Watch 2NE1 Perform on “America’s Next Top Model”

 

Back in March, the streets of Seoul were filled with excitement as Tyra Banks landed in South Korea to film a segment of Americas’s Next Top Model. We were even more excited when we discovered that ANTM chose popular K-pop group 2NE1 to make an appearance during the highly-anticipated fashion show for designer Lie Sang Bong.

A source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

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After 9 long months, the waiting is finally over. Americas’s Next Top Model aired its final episodes of Cycle 21 this past Friday. The segment included a photo shoot for GUESS at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, as well as Korean barbecue and even more Korean barbecue.

Most exciting of all, 2NE1 went to wish the the remaining contestants good luck before heading out to the runway to perform their popular song, “Crush.”

Check out the performance below as well as the behind-the-scenes footage of the girls interacting with the ANTM contestants.

 

“The Walking Dead” Spinoff Casts Polynesian Actor Cliff Curtis As Lead

 

The Walking Dead fans have been quite irritated lately. [Spoiler Alert] In the recent midseason finale, one of the major characters meets a gruesome death. While we certainly aren’t surprised with shocking character deaths by now, some fans believe this death in particular was poorly executed and unnecessary. Petitions have been created which demand that the show bring back the deceased character or give her a proper ending. To make matters worse, The Walking Dead‘s official Facebook page completely spoiled this major death for many viewers by revealing it on social media almost immediately following the East Coast airing on Sunday.

Luckily for you, this next bit of news may help you lose that bitterness. The Walking Dead spinoff has officially announced that the male lead will be played by Polynesian actor Cliff Curtis.

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According to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, the spinoff, tentatively titled Cobalt, will show how the zombie apocalypse has affected other parts of the world. This spinoff will focus on a divorced male teacher (Curtis) and a female guidance counselor.

According to Yahoo.com, AMC President Charlie Collier has commented on the series companion:

“Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most.

Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

 

You may recognize Curtis from Fox’s action drama Gang Related and as Fire Lord Ozai in M. Night Shyamalan‘s cinematic adaptation of The Last Airbender.

 

 

Us The Duo Sings Top Hits of 2014 in 2.5 Minutes

 

Didn’t think you could love Us The Duo any more than you already do? Well this talented couple just released a video on their official YouTube channel called “Top Hits of 2014 in 2.5 Minutes.”

While we usually expect one song to fit into two and a half minutes, the duo squeezes in an impressive 12 songs into that time frame. They cover songs by everyone from John Legend to Taylor Swift. The video was only uploaded yesterday, but it already has nearly 500,000 views.

 

Can’t get over how perfect they sound together? Neither can we! In fact, it didn’t take long at all for Carissa Rae and Michael Alvarado to realize that they were made for each other. The two met back in 2011 at a friend’s music video shoot. Apparently, after only three hours of talking and laughing, Alvarado had told his friend he was going to marry her. A year later, he kept his word and the two were married.

And we’re not the only ones who love Us The Duo. Their official YouTube channel has nearly 600,000 followers.

Check out Audrey Magazine‘s exclusive interview with the Filipino American singer Carissa Rae Alvarado and don’t forget to check out Us The Duo’s official website.

 

Image of the Day: Billboard in Korea Encourages You to “Step In” And Stop Child Abuse

 

It’s easy for many of us to say we’re against child abuse, but how willing are we to interfere, step in, and do what we can to stop child abuse? That’s exactly what this billboard in South Korea asks anyone who passes by.

It’s quite difficult to ignore this powerful, interactive ad which shows the silhouette of two people: An angry adult holding a glass bottle over his head and the scared child he is threatening to hurt.

 

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At the top of this upsetting image are the words “Child abuse, you can prevent it” along with an arrow pointing to the blank space in between the abusive adult and the child. This is where passersby are asked to “step in.”

The powerfully symbolic ad truly shows its brilliance when an onlooker steps in between the silhouettes. Suddenly, a superhero logo will pop up on the onlooker’s shadow with an emergency number and the words, “Report to become a hero for children.”

The message is instantly clear. Anyone can become a hero and help prevent child abuse. In fact, simply reporting child abuse can save lives.

 

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All photos courtesy of demilked.com.

 

Sneak Peek: Introducing Our Beautiful Winter Issue Cover Girl MICHELLE PHAN

 

We’re more than excited to introduce our Audrey Magazine Winter 2014-2015 cover girl Michelle Phan! Be on the look out for our exclusive cover story coming soon. Can’t wait to get your hands on the issue? Click here to purchase it or to subscribe to Audrey Magazine.

