The Filharmonic’s band name is meant as a shout-out to their Filipino American cultural heritage. “We wanted to personify the Filipino vibe,” explains Del Rey. “We went to Mel’s Diner and threw out names. Jules came up with Manila Ice.” A round of laughter ensues, and they shuffle through other rejected band names: Fresh Off the Note, Filosophy, Filanthropy.

“Every Filipino family sings,” says Gaynor, 23. “There’s always karaoke at every Filipino event. There’s a ton of talent in the community, but it’s not reflected in pop culture today. We’re helping to show that Filipino talent.”

 

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Though it’s hard work being in the band, the guys clearly enjoy each other’s company. They crack jokes and tease each other with an easy camaraderie.

“We see each other five, six days out of the week,” says Del Rey. “Mostly rehearsals, but at least one day we’ll get lunch and just hang.”

“It’s such a passion,” says Rosales. “Sometimes it does take away from having a social life, but I enjoy it. I’m such a workaholic.”

While the group sometimes disagrees on creative choices, the guys don’t shy away from it. “When we don’t have disagreements, the arrangement turns out kind of flat, because we didn’t have a ton of good ideas,” explains Gaynor.

Caigoy says, “It’s not ever like the group’s going to break up. Sometimes we disagree on who should sing which part and how high.” He tells a story about being assigned to sing a part in the upper register. “Super high, and I was like, I’m not going to sing that. That was my diva moment,” he says, laughing.

“But whatever we argue about in practice, afterwards we’re fine,” adds Del Rey. “We go get lunch.”

Hear their music, get tour dates and more at TheFilharmonic.com. Want to see The Filharmonic live? Check them out at the Audrey Fashion Show 2015!

 

Story Jean Ho
Photo Ben Miller
Stylist Franzy Staedter 
Grooming Cat White 

 

This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here.

Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2015 Kicks Off With Menswear

This past winter’s street style was a good predictor of outerwear expectations for fall 2015, and opening day of Seoul Fashion Week had plenty of coats and jackets to inspire men for later this year.

Keep reading for a quick break down for Day One of the week long event.

Wintry, dark hues were favored, but Beyond Closet gave us a splash of light, camel hues and colorful motifs.  We picture these designs being favored among the youthful and urban street-wear lovers.

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Looking for clean, office-worthy styles?  Check out Jehee Sheen’s collection of slim-fitting suits and effortless coats.  Styled together they are rather eye-catching, especially when worn with interesting dress shirts as Sheen’s models were outfitted for the runway.

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A.AV showcased more casual, street looks.  Layered jackets and pea coats paired with relaxed fit bottoms and tops were favored and we know we’ll see plenty of street style photos this coming winter from Seoul influenced by A.AV’s showcase.

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Remember that cape trend from last fall?  Well, Sling Stone proves it’s not just for women– men can make it work as well.  A bit more daring than most men would probably prefer, but if you’re a bold dresser or know someone that loves to attempt new styles, give the cape jacket a try!

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Meet Jenny Ton, The Co-Founder and Boss Lady of ACMIST.com

 

I first met Jenny Ton during CAAMFest, the Asian American film festival in San Francisco, where she debuted her fashion installment with Retrofit Republic at the festival gala. Her collection mixed traditional Asian garments with contemporary pieces to display a mixture of generations and an expression of Asian American identity. I was totally in love with Jenny’s styling so much that I can even remember her outfit that night: a shift dress with black and white panels, and a white collar with a bright red skinny tie. She knows what’s up.

Her work has left a big impression with me, and her passion is truly inspiring. She has gone through a number of tribulations, but has always remained true to her mission to empower women. Since I last saw her, she has now become the co-founder of an online clothing company that is appropriately called ACMIST.

 


 

Audrey Magazine: What was it like growing up? What sparked your interest in fashion? 

Jenny Ton: I grew up in a predominately immigrant and low-income community. We didn’t have very much growing up, which I believe was a catalyst of rich imagination and creativity for my family and me. From a necessity to survive, creativity and resourcefulness are byproducts of scarcity. I’ve seen some of the most creative individuals and ideas from the most underresourced people in developing countries, which is where I believe my parents’ creativity and resourcefulness stems.

My mother, born and raised in Vietnam, is incredibly resourceful. She can and will repurpose almost anything. My father, also born and raised in Vietnam, is a talented construction worker. He is a self taught architect and structural engineer, but without the formal education and fancy titles. He couldn’t afford them. He can build pretty much anything from scratch and retrofit old throwaways of any kind into something beautifully utilitarian.

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Mama Chinh & Jenny Ton. Photography by Lauren Crew for Retrofit Republic’s Immigrant Dreams Lookbook

As for me, we had no choice but to thrift shop. My mother was a stay-at-home garment worker, receiving five cents per garment she sewed. I learned my basic sewing skills from her. I was also a voracious fashion magazine reader. I would literally read every word in a magazine from cover to cover, admiring and critiquing a world that was vastly beyond the financial means of my family.

Although I couldn’t have what I saw in magazines, I had second-hand clothing with rich history and stories. I saw endless and exciting possibilities in styling and wearing these clothes but, shamefully, I also wanted to creatively conceal my poverty too. This was a time when thrifting wasn’t in fashion. It felt like everyone saw thrift clothes through an unsightly brown lens, yet I saw them through an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Via my style, I wanted to cultivate this kaleidoscope lens for others too. It wasn’t until college (when thrifting became fashionable) did I proudly share where I got my clothes. Post college, I started a vintage fashion company and styling firm called Retrofit Republic.

 

AM: Who inspired you the most?

