Disney Princesses Re-Imagined with Different Ethnicities

For years, we have hoped for more variation in ethnicity when it comes to Disney Princesses. Don’t get me wrong– we love the current Princesses, but who doesn’t want a Princess they can connect with on a cultural level?

This may be the reason that Tumblr artist lettherebedoodles created a series depicting famous Disney Princesses with different ethnicities.

“I honestly just did this for fun. No political agenda, no ulterior motives,” the artist, who goes by TT, explained. “I just love Disney and chose a few of my favorite characters to alter. I feel like there’s beauty in every racial background, and this is honestly nothing more then an exploration of different races from a technical and artistic standpoint.”

“Fairy tales are constantly being taken out of their cultural context. Most of the fairy tales that we know now were taken out of their original cultural context and altered,” TT continues. “Aladdin was originally set in China. The Frog Prince was Latin, and was altered over and over again in several countries. The stories have been and can be altered in many ways.”

TT also says that the race-bending art was created in hopes of seeing more diversity in our media. Of course, we whole-heartedly agree. Check out the thought-provoking art below:

 


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Lisa See’s ‘China Dolls’ San Francisco Flyaway Sweepstakes

We have exciting news for our Audrey readers! We’re teaming up with Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in Love and Shanghai Girls, to bring you an amazing opportunity.

Writer and novelist Lisa See, who is strongly influenced by her Chinese American family, brings you her highly anticipated novel set in San Francisco, China Dolls.

China Dolls brings us to San Francisco in the 1930’s where three very different girls compete for the same showgirl role at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub. Of course, things take a dramatic turn with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Needless to say, this must-read novel gives a very detailed and emotional look at the Asian American struggle in the 1930’s. 

In honor of this highly-anticipated novel, Lisa See is bringing you an opportunity to win a 3-day, 2 night trip to San Francisco for your own private tour of Chinatown!

 

CHECK OUT THE DETAILS BELOW:

These Family Photos Will Melt Your Heart

Trust us, you’ve never seen family photos this creative or this cute.

Wedding photographer Jason Lee began taking pictures of his two daughters when his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. The girls, who were very prone to getting sick, were rarely able to visit their grandmother in the hospital.

Lee did not want his mother to miss out on her grandchildren, but also knew that he couldn’t let his daughters get their grandmother sick. He decided to utilize his occupation for a more personal project and decided to keep her updated with her grandchildren through photography.

Of course, he didn’t want just any picture. He wanted pictures that told a story and would make her laugh. The results? Visually stunning family photos.

My Modern Met sat down with Jason Lee and asked him to divulge more information about his incredible photography:

Q: How did you get into photography?
A: I picked up my first digital camera a year before my first daughter was born, which was about 8 years ago. I really enjoyed taking photos and getting the immediate feedback from digital and it just grew from there.

Q: How do you come up with such creative photos of your daughters? What’s your creative process like?
A: Most of the ideas come from the girls, from observing them play, or hearing the funny and outrageous things they say. Their day to day life also plays a big role for my inspiration. Creative process, hmm, thats a tough one. After coming up with an idea, I then ‘set up’ the scene, and often use artificial lighting to enhance the images. It helps to plan out the shoot before hand, so at most, I only have them in the shoot for a minute or two.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
A: Don’t be afraid to experiment. Take notes. When you have an idea, jot it down somewhere for later. Practice, practice, practice. Start a 365 project, or at least try to shoot something on a consistent basis.

Q: Any quotes you live by?
A: Like in Finding Nemo, Dori advises “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Replace swimming with taking pictures and I think you have a winning formula.

 

 

 

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Top 10 “Scary” Asian Dishes We Love

Among the numerous things we are known for, Asians are known to have “bizarre” cuisine. While many of us grew up eating all this, an unfamiliar tongue may find some Asian dishes down right scary.

Check out our picks for the top 10 “scary” Asian food we love.

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1) CENTURY EGGS
A Chinese delicacy where duck, chicken or quail eggs are preserved until the yolk of the eggs to take on a creamy texture and the whites turns into a dark-colored jelly.

 

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2) DURIAN
A southeast Asian fruit known for its large size, strong (and often disliked) odor, and horn-covered exterior.

stinky tofu3) STINKY TOFU
A form of fermented tofu that actually does have a strong enough odor to gain its name.

blood sausage4) BLOOD SAUSAGE
Links of pork and other meats mixed with blood to give them their distinct, dark color.

balut5) BALUT
A developing duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in its shell.


