Countdown to KCON 2013 | The Ultimate Guide to EXO

By Ethel Navales and Kristine Ortiz 

There’s no denying it- when it comes to KCON 2013, EXO easily ranks as the group we’re most excited to see. Admittedly, we had some doubts when we first laid eyes on this group. You see, EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it?

YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes.

Any doubts we may have had about this group were blown out the window when EXO released the music video to their song “Growl” and created an online frenzy. How good is this thing? People who had no previous interest in KPOP what-so-ever were complimenting the song, the hypnotizing dance, and the music video style.

Needless to say, we had this video on repeat for days. In less than four minutes, the boys were able to grab our attention and keep it there. Suddenly we were watching their interviews, listening to their songs, and slowly but surely learning their names and personalities. (We were also squealing, blushing, and hyperventilating over our favorites, but lets not get into that)

So we’re here to help you out. Having some trouble distinguishing the boys from one another? Check out Audrey’s Ultimate Guide to EXO and you’ll be all set for this weekend!

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EXO K

1) S U H O
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NAME: Suho (Kim Joongmyun)
HEIGHT: 5’8”
BIRTHDATE: May 22, 1991
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Leader, Lead Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: Suho likes a girl with an interest in literature and long, straight hair. He wants someone that is knowledgeable with an explosive personality.
FUN FACT: Known for spoiling his band members by buying them lots of food.

DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: It is said that he looks similar to Super Junior’s Choi Siwon

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2) B A E K H Y U N
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NAME: Baekhyun (Byun Baekhyun)
HEIGHT: 5’7”
BIRTHDATE: May 6, 1992
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Main Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: Baekhyun likes a gir that is full of charm. He likes a girl that looks good wearing jeans, which means someone with a good figure.
FUN FACT: Some of his international fanbase has nicknamed him “Bacon”
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Thick Eyeliner and Charming Smile
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3) C H A N Y E O L
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NAME: Chanyeol (Park Chanyeol)
HEIGHT: 6’1”
BIRTHDATE: November 27, 1992
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Main Rapper, Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: Chanyeol wants someone cute, someone who smiles a lot, and someone who is sincere person. Someone who will laugh when he is talking to her and has a bubbly personality.
FUN FACT: He is very musically talented and plays the guitar, drums, bass, djembe, and more.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Big Smile (sometimes jokingly a creeper smile)
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4) D. O.
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NAME: D.O. (Do Kyungsoo)
HEIGHT: 5’8”
BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1993
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Main Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: D.O.’s priority is that the girl is kind and appreciates good food. He wants a sexy, cute, and beautiful girl.
FUN FACT: He is the cleanest and tidiest member of EXO
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Thick lips and strong brows
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5) K A I
exo kaiNAME: Kai (Kim Jongin)
HEIGHT: 6’0”
BIRTHDATE: January 14, 1994
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Lead Rapper
IDEAL TYPE: Kai likes girls who are gentle and passionate. His ideal type is Han Ye Seul.
FUN FACT: He has amazing dance skills – He’s been doing ballet and jazz since childhood
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: ABS
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6) S E H U N
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NAME: Sehun (Oh Sehun)
HEIGHT: 5’11”
BIRTHDATE: April 12, 1994
NATIONALITY: Korean
POSITION: Lead Dancer, Rapper, Sub-Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: Sehun likes girls who are bright and cheerful. He also wants them neat and clean.
FUN FACT: He is the youngest of the group and has a habit of sticking his tongue out
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Uninterested/stoic resting face
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EXO M

7) X I U M I N
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NAME: Xiumin (Birthname: Kim Min Seok)
HEIGHT: 5’8”
BIRTHDAY: March 27, 1990
NATIONALITY: Korean
BAND POSITION: Lead vocals, Lead dancer
IDEAL TYPE: A comforting person who can keep him warm with hugs and will also smile at him brightly.
FUN FACT: He’s often been told that he looks like the Wonder Girls’ Sohee (http://24.media.tumblr.com/ff03db8621b7dd8579a0993a88b390d2/tumblr_mprfjwCbom1st49nxo1_500.jpg_ ) and is the “high note champion” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqaWYRvk2P4) of the group.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Sharp eyes and round cheeks (one of his nicknames is Baozi, or “Little Bun”)!
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8) L U H A N
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NAME: Luhan (Birthname: Lu Han)
HEIGHT: 5’10”
BIRTHDAY: April 20, 1990
NATIONALITY: Chinese
BAND POSITION: Lead vocalist, lead dancer, “Face” of the group
IDEAL TYPE: A gentle, quiet girl who is graceful and elegant and someone who will cheer him on. Physically, he likes a girl with long straight hair and fair skin.
FUN FACT: He’s scared of heights; in fact, when the group went to Disneyland, he stayed with their manager and didn’t go on a lot of the rides.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Large, doe-like eyes
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9) L A Y

