Beautiful Indian Bridal Wear Inspired by Disney Princesses

 

The love for Disney Princesses is at an all-time high. Earlier this month, we discovered a campaign by Disney Channel (Asia) which had Southeast Asian celebrities pose as Disney Princesses. That’s not all. We’ve seen artists re-imagine Disney Princesses as different ethnicities and even gender bend the princesses into princes.

Clearly, the Disney Princess hype is far from over. Recently, Indian bridal wear company Wellgroomed Designs found themselves inspired by Disney as well. The result? Wellgroomed created nine stunning Indian bridal looks inspired by Disney Princesses.

“In our quest to do something out of the the ordinary, we thought it be awesome to do a Disney themed bridal shoot,” Wellgroomed explained on their official blog. “After all, many brides grow up idealizing characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jasmine, etc.”

“Our idea was to showcase these characters as Indian brides,” they continued. “We knew it would be a challenge to pull this off but we’re blessed with some very talented and creative people in our industry.”

Check out the breath-taking bridal wear below and tell us your favorite!

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Inspired by Snow White.

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Inspired by Rapunzel.

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Inspired by Ariel.

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Inspired by Cinderella.

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Inspired by Pocahontas.

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Inspired by Aurora.

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Inspired by Jasmine.

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Inspired by Belle.

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Inspired by Mulan.

 

All photos courtesy of Wellgroomed Designs.
Decor: Universal Decor
Photography: Amrit Photography
Jewelry: Obsession Jewelry
Makeup: Makeup Vibez by Ranjit Heer
Hair: Powder Room Studio | Glam by Sav I Iris Chau
Locations: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey | Hycroft Manor, Vancouver
Models: Michelle Senghera, Jasmeen Johal, Carly Pinchin, Rachel Deagon, Alisha Sidhu, Shirin Sharifikhah, Iris Chau, Chanel Brar and Astra Pereira

Moon Myung Jin and Son Seung Yeon to Perform at Pechanga Resort & Casino

There are already countless reasons to drop by Pechanga Resort & Casino. Maybe you want to check out their beautiful, multimillion dollar renovation. Or maybe you want to check out some of their incredible performers such as Kenichi Ebina who wowed Pechanga audiences back in April 2014.

Well, it looks like there will be two more big reasons to visit in February: Moon Myung-jin and Son Seung Yeon.

The “R&B master” Moon Myung-jin and the rising star Son Seung Yeon will perform live together in the upcoming “Healing Concert” at Pechanga Resort & Casino on Saturday, February 28 (8pm) and Sunday, March 1 (5pm).

Moon Myung-jin, a veteran R&B and soul singer, received plenty of attention when he appeared in Immortal Song, a popular singing competition TV show, in 2013. He sang Haebaragi’s “It’s Not Only Sorrow” and immediately topped all Internet searches in Korea. He became more popular after winning the show’s 100th episode (The Deulgukhwa Special) and Sulwondo Special.

Son Seung Yeon was the winner of The Voice Korea in 2012. Since winning, she’s been garnering much attention and popularity for her powerful voice and singing talent. She joined Immortal Song in 2014 and quickly became the queen of the show.

Tickets are priced at $70 (Silver), $90 (Golden), $110 (Orchestra), $150 (VIP) and can be purchased by visiting the Pechanga Box Office from noon to 8pm or www.pechanga.com/tickets. You can also call 714-443-3500 for more inquiries.

 

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[VIDEO] American Teens Watch J-pop For the First Time

 

The Fine Bros are back again with yet another reaction video. This time, much to our delight, they had American teenagers watch J-pop music videos for the very first time.

Anyone who is familiar with J-pop knows that it’s very, very different from American entertainment. To many Americans, dancing pop groups are a thing of the past. Well the reign of N’Sync and Spice Girls may have ended with the 90’s, but this trend is far from over in Asia.