For now, check out what Audrey’s editor-in-chief Anna M. Park has to say about YouTube’s beauty bestie:

 

The last time we tried to get Michelle Phan on our cover was 2010. We had the clothes, the makeup, the venue, everything ready. And then she came down with the chicken pox. The day before the shoot. It was clearly not meant to be.

In 2010, Michelle was big. She had over a million YouTube subscribers then. Her Lady Gaga makeup tutorials had gone viral. And she had just become Lancôme’s official video makeup artist. She was hot. And we were so disappointed we couldn’t get her on the cover.

Well, we finally got her on the cover. And today, Michelle Phan is even hotter than four years ago. A million subscribers? Try over 7 million now. Lancôme? She’s still there. But she has her own makeup line as well, backed by beauty giant L’Oréal. YouTube? Sure, but with her own multichannel network, FAWN, where she curates and develops new talent and content as executive producer. Add to that a beauty sampling company, a new book, even her own music label. Michelle isn’t just big anymore. She’s empire big.

Here’s the funny thing about her story. Michelle dropped out of college to pursue her dreams, to work with Lancôme back in 2010. And this year, that same school, the Ringling College of Art + Design, bestowed on Michelle an honorary doctorate of arts in the business of art and design. She definitely proves that life isn’t necessarily a straight line or an even path. It is — as she says — a circle. Read more about her amazing journey in writer Michelle Woo’s story coming soon!

 

 

Story: Michelle Woo
Photos: Jack Blizzard
Stylist: Reichelle Palo
Makeup: Jayme Kavanaugh
Hair: Octavio Molina

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You’re Invited to Unforgettable 2014 AFTER PARTY

 

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal 13th annual Unforgettable gala is just days away! Can’t make it to the gala? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to celebrate the special evening with our celebrity guests at the official Unforgettable After Party.

The Unforgettable 2014 After Party will be held at the Feria Night Club following the gala. For this private, guest-list only event, all gala attendees will be guaranteed entry. We encourage all other guests to RSVP above for free to ensure their entry, as capacity will be limited.

Admission: Free (Guest list)
Doors open at 10 p.m.
Parking: Valet available

Spots are extremely limited so click here to RSVP today.

 

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Unforgettable is a high profile, celebrity-studded event dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

Sponsored by Royal Salute and presented by Duracoat, this year’s gala will honor and award four Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The award recipients include: John Cho (ABC’s Selfie, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) – Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award and The Actor of the Year Award; Ming-Na Wen (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – The Actress of the Year Award; Ki Hong Lee (20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner) – The Male Breakout Star of the Year; Arden Cho (MTV’s Teen Wolf) – The Female Breakout Star of the Year.

Yoon Mi Rae, Korean American hip-hop and R&B royalty, returns this year to perform her No. 1 hit song in Korea. Other featured artists include K-Pop artist G.NA, winner of The VoiceTessanne Chin, beatbox champion KRNFX, along with collaboration performances from singer/songwriters Arden Cho and David Choi, and exciting dance performances by Mike Song and KINJAZ.

 

Find out more information on the Unforgettable 2014 website

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Viral Coca-Cola Ad Shows the Importance of Saying “Thank You”

 

With Thanksgiving just a few hours away, it’s a good time to remember all the people we are thankful for. You’ve probably expressed thanks for family and close friends, but what about the people who often go unnoticed and unappreciated? Do you give thanks for the hardworking UPS guy? What about the waitress at your favorite restaurant that always makes sure you get the best table? Or what about the barista who knows exactly the way you take your coffee every morning?

These people may serve us on a day to day basis and certainly make our lives easier, but how often do we actually recognize their work? In fact, do we even know their name?

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A new Coca-Cola ad, which was released in the Philippines, has already gained nearly 3 million views because it asks that very question. As it turns out, acknowledging someone by their name can mean so much– especially in a job where they are often unnoticed. Most importantly, the ad reminds us that a simple “thank you” can go a long way.

“Challenge yourself to take time every single day to thank those who serve you – just be sure to get their name,” Liftable reminds us. “Not only will you make their day, you will encourage them to continue their work with the knowledge they are positively impacting the lives of those around them.”

 

 

 

Kiss of Love: Mass Protest in India Opposes Conservative Views on Kissing

 

When I see couples give each other a quick kiss in public, I really don’t think twice about it. After all, growing up in American means movies, television shows and even cartoons which have characters show their love for one another with a quick peck. This act is not only normalized in our society, it’s actually seen as endearing and sweet.

This is certainly not the case in India. In fact, a public kiss is viewed as so disgraceful, you can receive jail time for that small, quick act of affection. The Indian Penal Code states that anyone who “does any obscene act in any public place” may be subject to arrest. And yes, public kissing falls into that list of obscene acts.