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NAME: Lay (Birthname: Zhang Yi Xing)
HEIGHT: 5’9.5”
BIRTHDAY: October 7, 1991
NATIONALITY: Chinese
BAND POSITION: Main dancer, Vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: A girl who is kind-hearted, cute and respectful with a positive personality. Physically, someone who has large eyes, long hair and shorter than him.
FUN FACT: In 2010, he was in SHINee’s concert tour as Jonghyun’s dance replacement.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: One dimple on his right cheek
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10) K R I S
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NAME: Kris (Birthname: Wu Yi Fan)
HEIGHT: 6’1.5”
BIRTHDAY: November 6, 1990
NATIONALITY: Chinese-Canadian
BAND POSITION: Leader, Main Rapper, Sub-Vocals
IDEAL TYPE: Likes girls who can cook, are kind-hearted and willing to take care of people.
FUN FACT: Though he doesn’t draw well by most people’s standards, he firmly believes in his artistic ability.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Strong, bold eyes and eyebrows
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11) T A O
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NAME: Tao (Huang Zi Tao)
HEIGHT: 6’0”
BIRTHDAY: May 2, 1993
NATIONALITY: Chinese
BAND POSITION: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae (Youngest)
IDEAL TYPE: A girl who is pretty with a nice body and has a nice personality. But, he’s revealed that love isn’t something he’s necessarily looking for, saying in an interview, “I really don’t care [about love/ideal types] because I’m still young and I’m a hardworking ninja that want to focus on my career.”
FUN FACT: He’s trained in wushu, a skill he often shows off on variety shows.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Dark circles under eyes (One of his nicknames is Kung Fu Panda!)
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12) C H E N
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NAME: Chen (Birthname: Kim Jong Dae)
HEIGHT: 5’8”
BIRTHDAY: September 21, 1992
NATIONALITY: Korean
BAND POSITION: Main vocalist
IDEAL TYPE: Someone who is noona-like (“noona” = a woman who is older) and will take care of him and treat him well. He also likes a girl who is pretty when she smiles, has a faithful personality and an open mind.
FUN FACT: His main specialty is singing high notes (and even participated in a high note battle against fellow EXO members Xiumin and Baekhyun).
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: A super sweet smile
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This Is Adorable: Seungri Spazzing Over His Chart Rankings

Seungri’s second mini album Lets Talk About Love is now available on iTunes and it has already made quite a splash. The album, which was timed perfect with Big Bang’s seventh anniversary, has a lot to live up to. Seungri’s first mini-album, VVIP, which was released back in 2011, sold over 40,000 copies.

But from the looks of things, Seungri may already be on track to beating that number. The album has been taking over iTunes charts worldwide. As steamy as these new songs may be, we couldn’t help but release a communal “awww” at Seungri’s excitement over his ratings.

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Check out why this album’s so popular below:

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Kal Penn Responds to Being Called A “Racist Asshole” for Stop and Frisk Remarks

Earlier this week, actor Kal Penn put himself in the line of fire.

A federal judge had ruled that the Stop and Frisk Policy was unconstitutional and called for the New York Police Department to create a policy specifying where stops would be authorized. Many people fear that the Stop and Frisk policy would simply create an opportunity for racism, but Kal Penn seemed to disagree.

Penn shared a New York Post op/ed which argued for the benefits of the policy:

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Needless to say, the public was outraged and saddened by this support. Tensions rose further when Penn responded to a particular statement concerning the Black and Latino community.

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After days of enduring the public outrage, Kal Penn decided to speak up and share his side of the story:

“Twitter is great for communicating with fans, and for hearing new perspectives. Twitter sucks when you’re trying to explain your views on something complicated and nuanced that needs more than 140 characters. Or so I’ve learned.

Obviously, I am not a constitutional lawyer (and have never played one on TV). These days I tweet mostly about tacos and acting, but on Tuesday, I tweeted a link to Mayor Bloomberg’s op/ed on the “stop & frisk” decision, and in a matter of minutes I became a racist asshole who deserves to eeaaaat shiiiiiiiit. Huh?…”

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“Arrow”‘s Celina Jade Is a Straight-up Triple Threat

SHE CAN SING, SHE CAN FIGHT, AND SHE’S REALLY SMART, TOO. THE HONG KONG-BASED TRIPLE THREAT MAY BE HOLLYWOODS’S NEXT ACTION STAR. By Ethel Navales, photo by Ken Yeung.