The teens watched a total of three music videos from the J-pop bands Perfume, Exile and AKB48. It came as no surprise that among the many reactions garnered from these music videos, the strongest of all was confusion. After all, in Perfume’s “Laser Beam” music video, a masked man turns into a fighting polar bear… which then turns into a stuffed animal.

Of course, confusion isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One teen, who seemed completely lost, found delight in his confusion and concluded that the video was “so awesome!” Another, who was at first shocked by the number of group member in Exile, quickly got over it and commented that the video was “kind of amazing.” Things eventually took a turn with AKB48’s music video. This video, although cute, seemed to finally cross the line and make the teens feel uncomfortable with its suggestive content.

In the end, despite the confusion and shock (especially over the fact that AKB48 has over 100 group members), the teens seemed to enjoy the quirkiness and cinematography.

But will they continue watching J-pop in the future?  Probably not.

 


 

Want to see the J-pop videos for yourself? Check them out below.

 

 

 

 

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Disney Artist Combines ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ With ‘Big Hero 6′

 

Big Hero 6‘s Baymax is easily one of the most beloved animated characters of 2014. What’s not to love about this personal healthcare provider? He’s big, huggable and has a warm heart (metaphorically speaking).

But as we list all these lovable traits, it’s a little hard not to think about another popular animated character. Sure he’s decades older, but Studio Ghibli’s Totoro certainly holds many of the same qualities found in Baymax.

Jin Kim, the Character Design Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, certainly seemed to see the correlation as well. Kim, a South Korean-native who worked on the character designs for Big Hero 6, has made it clear on his personal blog that he is a Studio Ghibli fan. He took this one step further by combining Big Hero 6 with the famed animated film My Neighbor Totoro.

Kim originally posted this image back in November, but it has recently gone viral on twitter and has delighted the hearts of many.

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Here is the original, iconic bus stop scene from My Neighbor Totoro.

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Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen artists recreate this bus stop scene. Hayao Miyazaki’s work has been so inspiring, we’ve seen this moment re-imagined with everything from Pokemon characters to Marvel characters.

 

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World’s First Latte Art Stop-Motion Video: 1000 Cups of Coffee in Two Minutes

 

You may have seen it in fancy coffee shops or on Instgram, but you’ve never seen latte art like this.

In recent years, latte art has gotten more and more popular. These days, it’s nothing new to see your favorite manga or cartoon character on a cup of joe. In fact, we’ve even seen 3D latte art made from the foam. But one thing we’ve never seen is 1000 cups of coffee art in under 2 minutes. Well now all you caffeine-lovers can rejoice because that’s about to change.

Japanese coffee maker, Maxim Stick, released one of the most impressive stop-motion videos we’ve ever seen. “Latte Motion” is described as the world’s first latte art animation. Using various items (such as nuts and macarons) to create the background, and an incredible combination of patience and determination, Maxim Stick shot 1000 cups of coffee to create the heart-warming video.

As you can see in the behind-the-scenes video [below], this was no easy task. The team had to carefully cut each stencil to create smooth transitions between the cups. All coffee cups were then gently covered with cocoa powder and placed in an exact position.

The video has generated nearly 500,000 views and has received ongoing praise for it’s creativity and the hard work behind it. So even though it looked like a painfully tiring process, it was certainly worth it.

Besides, if they ever got tired they sure had plenty of coffee lying around to stay awake.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of RocketNews24.


Millennial Love Column: She’s Just Not That Into You

 

You may be familiar with the popular 2009 rom-com He’s Just Not That Into You. Basically, the film taught us that a) Ben Affleck is absolute perfection, and b) there are very clear signs that indicate whether or not a guy is interested in you. One of the characters, Alex, very bluntly explains to Ginnifer Goodwin’s romantically naïve Gigi that if a guy wants to see you, he will make it happen. If he doesn’t contact you, then cue the film title.