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6) Bird’s Nest Soup
Made with the nest of Swiftlets who use their own saliva to create their nests.

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7) Natto
Fermented soybeans known for their pungent smell.

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8) Drunken Shrimp
Live shrimp swimming around in alcohol.

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9) Live Octopus Tentacles
The octopus may be dead, but the nerves of the tentacles allow them to move on their own.

 

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10) Wasp Crackers
Just as the name suggests– dead wasps within rice crackers.

 

These Puppies Are The Best Marketing Strategy EVER

I once ran up to a stranger to tell him how lucky he was to have such a cute puppy. He shrugged and very seriously said, “I have him because he helps me get dates. I don’t ever need to approach anyone now that I have a puppy. They come to me.”

I automatically wanted to tell him how creepy he was, but then I realized he was right (to an extent). While I certainly had no intentions of asking him out on a date, his puppy plan was successful– I approached him and not the other way around.

It was clear that this wasn’t the first time he had strangers start a conversation with him just because he had an adorable puppy friend. Can you blame us? Who doesn’t like cute puppies?

Well it seems like LG Mobile Korea picked up on this too. A recent LG Mobile commercial advertised their LG G Pro 2 cell phone and used the best marketing strategy ever: cute puppies.

The puppies keep our attention for every second of the commercial and soon we couldn’t help but want the LG Pro 2 for all of its impressive features. As dramafever mentioned, these puppies can probably get you to buy anything.

Smart move, LA Mobile Korea. Smart move.

Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You (PART II)

First we brought you the Adorable Asian Baby Overload. Then we brought you Asian Babies With Puppies and even a Halloween Costume Edition.

But it wasn’t until we released the first “Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You” that it became clear to us: the world is obsessed with these fashionable cuties.

Why shouldn’t you be? The combination of cute babies with stylish clothes ranks up there with other great combos like peanut & jelly and cronuts. So whether you’re browsing for new looks for your own cutie-pie or you just want to look see some toddlers that dress much much better than we ever did when we were kids, we have just the thing you’re looking for.

This second installment of “Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You” contains nearly double the amount of its predecessor and is packed with even more cuteness.

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Think your adorable baby belongs up there? Email us at ethel@audreymagazine.com for a chance to have your submission featured in our next installment.

MUST SEE: Korean Phone Conversations Become Impressive A Cappella Piece

Sitting next to strangers on a bus, train or subway can be uncomfortable. Even worse, if they start having personal phone conversations, you may find yourself annoyed, frustrated and ready to stare daggers at them. While these reactions are pretty common, we’re going to bet that you never thought a public transit phone conversation could be beautiful.

Until now.

The Korean collaborative project called Project SH released a video of one of the most unexpected and entertaining a cappella pieces we’ve laid eyes on.

The video begins with 5 individuals who, except for the sleeping man in the middle, all enter a phone conversation. The first girl is speaking to her mother, the man next to her is speaking to his boss, the next woman may be speaking to her ex-boyfriend and the man to the far right is assumed to be a student.

As you can expect, their conversations are all quite different. Despite the very different lives of these passengers, they are all able to harmonize lovely together even though they’re merely saying phrases like “I’ll be home for dinner.” Trust us. Eavesdropping on a conversation has never been this entertaining.

This “unintentional” a cappella performance will be the best two minutes of your day. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below and be sure to support Project SH through their official website, their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.

 



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Reality Check: Mulan’s Unhappily Ever After

If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to classic Disney fairy tales, it’s the “happily ever after.” Snow White gets her Prince Charming, Simba reclaims his kingdom and even the Toy Story gang finds a new kid.

We expect the magic and the love, but do we ever expect Disney movies to be realistic? Nope, absolutely not.

This is probably why animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong has gathered quite a bit of attention for himself with his series called “Disney Unhappily Ever After.” In the series, Hong puts beloved Disney characters through a reality check. The characters endure various environmental, social and even political circumstances that we face as human beings.

Just take a look at Hong’s re-imagined image of Mulan. The threat to her country is no longer the Huns. Instead, Mulan sports a surgical mask to remind us of the dangerous smog conditions in China.

Hong very powerfully reminds us that just last year, the city of Harbin had air pollution that was 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health Organization. These extreme conditions have caused children as young as 8-years-old to get lung cancer and netizens have even begun to imagine how the deteriorating air quality will affect human survival.