 

It only took a week for Celina Jade’s career to take an abrupt turn. A few days after sending in her audition tape for The CW’s Arrow, the action-adventure television series based on the DC comic book character Green Arrow, Jade was on a plane from Hong Kong to Vancouver. She had landed the role of Shado, a skilled martial artist and archer on a mission to rescue her father. “I had no idea how Shado’s character was going to develop. I had no idea she was going to be more than a one-episode gig,” says Jade of the iconic comic book character introduced midway through the first season of the show. “It was a total mystery, and I went into my first ever U.S. television series shooting in a tank top in freezing cold, rainy weather, lying in wet grass.”

Apparently, wet grass is the least of Jade’s worries. She de- scribes being punched in the face and dropped onto a concrete bridge, and then laughs, saying bruises are a part of the job. “I’ve been doing martial arts ever since I was a young kid,” says Jade, who was raised in Hong Kong by her Chinese mother and American kung fu star father, Roy Horan. “My father never had a son, so he taught my sister and me how to fight.”

But it wasn’t martial arts that first lured Jade into the entertainment industry. At the age of 14, she landed a record deal after winning an Asia-wide singing competition. She later moved on to songwriting, inspired to have more of a say in what she sang. But in the midst of her rising fame, she suddenly found herself at a crossroads.

At the peak of her singing career, Jade’s studio asked her to quit school in order to focus on singing. “I decided to terminate my contract to continue my education because I realized I was not really becoming somebody I admired,” she says. Staying true to her word, Jade got a degree in management at the London School of Economics before pursuing her dreams of performing.  “It’s really nice for me, in my opinion, to have an education because by having an education, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do,” she says. “I can maintain a sort of integrity within the entertainment industry and, worst case scenario, I can always get a normal job.”

But upon returning to the industry, Jade discovered that things didn’t always go as smoothly as one would like. Times had changed and all those offers of fame were nowhere to be found. “I was at the low of my career,” she says. “I remember my bank account was nearing nothing because I hadn’t had a job in a while. I hadn’t met the right person to sign up with. I didn’t know if I wanted to sing or act, and I was really losing confidence because there’s a lot of luck involved in what we do.” She prayed for a sign — something to tell her that she was doing the right thing. As it turned out, she didn’t get a sign — she got three.

In the span of one week, a number of little things added up: a successful performance at a wedding solved Jade’s financial crisis; she was recognized from one of her films by a very enthusiastic fan; and, after opening up to a friend about possibly leaving the industry, her friend told her, “No, Celina, you can’t. We really hope that you succeed because it’s the dream that we never had the chance to pursue.” Taking her cue from these signs, Jade decided to give acting another chance.

And it’s a good thing she did. Today, when Jade is not in Vancouver filming (Arrow was just renewed for a second season), she’s in Hong Kong rehearsing for an upcoming rock and roll musical, Good Morning Hong Kong. Although Jade’s schedule seems overwhelming at times, she emphasizes that the key is to not overthink it. “The happiest a person can be is just to live in the moment and live it fully,” she says. “I don’t think about it — whatever comes, I’ll tackle it and ride it.”

This story was originally published in the Summer 2013 issue of Audrey Magazine. Get it here.

Event Recap: “The Grandmaster” Premiere in NYC

Yesterday morning, Zhang Ziyi made a guest appearance on Good Morning America in front of Times Square, New York. To counter the gloomy weather, Ziyi wore a stunning Vionnet Resort 2014 drop-waist ribbed dress.

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But that was only the beginning of the day. Despite the rain, Zhang Ziyi was all smiles because last night was the premiere of the much-anticipated Chinese martial arts film, The Grandmaster.

The film also stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love). Directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster follows the life of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (also known as the trainer of equally renowned Bruce Lee) during the chaotic time after the fall of China’s last dynasty.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to see this film. The Grandmaster will be released in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in on August 23rd and nationwide on August 30th.

Can’t wait that long?
Download Tony Leung’s Red Carpet Interview here
Catch Red Carpet photo’s here
And See Afterparty photo’s here

Photo Credit: AmandaScwab/StarTraksPHOTO
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Top Ten (GIF Worthy) Reasons We’ll Miss Cristina Yang on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

One of the original and most beloved characters of Grey’s Anatomy will take her leave in 2014. Five-time Emmy nominee and one-time Golden Globe winner, Sandra Oh, who has played the “brilliant but demanding” Cristina Yang since the ABC medical drama began in 2005, will take her leave at the end of the season.

Oh spoke to Hollywood Reporter and said, “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go. It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the ‘Grey’s‘ writers to think of why she’s going to go.”