Now I don’t know about you, but while Alex was confidently doling out this bit of advice, I caught myself rolling my eyes a little. Don’t get me wrong — what he said wasn’t untrue. I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes because I have personally come across waaay more men who are so determined to get a girl, they not only ignore subtle rejection hints, they’ll drunkenly keep pursuing you at a bar even after you tell them you’re not interested for the umpteenth time.

So since there’s an entire film dedicated to showing the various ways men reject women, let’s turn the tables, shall we? Fellas, if you happen to come across any of these signs, then I hate to break it to you, but she’s just not that into you.

(And ladies, if you’re trying to get that guy, or gal, to leave you alone at the bar, try the following techniques.)

 


 


 

1. The “Save Me” Look
We women utilize the “save me” look most often on the dance floor. Of course, men usually don’t see this look because rather than actually asking a girl to dance, the go-to method these days is to simply go up behind a girl and inch your way forward. Well, when you do this oh-so-romantic move, you probably don’t catch her giving the wide-eyed “save me” look to one of her friends. Instead, all you’ll see is her friend pulling her away or intercepting.

Now at a bar, you may actually be able to get the hint and leave before you make her uncomfortable enough to resort to the “save me” look. The key is to try to remember that if we’re interested in you, we would definitely pay attention to you. Our eyes wouldn’t desperately scan the room to find a friend to save us.

2. She’s Not Texting You Back
So you managed to get a girl’s number, but she barely responds to you. At one point, she may just stop responding altogether. Now some of you, the determined ones, will come up with reasons on her behalf. You’ll think she probably didn’t have reception all day. She probably didn’t check her phone since she was at work. Or maybe her dog ate her phone.

Now the crazy thing is, you may be right. You may actually be in pursuit of a woman who is bad at texting back. For most of you, though, those excuses sound like, well, excuses. In this day and age, people are practically attached to their phone, so if she happens to miss your calls and texts for an entire week, you probably want to rethink your pursuit.

3. She Abruptly Leaves Chats
Maybe texting didn’t work. So you added her on Facebook and now you spend your nights waiting until she signs onto Facebook chat, you big creeper you. Well, lucky for you, these conversations can tell you a lot.

If she’s taking time out of her night to talk to you, obviously this is a good sign. But one very obvious way to tell she isn’t interested is if she coincidentally has to sign off every single time you start talking to her. Can your timing really be that bad? Deep down inside we both know she’s signing off chat because she doesn’t want to engage in a conversation with you, but she doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. Go ahead and spare yourself the awkward interaction. Wait until she starts the chat with you first.

4. She Emphasizes Your FRIENDship
When you like someone, hearing the word “friend” can cut deep. Girls are aware of this. So when she emphasizes your friendship, she’s not trying to purposely hurt you. In fact, she’s trying to do the opposite. She’s trying to make you understand that she views you solely as a friend so that you don’t move forward and end up getting hurt. Trust me, it may sting to be called “a really good friend,” but this is a lot better than being led on. Now if you ignore this hint and move forward anyway, she may be forced to say you’re “just like an older brother.” Ouch.

5. She Talks to You About Another Guy
If she’s talking to you about a guy she likes, that probably means that you actually are a good friend of hers and she may not realize that you have feelings for her. Luckily, this conversation can spare you some heartache. If we say we like someone else right now, we genuinely mean it. We’re not trying to Jedi-mind-trick you into asking us out.

 

 


I know hints may be hard to accept when you really want someone, but there’s a line between romantic persistence and simply disrespecting how a woman feels (or doesn’t feel) about you. Make it simple. Ask her straight out whether or not she’s interested. Most likely, you’ll get a straightforward response.

In the film version, know-it-all Alex says that if a guy wants to see a girl, he will make it happen. Well, we live in a new decade, buddy. If a girl wants it to happen, you’ll know. If she doesn’t, you’ll know even more.

And if you’re one of those guys who goes through life thinking all girls want you and are just playing “hard to get,” then go ahead and get used to having drinks thrown in your face because I foresee a lot of that happening in your future.

