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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Kunal Nayyar Talks About Grinding in the Club the American Way

When we met Kunal Nayyar last summer for our exclusive interview, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Nayyar’s charm and humor.

It was instantly clear to us that the Indian British actor was nothing like his character on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. After all, his character Raj Koothrappali is most known for his social awkwardness and Nayyar is clearly comfortable in the spotlight.

As it turns out, Nayyar wasn’t always this way. He recently appeared on Conan and revealed that all the cultural differences between India and America made him rather awkward when he first came to the U.S. as an 18 year old.

Nayyar describes getting in trouble for misusing the term “white trash”  and how he embarrassed himself by incorrectly asking a girl to “do a dance” with him.

Watch the interview below and see Nayyar go into the specifics of grinding in the club the American way.


EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to An Advanced Screening of ‘Godzilla’

Do you want to watch an upcoming blockbuster film starring one of the cinema’s most iconic and terrorizing creatures? Do you want to watch it in a theatre filled with celebs and industry insiders?  Here’s your chance!

Warner Brothers is teaming up with KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine to present an advanced screening of the upcoming blockbuster, GODZILLA.  Featuring an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Anna Karenina), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Ken Watanabe (Inception), this anticipated film is bringing a new rendition of the classic story of the infamous monster.

Join us for an unforgettable and exciting night at CGV theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 14th.  Contest winners and a guest of their choice will get passes to the advanced screening as well as an exclusive after party! Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with industry insiders while you enjoy free appetizers from Madang 621 Korean BBQ and celebrate the night with an open bar.



1) Like KoreAm Journal AND Audrey Magazine on Facebook.
2) Sign up on the official contest page.
3) Share the official contest page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Linkedin. 

That’s it! Contest ends on MAY 7TH so don’t miss your chance!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Movie Screening: 7:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M
CGV Cinema
621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005


After Party:  9:00 P.M – 12:00 A.M
Madang 621 Korean BBQ Restaurant
621 S Western Ave. Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90005

-You must be at least 18 or older apply.
-Those under 21 years of age will not be able to attend the after party but will be able to obtain tickets for the film screening.
-The tickets are non-transferrable.
-Transportation will not be provided.
-If selected, please bring your ID to the event.


For any questions regarding the contest please contact: 



A 92-Year-Old Filipina is the Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist

You would probably never think to get a tattoo from a 92-year-old, but Whang Od is here to change your mind. Od may be aged, but she has spent many years mastering her craft. Whang Od is the oldest and the very last Kalinga tattoo maker in the Philippines.

The province of Kalinga lies in Northern Philippines and is famed for their ancient art of tattooing. Their particular practice of tattoo making dates back 1,000 years. While tattoos are now worn for aesthetic purposes, the tradition behind Kalinga tattoos were much more intricate.

Interaksyon explains the old tradition of Kalinga tattoos.

“For people of the tribe, a lady with tattoos was—and is—regarded as beautiful. She decorates her arms with sleeves of snake skin and rice grain patterns. Her forehead and temples are embellished with crosses, triangles and dots to enhance her visage.


A boy, however, only earns his first marking after his first kill—specifically, when he cuts off an enemy’s head and brings it back to the village. As he grows into a strong warrior, he earns his ink armor one amulet at a time: centipedes in the arms for protection, pythons on the shoulders for strength, and the most elaborate of which, the mighty eagle on the chest and back– reserved for the most valiant.”



When the practice of head-hunting died out, the tradition of Kalinga tattoos slowly began to fade away. A community which was once filled with tattoo artists now has only one left. Whang Od has no children, so unless she passes on the art to a relative or an apprentice, the cultural tattoos may vanish.

Now before you hop on a plane to the Philippines to get an authentic Kalinga tattoo before it’s too late, you should know that the art of making Kalinga tattoos is quite different from the tattoo shops we’re accustomed to.

Whang Od doesn’t use a machine of any sort. She simply uses wooden sticks with a needle at the end of one. After applying ink on the needle, she taps/hammers the ink onto the skin.

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20 Asian Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Asian

Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same.

It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair.

Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial often become overlooked in the Asian community.

Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian. Check out our list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.

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1) Vanessa Hudgens (Part Filipino, Part Chinese)


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2) Tiger Woods (Part Thai, Part Chinese)


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3) Chad Michael Murray (Quarter Japanese)


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4) Dean Cain (Quarter Japanese)


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5) Nicole Scherzinger (Half Filipino)


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6)Keanu Reeves (Quarter Hawaiian, Quarter Chinese)


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7) Darren Criss (Half Filipino)


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8) Ne-Yo (Quarter Chinese)


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9) (Filipino*)


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10) Jennifer Tilly (Half Chinese)



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11) Enrique Iglesias (Half Filipino)


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12) Amerie Rogers (Half Korean)


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13) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Quarter Indonesian)


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14) Kristin Kreuk (Half Chinese)


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15) Kimora Lee Simmons (Half Korean*)


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16) Norah Jones (Half Indian)


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17) Rob Schneider (Quarter Filipino)


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18) Chanel Iman (Half Korean)


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19) Lindsay Price (Half Korean)


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20) Michelle Branch (Quarter Indonesian)



*Thank you Audrey readers for your corrections.

Ditch The Raccoon Eyes: Top 5 Eye Liners That Beat the Spring/Summer Heat

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. For us here in LA, this can only mean one thing — heat.

While we may be a fan of the sun, we can all agree that our make up isn’t too fond of it.  Make up lovers everywhere have struggled to find the right beauty products that won’t melt away under warm conditions. In addition to the heat directly melting make up away, hot weather also causes our skin to sweat. The additional sweat and oil from our skin causes make up to smear smudge and run.