However, this was still a difficult decision. Oh admits to needing quite a bit of therapy to prepare herself for the life-changing decision. Although many others have left the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, including Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight, creator Shonda Rimes points out that Oh’s exits feels different and bittersweet. Rimes reassures fans that she will give Cristina Yang the exit she deserves.

“Letting go of such a huge part of my life … I want to cry right now,” Oh said. “‘Grey’s’ has been the most important role of my life. Playing Cristina and growing her and growing myself in her, I want to usher her into the next section of her life in the best way possible. It’s got to be Cristina Yang’s happily ever after.”

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Truthfully, it’s hard not to be sad over the news of Yang’s departure. Despite her rather cold and sarcastic personality, she provided a view of Asian-Americans in main stream media that the world was unaccustomed to. No longer did we see the shy and bashful Asian character who innocently followed behind lead characters. Cristina Yang was ruthless, bold, driven and abrasive. She had no problem being the golden center of attention– in fact she strived for it. Not only was this an Asian character with a strong personality, this was an Asian woman that was a force to be reckoned with.

In honor of Cristina Yang’s contribution to Asian-American presence in the media (a rather badass presence if I may add) we’ve decided to put together a list of Top Ten (GIF Worthy) Reasons We’ll Miss Cristina Yang:

1) She Appreciates Brains Over Beauty
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2) She’s Sarcastic
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3) She’s Brutally Honest
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4)She Knows What She Wants
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5) She’s Confident
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6) She Tells You What You Need To Hear
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7) She Doesn’t Let Anyone Walk Over Her
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8) She’s Independent
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9) She Strives For Greatness.. And She Knows It
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10) And Despite The Rock-Hard Exterior, She’s Always Loyal To “Her Person”

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Dis/orient/ed Comedy Show in San Francisco on 9/07 – Win Tickets!

Haven’t heard of Dis/orient/ed Comedy? Well sit back and read up because this is a show you won’t want to miss. Dis/orient/ed Comedy is making history books by being the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour! This show will provide a showcase for local up-and-coming Asian American female comedians and feature exciting comedians from throughout the country.

“Our mission is to highlight the powerful and funny voices of Asian American female comedians – emphasizing the diversity of comedic talent as wide-ranging as a Japanese former import car model, a high-energy South Asian transgender boi, and an Egyptian-American female grouch.”

The comedy tour is headed to SAN FRANCISCO for two different shows on the same night. Because we love our readers and because we think you ought to check out this show, you can now use the discount code “AUDREY1” to purchase pre-sale tickets at http://disorientedcomedy.com for the discounted price of $12. Act now – the code will expire on Sept 3rd!

Want to win some tickets? We’re giving two tickets away to the show. Just share this post on your Twitter and FB – don’t forget to mention @disorientedcomedy and @audreymagazine! Contest will end on September 4th. 

SHOW INFORMATION:
Dis/orient/ed Comedy SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 (2 Different Shows) 7PM Show & 9:30PM (Doors Open 30 minutes before showtime for pre-show refreshments)
Southside Theater at Fort Mason Center (Marina District) 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tickets Purchase: http://disorientedcomedy.com

Asian American Couple Jailed and Accused of Murdering Adopted Daughter

An Asian-American married couple from Los Angeles are jailed in the Middle East and accused of murder with intent for allegedly starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter, Gloria.

According to freemattandgrace.com, Matthew and Grace Huang were in Qatar because Matthew, a Stanford-trained engineer, was working on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup Improvements. With them were their three children- all of whom were adopted from Africa.

On January 15, 2013, Gloria suddenly died and the couple was arrested shortly after. The couple is charged for intentionally starving the child for the purposes of human trafficking despite the fact that there is no actual evidence that the couple ever harmed or mistreated their children.

The Qatari doctor who conducted Gloria’s autopsy concluded that her cause of death was dehydration and wasting disease though supporters in the U.S. argue that such a conclusion doesn’t add up. Gloria’s history of eating disorders and malnutrition, as well as the health risks that arose from them, are not taken into account.

It is, however, not a stretch to assume that malnutrition played a hand in the child’s death. Huffington Post reports “Their daughter, who was severely malnourished in early childhood, would periodically refuse food for several days and then binge eat or get food from bizarre sources, such as garbage cans or from strangers – a behavior her parents traced to her impoverished upbringing and were trying to address…The behavior is not uncommon in adopted children who have suffered from severe malnutrition in their past.”

The claim that she was starved, however, doesn’t seem to add up. Gloria was seen walking around the day before she died. If starvation were the cause, she certainly would not have had the strength to do so.