I’m just kidding. Kinda.

 

This story was originally published in our Winter 2014-15 issue. Get your copy here. 

Margaret Cho Responds to Accusations of Racism For Her Golden Globes Sketch

 

With all the controversy surrounding The Interview and the cyberattack on Sony, we can’t say we didn’t expect at least a few North Korea jokes from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the hosts of last night’s Golden Globes. However, no one seems to have been prepared for the skit from Margaret Cho– one which has been a topic of controversy since it aired.

It goes without saying that Margaret Cho was a prominent figure at the Golden Globes this year. While this would normally call for a celebration (there’s hardly ever any Asian American representation at this event at all), this actually left some viewers uncomfortable. After all, Cho did not appear on stage as herself. Instead, she was “Cho Young Ja,” a North Korean army general and journalist.

With an over-powdered face and an exaggerated accent, Cho Young Ja commented on the Golden Globes by saying, “You no have thousand baby playing guitar at the same time. You no have people holding up many card to make one big picture. You no have Dennis Rodman.”

Of course that wasn’t all. The general also commented on Netflix’s Orange in the New Black (“It’s funny, but not ha-ha funny… Also, Piper and Alex’s relationship is very toxic”) and even demanded a picture with Meryl Streep.

 


As you can imagine, this appearance was met with a storm of mixed reviews. On one hand, there were more than a few viewers who believed her skit was blatantly racist.

“First of all, let’s just call Margaret Cho’s long, dwindling joke at the Golden Globes last night what it was: yellowface,” writes  on Vulture. “Hollywood needed a punching bag after the Sony hack and ensuing debacle with The Interview, and Cho willingly suited up.”

Others took to twitter to share their dislike.

 

 

However, as the aftermath continued, there seemed to be a change of course. More and more viewers stood up to defend Cho and her skit.

 

 

It was only a matter of time before Margaret Cho chimed in on the controversy by speaking to Buzzfeed:

I’m of North and South Korean descent, and I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that. I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I’m able to comment on it.

When we have British people playing American icons, there’s no backlash. But for Asian-Americans, it’s a very particular set of expectations that we are set to maintain, and that in itself is racist.

I think that we’re being held down by that incredible tide of invisibility that we’re constantly fighting. Whenever there is visibility, it’s shocking. Whenever there is visibility on our terms, it’s shocking. That’s why any visibility is so highly scrutinized. I’m so used to it that it doesn’t alarm me, it doesn’t bother me.

 

I welcome the controversy. And I don’t care.

 


 

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Breaking the Asian Myth: No, Not ALL Asians Are Short

 

As title of this series suggests, our Breaking the Asian Myth stories seek to challenge absurd stereotypes about the Asian community. So far we’ve looked into the ridiculous assumption that all Asian women have the same kind of hair, the impossible belief that Asians can’t get fat, and even the dangerous theory that Asian women need not worry about breast cancer. Yeah, my eyes hurt from all the eyerolling too.

In reality, the umbrella term “Asian” is composed of many, many ethnicities so no one should assume we all have the exact same features. However, it seems no matter how many times we have to clarify that these assumptions don’t apply to all of us (No mister, I can’t explain to you what your Chinese tattoo means… seeing as I’m not even Chinese), we still have a load of overgeneralizations thrown at us on a daily basis.

One such overgeneralization that I’ve heard all my life is the idea that all Asians are short. Being a proud member of the fun-sized community myself, I admit that there are quite a number of us. But is that enough to justify the pure shock and disbelief Asians get when they actually are tall? I don’t know about that.

So here’s some love for all of you who are tired of people constantly pointing out that you’re tall for an Asian, and feel left out when you tower over the rest of us. You’re not alone! Check out some of our favorite Asian celebs who certainly break this Asian Myth.