JT: My Mom. She’s had an extremely turbulent life. I’ve thought about writing a book inspired by her life. Yet despite it all, her resilience and hero-like strength has been utterly inspiring.

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Photography by Lauren Crew for Retrofit Republic’s Immigrant Dreams Lookbook

AM: Before ACMIST, what projects did you take part in?

JT: This is a hard one. There are so many! Before ACMIST, my life was pretty much Retrofit Republic and supporting nonprofits and causes I believe in. Retrofit Republic is my heart, my passion, and it provided me with the most gratifying experiences thus far. Heartbreakingly, it has been illegally and maliciously halted. Despite the heartache, I believe when things fall apart, they are falling into place.

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Retrofit Republic’s 1st feature in SF Chronicle’s Sunday Style Section

 

AM: What is ACMIST? And how did ACMIST come about?

JT: ACMIST is an empowering online women’s clothing retailer focused on validating and cultivating your inner Boss self. ACMIST is inspired by our love for social good and fashion, the strength and celebration of womanhood, and the transformative nature of fashion on one’s inner self. We hope you’ll feel your best, like the Boss Lady that you are, in our clothes.

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Shop these looks and more at ACMIST.com. Photography by Abraham Espiritu. Design layout by Christine Joy Ferrer.

With the Retrofit Republic situation, I had no choice but to continue my passion for fashion and community into something new. During this most arduous time, the stars serendipitously aligned into the birth of ACMIST [ak-mest], co-founded with my college buddy and serial entrepreneur, Angela Suh, and extraordinary fashion maven and renaissance Boss Lady, Eileen Yu. Angela had started her own e-commerce fashion site while I had co-founded Retrofit Republic.

With the timeliness of our business transitions, an undeniable voice told us we needed to join forces. It was the ideal time to put into practice our lessons learned from our first fashion companies into a new venture with a ton of purpose and promise.

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Eileen Yu & Jenny Ton at Kearny Street Workshop x ACMIST’s Celebrate Your Body 2015. Both are wearing ACMIST

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The “How to Look More White” Makeup Tutorial for Self-Hating Asians

Joy Regullano, the comedian behind the  White Fetish viral video, is back. This most recent video parody, which is called “How To Look More White! Self-Hating Asian Party Look” pokes fun at makeup tutorial videos while packing in a serious punch about the impact of white beauty standards.

In the video, Regullano pokes fun at many controversial beauty routines such as skin bleaching and eyelid tape. For example, Regullano uses white skin perfect powder to erase her “ugly brown poop skin.” Soon enough, the tutorial takes a dark turn as she goes to extreme measures to erase any semblance of Asian-ness from her face until she essentially “becomes” a white woman.

The “makeup tutorial” is both hilarious and uncomfortable to watch. While it should be noted that there is debate over whether the lighter skin preference in Asian beauty standards is a result of Western colonialism (lighter skin has generally always been preferred because it was an indication of higher socioeconomic status), it’s undeniable that modern media generally adheres to a strict white beauty standard, which excludes and hurts any woman or man that doesn’t fit.

While this makeup tutorial is great for some quick laughs, it also leaves us with a lot to think about. Here it is the full video below:

 
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Audrey Fashion Show 2015 Venue: 440 Seaton

What in the world is 440 Seaton, you ask? On Saturday, March 28, this is where you will find some of your favorite celebrities, fashion bloggers and YouTubers. In other words, 440 Seaton is where Audrey Magazine will be hosting our 2015 Fashion Show!

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Would you believe that this beautiful space, called The Great Hall, is over one hundred years old? 440 Seaton was built in 1913 and was originally used as an indoor lumberyard and furniture manufacturing company. Now, the venue is available to be used for wedding receptions, parties, concerts, or, in our case, a fashion show! This unique,10,000 square foot space has high ceilings and its rawness is perfect for customizing your next Pinterest-inspired rustic event.

This vast, raw space is exactly why it is ideal for the Audrey 2015 Fashion Show. It is the perfect blank canvas for us to transform 440 Seaton into a trendy, fabulous runway space. You’ll feel like you stepped into a venue from Fashion Week!

Come and meet us in The Great Hall on March 28! General standing tickets are still available for purchase, but hurry, because space is limited!

See more photos and how 440 Seaton can be transformed on their website!

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Jessica + David. Photographer Mary @ Floataway Studios. Photo courtesy of http://440seaton.com/

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Stephanie + Scott. Photographer Bayly & Moore. Photo courtesy of http://440seaton.com/

All photos courtesy of 440Seaton.com. Feature image courtesy of “Jessica + David.” Photo provided by Mary @ Floataway Studios

[Video] Audrey Magazine on Kababayan Today with G Töngi

 

Hosted by Filipino American actress and model G Töngi, Kababayan Today is America’s very first and only daily talk show for and about the Filipino/ Filipino American community. Luckily for us, Audrey Magazine was recently invited on to the show so that we could talk about our content as well as our upcoming fashion show.

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Hosted by Jeannie Mai, Audrey Fashion Show 2015 will take place this Saturday at 440 Seaton in Los Angeles. There will be live performances by Run River North, Mike Song, KRNFX and the Filharmonic, as well as an exclusive after party directly following the fashion show.

There are still general standing tickets available which can be purchased here, but spots are limited so make sure you purchase your ticket asap! For more information, you can always visit the event’s official website.

Want to see more of G Töngi on Kababyan Today? You’re in luck. The show airs every weekday at 4:00pm on KSCI/LA18 in Southern California and 5:00pm on KIKU in Hawaii.

 

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