While these conditions may seem difficult to deal with, we certainly wouldn’t want you to stay locked inside all spring and summer long, so we’re here to help.

Audrey intern Paulina Lee tried on several eye liners and put them to the heat test. We’re here to share our results with you. Don’t go another day with “raccoon eyes.” Here are the top 5 eye liners that beat the spring/summer heat.

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1.) STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20.00) 
“This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.”


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2.) Etude House Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner ($14.69)
“Easy-to-draw Brush, smooth texture and smudge-proof”

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3.)  Revolon Colorstay Liquid Liner ($4.99)
“Elegant, sexy and sophisticated, Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner allows you to emphasize your eyes with precision. Dries quickly and lasts all day.”


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4) MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Waterproof Eye Liner ($25.00)
“Pro Waterproof Eyeliner is a completely water-resistant eyeliner that adds drama to the eyes and lasts all day, even under the most extreme conditions (water, tears, heat, etc.).”

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5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00)
“Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals.”

New Dilemna: Plastic Surgery Patients Look Nothing Like Their Passport Pictures

As plastic surgery in South Korea continues to rise in popularity, more and more cosmetic surgery clinics have opened up. With so many of it’s kind, many of the clinics have focused on improving their work to beat out the competition. The results? South Korean plastic surgery has gotten so advanced that international patients are now facing a problem. How do you get back home when you look absolutely nothing like your passport picture?

The desire for plastic surgery spans beyond Korea. For instance, surgery rates in China have increased as well. Many people in China decide to travel to Korea to get procedures done because they claim they will get better results there. (Seriously. Check out this procedure gone wrong.)

However, when travelers try to return to China after their surgery, many are refused because they look drastically different from their passport picture.

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To fix this problem, South Korean clinics and hospitals have reportedly begun issuing “plastic surgery certificates” to their patients. Along with before and after pictures, the certificate also includes the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital or clinic where the treatment took place, and other information to verify their identity.

Still don’t think these certificates are necessary? Just take a look at these twin sisters who are both unrecognizable after their surgery.

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Check out their story here. 



Some Chinese Netizens Say They’re Living in “West North Korea”

Surely it would take a lot for anyone to see resemblances between their living conditions and the conditions of North Korea. Well some Chinese netizens are claiming just that. What could possibly be so horrible that Chinese netizens would say such a thing?

The Chinese government banned “The Big Bang Theory.”

Chinese fans of the popular CBS sitcom are both confused and outraged by such a decision. Netizens are accustomed to shows being banned for being too violent or inappropriate, but they see no justification in banning “The Big Bang Theory.”

There are rumors that a “green edition” of the show will be released, but it will contain censored content as well as Chinese voiceovers.

Since this decision, angry TBBT fans have taken their fury to the web. Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site which is said to be a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook, received 300,000 posts concerning the ban.

Many commenters point out that they are angry about the principle of the ordeal. “You really have to feel bad for Chinese people,” one commenter wrote. “Everything is constricted, there’s no freedom of speech, our thinking has been kidnapped, and now we can’t even relax and watch a little American TV.”

As the discussion of Chinese censorship continued, many netizens began referring to their country as “West North Korea.” As expected, the term was quickly blocked from Weibo searches after it picked up popularity.


Asians in Fashion: Han Hyo Joo in Mexico for InStyle

South Korean actress Han Hyo Joo traveled to Mexico for a beautiful photo shoot for InStyle. The 27-year-old had much praise for Mexico and stated, “I think Mexico suits me well. This is the first time I felt like I was being healed while on a photo shoot.”

Han Hyo Joo studied theater and film in Dongguk University. She was discovered in 2003 through a beauty pageant and followed her dream of acting with the sitcom Nonstop 5. Now, she is most known for her roles in the television dramas Brilliant Legacy and Dong Yi, as well as the film Cold Eyes for which earned her the Best Actress award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

The popular actress makes it clear that if she didn’t go into acting, she would make a lovely model. Soompi points out that the make up chosen accentuates her facial features and her wardrobe successfully compliments her slender figure.

Although the actress was far from home, the 2013 film Cold Eyes gave Han Hyo Joo a number of international fans. Even in Mexico, a number of fans recognized the beautiful actress.

Check out the InStyle photo shoot below.

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Man Photoshops Himself Into Girlfriend’s Childhood Photos

Let’s be honest. Some romantic gestures, no matter how good the intentions are, can go awry. Just take a look at this marriage proposal on the Today show or this uncomfortable proposal in China. Both are examples of people with good intentions who end up with questionable results. Well it looks like we may have someone else to add to this list.

A Chinese photographer created a new series of photos to declare his strong love for his girlfriend. In each picture, he Photoshopped images of himself into his girlfriend’s childhood photos.

“I want to send my love letter to little you, but without a time machine, the only thing I can do is come into your dream to meet you,” he writes.

The awkward thing about this? The photographer has Photoshopped his current (adult) pictures into the childhood photos. Needless to say, some viewers have found the photos to be uncomfortable.

“While it might seem sweet that he wants to say that he’s been part of his lady friend’s life, the photos are downright creepy! A few photos almost border on pedophilia, particularly the one where he’s looking up her skirt. Keep in mind that his girlfriend is an adult like he is.” says Kotaku writer Eric Jou.

Of course, others disagree with this interpretation. The People’s Daily in China insists that the girlfriend is lucky to have such a romantic boyfriend.

Others have simply laughed at the photos and believe that the photographer simply has a good sense of humor. They argue that the photos are not trying to be romantic or creepy at all, it is simply trying to be funny.

So tell us what you think. Is this photo series romantic, funny, or creepy?

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