Brenda Song’s Steamy Photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine March 2014

Lets be honest here. Who doesn’t have a crush on Brenda Song? The former Disney star grew up as one of the few well-known, young Asian American faces in mainstream media.

Song began acting and modeling at the age of 7, but she is most known for playing the ditzy heiress London Tipton on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck from 2005 to 2011. Since then, Song has grown up quite a bit.

With the recent theory that Disney stars eventually fall into a “badboy/badgirl” phase or disappear from acting completely, Song has been praised for avoiding these pitfalls of a child actor. Instead, she has seamlessly transitioned into adult roles.

“Transitioning from child to teenager to adult is a difficult process for anyone,” Song tells Audrey Magazine. “But doing it in front of the camera, you can grow with your character, and I’ve been fortunate to grow in the right direction.”

Some of her various “grown-up roles” include parts on ABC’s Scandal, FOX’s New Girl and most notably the Academy Award-winning film, The Social Network. Currently, the 25-year-old plays Veronica on the FOX sitcom Dads, executive produced by Family Guy creator Seth Mac-Farlane.

To top it off, Song recently took part in a steamy photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine. Needless to say, Song has clearly grown up and is ready to flaunt it. Check the photos below.

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Throwback Thursday: Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013

Now some of you may be wondering why we have the SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) series to begin with. Before you judge, let us clarify a few things. This series was not created simply because we want to oggle at attractive men and base their worth on their looks. That would be far from our purpose.

This series was created because over the years we’ve recognized something very unfortunate. As Asians, we’ve been plagued by a number of negative stereotypes. Sure, we’ve been able to fight off some of these myths, but many of these stereotypes still continue strongly today. One of the most widely known? A stereotype against Asian men.

Asian men, for some unknown reason, have been labeled as unattractive here in America. 

Of course, mainstream media is largely responsible for this. Too many times have we seen Asian males stereotyped with traits such as short, skinny, nerdy and awkward. While it’s fine to have these traits, media is clear about its intent:  these traits are supposed to come off as unappealing to the public eye. Too many times have we heard that Asian girls can “date any race they want” while poor Asian men are left empty-handed.

Just look at the social media shots fired at New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde concerning her “scrawny Asian boyfriend.” With such a high number of racist stereotypes thrown at him, we really begin to see just how mainstream media has depicted Asian men.

Of course, we know better. Asian men can be just as attractive, sexy and appealing as any other. This series was created to counter the very incorrect stereotype Asian men have been facing for years. Whether its their looks, talent, sense of fashion or even intelligence, these men have proven themselves as desirable.

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we look back on the most popular SHAGs of the past year. We present to you the Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013.


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1) XIAN LIM 
“Who is Xian Lim you may ask? He’s only one of the hottest and most admired stars in Philippine showbiz. This Chinese Filipino actor, model and singer has received several awards and has been featured in a variety of films and television shows…”


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2) LEE BYUNG-HUN
“It’s no secret that I love Lee Byung-hun. And it’s also no secret that I want you to love him too. I came across this workout/training video of the South Korean actor recently – and heavens, it was just too special to not devote a entire post of screen caps to share with our S.H.A.G. fans (Audrey readers)…”


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3) JAY PARK
“Men’s Health Korea never fails to brighten up my month –every month. Kpop star Jay Park is this month’s cover boy and like all given cover boys of the past, he gives the world (um, fangirls) a look at his glorious abs and his tattoos…”


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4) DANIEL HENNEY
“It’s rare to feel the need to swoon, sigh, giggle (yes, the term “giggle” is actually appropriate here) and blush all at the same time. If you thought this overwhelm of emotions was impossible, then you clearly haven’t seen the latest photoshoot from today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), Daniel Henney.”

 


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5) SONG SEUNG-HEON
“Our latest S.H.A.G. (SMOKING HOT ASIAN GUY!) is none other than South Korean heartthrob, Song Seung-heon. Song Seung-heon is returning to kdrama-land with the MBC meloadrama When a Man Loves on April 3rd! While we don’t know how much of his abs will appear in this upcoming drama, but we can give you this picture for now to hold you over…”

Who Wore it Better: Vanessa Hudgens vs. Olivia Munn

Here at Audrey Magazine, we love both Vanessa Hudgens and Olivia Munn. Hudgens made it onto our list of “Top 10 Asian American High School Girls Next Door” with her character Gabriella Montez in High School Musical. Then she turned the tables and allowed us all to see her versatility in Gimme Shelter.