Although Westerners may be baffled by the conservative view, right-wing Hindu fundamentalists certainly take it very seriously. On October 23rd, a local news channel showed footage of a couple kissing inside of a cafe in Calicut. The reaction to this was swift and overwhelming. Within an hour of the broadcast, people smashed the windows of the cafe and caused chaos inside. They claimed it was punishment for endorsing “un-Indian” behavior. According to one Facebook commenter, public kissing is only for “filthy western people, where shame exists only in the dictionary.”

 

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From Cartoonist Unnikrishnan Mathrubhumi. Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/kissoflovekochi

 

But while there are those bent on aggressively enforcing this conservative view, there are also many, especially the youth, who seek to oppose this perception on kissing. Less than a day after the violent acts against the cafe, a nation-wide movement called the “Kiss of Love” campaign was created and sparked protests throughout India.

“We wanted to show how humans express their love. A kiss is a short and sweet expression,” explained Rahul Pasupalar, co-creator of the movement’s Facebook page which now has over 140,000 likes.

 

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A number of these protestors are receiving daily death and rape threats, but the movement continues strong. In fact, many claim that this is about much more than just kissing. Because arranged marriages are still a common practice in India, the act of public kissing is seen as women making decisions on their own terms. The rise of kissing reflects the growing power of young women in deciding who to marry.

“The terms and timing of intimacy used to be initiated and decided entirely by the man,” said Dr. Avdesh Sharma, a psychiatrist practicing in New Delhi. “That is no longer true.”

 

Feature image courtesy of http://www.bbc.com/

 

The Unforgettable 2014 Website is Finally Here

 

The official Unforgettable 2014 website is finally here! For updates on performers, award recipients, celebs and all the information you need, click here.


We are pleased to present
Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

 

Sponsored by Royal Salute and presented by Duracoat, this year’s gala will honor and award four Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The award recipients include: John Cho (ABC’s Selfie, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) – Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award and The Actor of the Year Award; Ming-Na Wen (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – The Actress of the Year Award; Ki Hong Lee (20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner) – The Male Breakout Star of the Year; Arden Cho (MTV’s Teen Wolf) – The Female Breakout Star of the Year.

 

Yoon Mi Rae, Korean American hip-hop and R&B royalty, returns this year to perform her No. 1 hit song in Korea. Other featured artists include K-Pop artist G.NA, winner of The Voice Tessanne Chin, beatbox champion KRNFX, along with collaboration performances from singer/songwriters Arden Cho and David Choi, and exciting dance performances by Mike Song and KINJAZ.

 

In addition to the award recipients and performers, global stars Lisa Ling (CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling host), Han Ji-min (TV Drama Rooftop Prince) and Koo Soo (Film Way Back Home) are among the confirmed list of high-profile celebrities attending the gala this year.

 

The event will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Friday, December 5, 2014. An after party will immediately follow the black-tie event providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at Feria.

 

 

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10 Times You Saw KI HONG LEE Before “The Maze Runner”

 

There has been a lot of buzz about Ki Hong Lee lately. Lee not only plays a lead character in the 2014 sci-fi film The Maze Runner, he was also recently named the fourth sexiest man of 2014 by People magazine and he will receive the “Male Breakout Star of the Year” award at KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine‘s 13th annual Unforgettable gala.

And while Lee is picking up new fans daily, we must remember that he’s actually been around for years now. Didn’t catch him? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up 10 times you saw Ki Hong Lee before The Maze Runner.

 


 

Modern Family (2010)
Well before the days of being an online heartthrob and playing the dashing Minho in The Maze Runner, Ki Hong Lee had a tiny appearance on ABC’s Modern Family as a busboy.

 


 

New Girl (2011)
You may have missed Lee’s short appearance on Fox’s New Girl, but now you won’t be able to stop watching him drum away on those bells.

 


 

Wong Fu Productions
Many fans first recall Lee’s work with Wong Fu Productions. He quickly won the hearts of many with the romantic shorts.

 

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This McDonald’s Commercial (2013)
Thought you would never see Ki Hong Lee in a Filipino McDonalds commercial? Think again.

 


 

Jubilee Project
Lee also took part in a couple of Jubliee Project short films. Get the tissues ready before you watch these– they’re a couple of tear-jerkers.

 


 

Blue Bloods (2013)
Of course, Lee can do much more than humor and romance. Check out his serious side on this episode of the CBS drama, Blue Bloods.

 


 

His YouTube Channel
Of course, you may have simply recognized Lee from the YouTube channel described as “Your source for all things Ki Hong Lee.”