Despite Gloria lacking any physical evidence of abuse, the investigative report theorized that the adopted children were bought for organ harvesting and perhaps for medical experimentation. Yes, we agree- this is a rather harsh accusation to make.

Even more alarming, the report suggests that theres no legitimate reason to adopt these children who were not “good-looking” and did not share their “hereditary traits”. U.S. supporters argue that this abrasive comment is due to a culture gap. In America, adoption is accepted and perfectly normal, but it is a foreign concept in many countries in the Middle East.

The couple’s other two children are being cared for by their grandmother while the trial continues. The Huangs have been imprisoned in Qatar for over six months as they await their trail. The penalty if found guilty? Death.

Many U.S. supporters are fighting back against what is described as an unfair cultural misunderstanding. Let us know what you think.

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Asians in Fashion | Carine Roitfeld’s “Singular Beauties” for “Harper’s Bazaar” September 2013

Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and current editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, has developed quite a successful reputation. To add on to her list of stunning work is her new feature in Harper’s Bazaar September issue. “Singular Beauties” is said to be “an homage to the diversity of women” and thankfully our community has recognition within this diverse group of women.

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The first Eurasian supermodel (and Bazaar fashion editor from 1962 to 1972), still breaking barriers at age 83.”

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Modeling’s blonde Asian, reinventing her look at age 27.”

 

 

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A lithe beauty at five foot nine.”

 

 

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A Japanese beauty with poetic presence.”

Watch the behind-the-scenes footage below and check out the entire feature here.

 

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! 7 Health Benefits of Coffee For Women

I picked up a lot of things from college: a more clear sense of the person I want to be, experiences I’ll never forget, a degree to help me move forward in this world-

Oh, and an addiction to coffee of course. 

Between the all-nighters, finals, and early classes, it was difficult not to grab a cup of joe to get through the day. At one point, I was surprised to find a particular emotion associated with this habit: guilt. Every time I felt I needed coffee to get through my day, I would feel as if I was doing something wrong.

Originally, I had believed that this may be because of my Asian upbringing. I grew up with the rumor that drinking coffee will stunt your growth (trust me, I definitely don’t need any more of that) and a general stigma around the drink. My parents created this idea so early on that I can still recall my first sip as a young girl. I got a thrill thinking I was doing something all the adults did (as if it were somehow as dangerous and bold as alcohol).

I then realized it wasn’t an “Asian thing” at all. Nearly everyone I met seemed to have that same sort of guilt when they had more than a single cup of coffee. How could something so good and addicting possibly be good for your health, right?

Well now we can all take a sigh of relief. Those whispered rumors that coffee may actually be good for you apparently have grounded evidence after all. Let’s all celebrate with a cup of coffee while we go through the various health benefits of coffee for women:

 

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1) ANTIOXIDANTS GALORE 
According to a study from researches at the University of Scranton, coffee is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. In fact, its the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. A single cup of coffee offers 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants compared to 294 milligrams found in a cup of tea and 76 milligrams from a banana. What does this mean? A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine reports women who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day are 25% less likely to die of heart disease (for women and men, this percentage is still a hearty 18%). The antioxidants even help prevent diseases associated with the liver.

2) A CUP OF HAPPY 
Many women drink a cup of coffee as a pick me up. I’m guilty of dropping by a Starbucks to get an energy boost or simply to feel more hyper. As it turns out, the long term effects are even better. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who regularly drink coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression. In fact, the more coffee regularly consumed (up to six cups), the less likely it was for the woman to gain depression.

3) HELPS YOUR SKIN 
A new study from Brigham and Women’s hospital discovered that women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma/skin cancer (Men had a 9% decrease). If course this certainly doesn’t mean we should ignore our sunscreen.

4) BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
The New York Times reports that caffeine “has been proven to increase the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream which enables people to run or pedal longer.” It is no surprise that athletes often consume coffee prior to a game/match/ etc. After all, coffee is a completely legal way of boosting one’s energy.

5) LOWERS RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES
According to Science Daily, the consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee a day was linked to a 25% decreased risk of developing Type II diabetes. The American Diabetes Association points out that this decreased risk is especially prominent with younger and middle-aged women. Of course, this is only when coffee is consumed in moderation.

6) LOWERS RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S
Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to 60% lowered risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a 32%-60% lowered risk of Parkinson’s. The lowered risk has been consistent in studies for years though researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly why.

7) CUP OF SMART
Caffeine temporarily boosts cognition, especially when one lacks sleep. While we definitely don’t suggest swapping a couple of cups of coffee for a couple of hours of sleep before a test, caffeine will improve the performance of the sleep-deprived. CNN reports, “Reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence. And most Americans are sleep-deprived most of the time.”
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