And we certainly can’t deny our love for Olivia Munn who was the Audrey Magazine cover girl for our Spring 2011 issue. In fact, we even came up with a list of “Top 5 Reasons We Love Olivia Munn.

When it comes to fashion, however, we can’t seem to decide who does it better. Hudgens was spotted a few days ago wearing Lulu*s  Those Were the Daises dress ($40;www.lulus.com). This is the same dress that Munn wore earlier in the month. Although it’s the same dress, the two rocked different looks: while Hudgens looked bohemian chic out and about in LA, Munn paired the dress with a leather jacket at LAX.

So tell us. Who wore it better?

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Get That Celeb Look: Maggie Q at “Divergent” Premiere

MAKE UP BY Mai Quynh for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Mai Quynh created a “soft and pretty” makeup look for actress (and Audrey Magazine cover girl)  Maggie Q that allowed her “natural beauty to stand out.” Quynh focused on using a dusty rose and soft plum palette to complement the actress’ dress and hair. The final look was “fresh and polished.”

 


FACE: Natural Complexion Paired with Rosy Pinks  

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-Quynh first prepped Maggie’s skin by applying RéVive Sensitif Renewal Cream, ($215) to the entire face, and then followed with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, ($33)

 

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-Next, she used a damp BeautyBlender sponge to apply Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation, ($46, NEW September 2014). She stated, “The foundation leaves the skin velvety and touchable. The matte finish is perfect so I don’t need to use too much powder.”

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-She then dotted Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-5, ($33) underneath her eyes and around her nose.


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-Quynh gently brushed on Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Golden Suntan, ($38) to Maggie’s T-zone using the Laura Mercier Powder Brush, ($52).


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-Lastly, she layered Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave Princess to her forehead, cheeks and chin. To finish the face, she applied Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Violet Orchid, ($25) to the apples of the actress’ cheeks.



EYES: Soft Plums and Browns

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-For her eyes, Quynh first applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, ($26) onto the lids, from the lash line to the crease.


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-Next, she mixed together Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Kir Royal, ($23) and Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Coffee Ground, ($23) and smudged both colors close to the lash line and blended it upwards, fading it into her crease. She then lightly smudged the same two shadows along Maggie’s lower lash line for added definition.


-Finally, she applied two coats of Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black to her top and bottom lashes.



Lips: Light Pink Pout  

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-Quynh kept lips simple and aligned with the “dusty rose” palette by applying Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Rosewood, ($27).

 

 

 

 

The Cutest Yuna Kim Impersonation Ever

When Yuna Kim fell short of defending her figure skating crown at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, an entire nation was outraged by the results. In fact, an online petition titled “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgment at the Sochi Olympics” was created to bring justice to her name.

In the midst of all the anger, some people pointed out that Yuna Kim is far from a loser. After all, winning a silver medal in the Olympics is an amazing achievement. In fact, Kim even shared her sentiments on the ordeal.

“I did everything I could, so I’m satisfied,” Kim told Korean TV network SBS. “I didn’t make any mistakes, but I wasn’t as perfect as I was during practice. So I finished second, but as I said, the gold medal was never important. I did all I could, so I’m happy.”

Many South Korean netizens point out that she is still a winner in their eyes. Now, we’ve found yet another reason she’s a winner in our book.

The adorable Yerin Park is seen here doing the cutest impersonation of Yuna Kim. She may not get all the moves right, but her heart is in the right place. Kim has clearly become an inspiration to many young girls.

Check out the adorable video below.

Get To Know Harry Shum Jr.’s Fiance, Shelby Rabara

When Harry Shum Jr. publicly announced his engagement earlier this month, hearts were broken everywhere.  Who can blame Shum-fans? After all, the talented heartthrob has been a fan favorite since 2009 when he first came onto television screens as Mike Chang in Glee.

For fans who are still heart-broken about the news of Shum’s engagement, you need not fear. Although your dream of meeting him and sweeping him off his feet may be over, he is in real good hands with his fiance Shelby Rabara.

So why not learn more about his soon-to-be bride? Here’s a few facts about Shelby Rabara to get to know the beautiful bride-to-be.


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1) She’s 31-years-old. That makes her the same age as Harry!


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2) She’s a Dancer and an Actress. She has had roles in some television series such as CSI, Community, My Name is Earl and Grounded For Life. She has also been in films such as 17 Again. Her roles often utilize her dance skills.


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3) Rabara acted alongside her fiance on Glee while playing a character named Shoshandra.


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4) She is of Filipino descent.