By using Disney characters, Hong very successfully points out the realities of our own world. “The idea just popped in my head to put Disney princesses into environments that they wouldn’t be associated with,” Hong told The Huffington Post. “Once I started putting them together, I realized a lot of social issues that are always important to me could be woven in as well. I think that’s what has made it really successful and a bit controversial as well, so I’m glad it has started debates and discussions on the issues of racism, animal abuse, drugs, etc.”

Check out more of “Disney Unhappily Ever After” below and visit the official tumblr here.

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Is “Anti-Rape Underwear” The Right Answer?

A New York company called AR Wear hopes to bring confidence and protection to women everywhere. How does one do such a thing? With anti-rape underwear, of course.

Now the harder question is how does one create such a product? AR Wear wanted to make a line of anti-rape underwear that would be comfortable, but protective at the same time. They describe their creation below:

The waist, thighs, and central panels are protected with specially designed, cut resistant straps and webbing. Once the waist girth has been adjusted and secured with its unique locking device, the garment cannot be pulled down. Since a female’s waist measurement is generally less than that of her pelvic area, the waist strap can be locked at a comfortable position and still prevent unwanted removal of the garment. The thigh straps, after an initial adjustment by the wearer, prevent the leg openings from being lifted or shifted to the sides by someone else. The center panels are connected to both the waist and thigh straps to create a unified protective skeletal structure.

 

The product will come in various styles and is even available as running shorts, traveling shorts, etc.

Its clear to see that the company means well and has the best of intentions, but their product has already gathered quite a lot of negative criticism.

AR Wear specifies that “The only one responsible for a rape is the rapist and AR Wear will not solve the fundamental problem that rape exists in our world. Only by raising awareness and education, as well as bringing rapists to justice, can we all hope to eventually accomplish the goal of eliminating rape as a threat to both women and men.” They even point out that their product aims for girls to have “more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault.”

Some say that this still misses the point. Those who disagree with AR Wear claim that the product reinforces the idea that women are still ultimately responsible for rape. Instead of creating a product which stops men from raping women, we’ve created a  product which may or may not make rape a little bit more difficult for a man.

Others claim that AR Wear is flawed in its marketing and choice of words. Thinkprogress.org points out the underwear is marketed with the line “for when things go wrong.” They argue that such a tagline suggests rape is an accident.

AR Wear claims, “A woman or girl who is wearing one of our garments will be sending a clear message to her would-be assailant that she is NOT consenting. We believe that this undeniable message can help to prevent a significant number of rapes.” However, Thinkprogress.org argues that most people who commit rape are not innocently confused about their actions. They are aware of what they are doing despite any clear messages.

We can’t help but think of a similar tactic from a product in China.

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These hairy stockings were created to try and prevent rape as well. The theory behind this is that men would be so disgusted by the appearance of the users legs that they wouldn’t want to continue with the rape.

Admittedly, we were appalled by these. Doesn’t this product simply encourage the idea that rape is dependent on how a woman dresses and looks? Doesn’t this suggest that women should not dress in what makes them feel good or powerful and should instead be mindful or else rape is their fault?

If anti-rape underwear is so similar to these appalling stockings, is it the wrong answer as well? Tell us what you think.



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Asians in Fashion: Hailee Steinfeld for NYLON

In just a handful of years, Hailee Steinfeld has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. The 17-year-old actress, who is part Filipino, was throne into fame during her portrayl of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit. Her performance earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

More recently, Steinfeld has played Petra Arkanian in the 2013 sci-fil film Ender’s Game and Juliet in the 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

In addition to acting, Steinfeld has proven that her face is fit for modeling. In 2011, she became the new, young face for the Italian designer brand Miu Miu.

She recently showed off this modeling talent as NYLON’s cover girl for their Young Hollywood issue. Even with all the playful colors and poses, it is clear that Steinfeld is no longer the little girl we remember. Although it’s only been a handful of years since Steinfeld’s award-winning performance in True Grit, she already shows maturity and growth in this photo shoot.

It’s easy to forget that she’s only seventeen, but Steinfeld is quite aware. “I have moments all the time where I realize how far away I am from home and all I want is to curl up in my bed and watch a movie, light a candle and be alone,” Steinfeld admits to NYLON. “But as often as I have those thoughts, I try not to take anything for granted, because I’m loving it.”

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