 


 


 

Yao Ming — 7’6”

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Dave Bautista — 6’6″

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Dwayne Johnson — 6’5″

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Jeremy Lin — 6’4″

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Daniel Henney — 6’2″

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Sung Kang — 6’1″

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Kimora Lee Simmons — 6’0”

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Liu Wen — 5’11”

 


 

Tao Okamoto — 5’10”

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Sui He — 5’10”

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Sun Fei Fei — 5’10”

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Grace Park 5’9”

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Deepika Padukone 5’9”

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Who Says Frying Pans Aren’t Musical? Andrew Huang Uses Household Objects to Play Top Songs of 2014

 

Plenty of YouTube artists have made covers of the top songs of 2014, but we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’ve never seen a mash up quite like this one.

Andrew Huang is back with even more incredible ways to use random objects and create unbelievable music. When we wrote about Huang back in September, his official YouTube channel had about 160,000 subscribers. In just a few short months, Huang has raised this number to over 200,000 and we can see why.

So far, we’ve watched Huang use everything from water to balloons and even the famous rock-paper-scissors trio to create incredible music. This time, he’s put together one of the best 2014 mashups we’ve heard, covering everything from Taylor Swift to Pharrell Williams.


So what items does he use this time?

Anything he could get his hands on. Seriously. Huang points out in the video description that he used any household item he could find while staying at a friend’s house. This left him with items like a beer bottle, a frying pan, a rubber band, a spray bottle, a salt shaker, and even the zipper to his pants.

Don’t believe he could make an awesome cover using these things? Check out the video below. The video was uploaded less than two weeks ago, but it has already gathered well over 800,000 views.

 

 

Want to see more of Andrew Huang’s creative music? Check out the videos below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2014

 

While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year. Here’s Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2014! 

 


 

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1) 20 Asian Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Asian
“Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same. Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian…” (click here) 

 


 

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2) Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You
“Here are kids who make the playground their runway and lower our self-esteem by dressing way better than we ever did during our toddler years…” (click here)

 


 

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3) Marvel’s Newest Superhero Is An Asian American Woman
“It looks like Marvel is ready to put another Asian American woman on the superhero grid. Cindy Moon, who goes by the name Silk, will have her own comic book series by February 2015…” (click here)

 


 


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4) Even More Photos Of The Brazilian Man Who Got Surgery To Look Asian
“The newest internet sensation is undoubtedly Xiahn, a 25-year-old Brazilian man who had 10 surgical procedures to achieve an Asian appearance…” (click here)

 


 

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5) Cruel & Racist Statements Told To Asian Adoptee Children
“Adopting two daughters didn’t make Kelley-Wagner feel any less of a mother than the women who gave birth to their children. Being adopted didn’t make Liliana or Meika feel less like daughters. Unfortunately, many others didn’t seem to share their sentiments…” (click here)

 

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6) The Adorable Ye-bin is Back!
“This cutie became a viral sensation when her video “Mom Tries to Teach Adorable Girl Life Lesson” hit YouTube and gathered nearly 9 million views…” (click here)

 


 

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7) VOICES CARRY: Carissa Rae
“Filipino American singer Carissa Rae Alvarado, born and raised in Southern California, first started appearing in YouTube videos in 2008, crooning covers of Alicia Keys and Michelle Branch when she was still in high school…” (click here)

 


 

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8) 4 Ways The Korean “Ajumma” Is Becoming The New Style Influencer
“For some time now, the stereotypical Korean ajumma has long been thought of as the antithesis of style — something, as a young Korean woman, you never wanted to become. And yet, I’ve been noticing that ajumma style is slowly seeping out into the real world, the non-ajumma world of the rest of us…” (click here)

 


 

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9) 25 Asian YouTubers You Should Check Out This Summer

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10) Michelle Phan, YouTube’s “Beauty Bestie,” Empowers Women From the Outside In
“Know this face? This is the face of a CEO, media exec, lifestyle guru, music producer, entrepreneur, author, multimedia artist, beauty expert and YouTube mega-star…” (click here)