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5) The couple has kept their engagement on the down-low. Though we are just hearing about the engagement this month, Harry popped the question back in October during a Hawaiian vacation.


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6) The couple own a house together. Shun recently purchased a home in Los Angeles for the soon-to-be-wedded couple.


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7) Shum and Rabara own a puppy together.


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8) They’re awfully cute together.

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“It’s not what it seems” by Hikaru Chu

A 21-year-old Japanese art student has been attracting quite a bit of attention for her art. In particular, the work of Hikaru Chu seems to be gaining popularity because of her talented ability to trick our eyes.

Using acrylic paints, Chu has taken a number of items and has disguised them to look like something entirely different. She has titled the series “It’s not what it seems” and has given audiences a kick out of trying to guess what the object is without the disguise.

Chu’s attention to detail, color and texture proves that her talent is beyond her years. Check out the photo series below.

And trust us when we say her other art pieces are just as impressive and convincing. She has been able to make it look like a woman’s head completely detaches and a man’s back is made entirely of books. Don’t believe us? Take a look at her artwork for yourself.

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What appears to be a cucumber…
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… is actually a banana.
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What appears to be a tangerine…
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… is actually a tomato.

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… is actually an egg.
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What appears to be a daifuku rice cake…
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..is actually an orange.

59-Year-Old Casted For 16-Year-Old Role: A New Extreme For Asian Youth

Many Asian women have been told time and time again that they look much younger than their actual age. After all, there are now grandmothers who look as young as their daughters. While we generally get irritated about this youthful look in our twenties, we’re constantly reminded that this will be a blessing for us when we get older. “When you’re in your forties, you’ll be thankful,” strangers preach. As it turns out, some of us may be thanking our genetics even beyond our forties.

Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing is testing the limits of her youthful face. Taking Asian youth to a new extreme, the 59-year-old actress is playing a 16-year-old girl.

Xiaoqing has had quite a number achievements under her belt. Before turning 30, Xiaoqing acted in a number of films including her breakthrough role in The Burning of the Imperial Palace (1983) which earned her a number of awards at the Chinese film festivals. In fact, with three Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Role award, she holds a record for having won the most number of awards in the actress categories of the Hundred Flowers Awards.

Additionally, Xiaoqing is a business woman and a published author. In 1999, she appeared on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest Chinese businessmen and businesswomen.

Now Xiaoqing will focus on a new impressive achievement by playing a character who is more than four decades younger than her actual age. The drama, Lotus Lantern, has already stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

DramaFever claims, “Some Chinese netizens are sneering at her for acting with ‘a face full of Botox.’ Liu, however, feels that a woman should never give up on feeling beautiful at any age. The director of her new drama, Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties, also praises her as one of the best actors in China and says that young age does not equate to excellence in acting.”

Tell us what you think.

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Must-See Fashion From The Streets of Tokyo

For some, high-end fashion is far too intricate to understand. To those who are not accustomed to runway fashion, the models often appear to walk the runway in none other than clown costumes. However, to the trained eye, the outfits of these runway models are magnificent.

Similarly, to New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card, the bold fashion of Tokyo is nothing but spectacular. Japan is quite known for their bizarre fashion styles and attention-grabbing trends.

We’ve seen what happens when a Japanese school has no dresscode for graduation and so students decide to make the event a giant cosplay party. We’ve even seen some of the most bizarre of photo trends become accepted without question. So we can expect no less from Japan when it comes to fashion trends.

While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.

The 75- subject project is called “Tokyo Adorned” and focuses on the exploration of the culture behind this fashion.

“The thing I found absolutely amazing once I was on the ground in Tokyo was that the fashions were very much centered around the individual and less around the tribe,” Card explained. “In the early part of our production process, we were thinking of this as different tribes and groups that were very close and defined. I was thrilled when I got there to find that nearly all the girls really view this as an expression of themselves.”

 

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Breakfast Food From Around The World

If there’s one thing that joins people together, that would be food. In fact, people often travel the world with the goal to try new types of food. This happens so often that the World Food Travel association has coined the term Food Tourism which is “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.”

And why shouldn’t travelers be interested in new foods? Afterall, food can tell you much about culture, traditions and taste.

Now the old saying is that breakfast in the most important meal of the day. In honor of that, Buzzfeed recently decided to create the video “What Does The World Eat For Breakfast.”

In the video, we get a glimpse of a typical breakfast in various parts of the world. The video doesn’t seem to contain entire breakfast meals, but it certainly shows the most common breakfast foods of each country including the following Asian countries:
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Check out the entire video below: