Mother’s Day is this weekend – and to start off the weekend right, check out Mike Song’s ode to his mother, Linda Song. Of course, it’s in typical Mike Song fashion – it’s all done through dance. It’s quite possibly the coolest tribute dance video ever. Check it out!
While I’ll raise an eyebrow to the casting of a South Asian model for a character who is Middle Eastern, I definitely love the exposure of more South Asian models in major ad campaigns, especially for Indian/Spanish model Alyssah Ali (who interestingly enough, was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and raised in Canada). I’ll also highly suggest the collection for Sephora for any die-hard Disney fanatics.
To shop the collection, please go here.
Target seems to always bring in our favorite Asian designers for a collaboration: Richard Chai, Thakoon, Jason Wu, and recently, Prabal Gurung – and now – wait for it – PHILLIP LIM. Target officially made the announcement earlier this morning, naming Lim as the latest designer to join the ranks of other designers to produce a collection with the retail giant. The 100 piece collection (for women AND men) will make its debut on September 15, with pieces ranging from $29.99 to $299.99. The looks will feature “a classic fall palette of neutral tones and prints.”
Alright, this absolutely wants to make me skip the summer season and go right into fall. September 15 is too far away!
There’s only one Kpop queen in my heart – and her name is Hyori Lee. With the recent release of “Miss Korea,” you can understand how excited I am for her comeback (it’s since 2010!) to the music scene. As usual, she’s looking gorgeous as ever as a pinup beauty queen. I wonder what her next album will pack in store.
Check out the video below!
You can also check out more goodies related to Hyori’s comeback below!
So did you know that Audrey Magazine is celebrating their 10th year anniversary this year? We’ve got so many ways that we could celebrate the last ten years of our publication – and we’ve decided to partner up with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (the 29th Edition!) and ask some of the filmmakers and actors to reminisce about 2003 and their favorite memories of LAAPFF. Check it out below (you should also check out their films playing in the festival too)!
Already a success in NYC and LA, Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair’s latest film THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST will be released in several other major U.S. cities this Friday, May 3, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Nair sat down to give a behind-the-scenes look at her latest film:
Q: Can you tell us about how The Reluctant Fundamentalist portrays Pakistan, America, and the connection between them?
A: The joy of this film is that it reveals Pakistan in a way that one never sees it in the newspapers; with its extraordinary refinement, the searing poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, its heartstopping Sufi music and ancient culture that is confident in fashion, painting and performance. This world is fluidly juxtaposed with the energy of New York, the ruthlessness of corporate America and through our hero Changez’s love for the elegant, artistic Erica, a portrait of Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by Changez’s own family back in Lahore. Over the last few years, we have seen many films about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but always told from the American point of view. In our story, the encounter between the characters of Changez and Bobby mirrors the mutual suspicion with which America and Pakistan (or the Muslim world) look at one another. We learn that as a result of America’s war on terror, Changez experiences a seismic shift in his own attitude, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
Over the last two weeks, the photos of the Miss Korea 2013 contestants had gone viral around the web, causing a stir with debates over plastic surgery and standards of beauty (“One Dream, One Face”), among some issues. However, more photos emerged on the web – and this time, the revealed photos of the contestants sans makeup. Of course, disappointment ensued from Korean netizens, with commentary ranging from polite to downright insulting. Upon closer glance, when you compare the before and after photos side-by-side, it seems like the after photos are result of photoshop and not a result of plastic surgery (although it could all be arguable).
Plastic surgery or not, I feel that the Miss Korea 2013 campaign still promotes a problematic standard of beauty: that there is only one standard for us to follow. Check the photos below the cut. What do you think, Audrey readers?
Back in January of this year, AKB48 member Minegishi Minami was demoted to trainee status after she was caught coming out of her boyfriend’s home the morning after she spent the night. Since then, she’s been seen less in the spotlight, although she was seen sporting a wig in a past public appearance. However, Minegishi finally has spoken up about her scandal in an in-depth interview with Japanese womens’ magazine Fujin Koron, but was met with criticism because the interview didn’t seem heartfelt.
Click on to see more pictures below the cut!
Vivien Ong walks along the line of menswear and womenswear – while playing with wild prints and bold colors in this fun editorial for Elle Italia. Check out the rest under the cut!
DEPT The Market
Issue Spring 2013
Author Paul Nakayama
￼In an age where “check her out” means online and not from across ￼the room, columnist Paul Nakayama wonders if internet pre-screening makes for better and more efficient dating.
A lot’s changed in the dating scene in the 10 years I’ve been with Audrey Magazine. I was recently re- minded of how much that is true when my editors asked me if guys also engaged in Internet stalking, particularly prior to going on a date. I remember this little website called Asian Avenue where all of a sudden there was this tremendous pool of girls you could potentially date. I say “potentially” because there’s also this little thing called probability and the chances are that more girls just mean more “no’s.” But back then, if you put a person’s name in a search field, you didn’t get much. Whatever a girl wanted you to know, she herself had to plant. It was a tenuous representation at best and a case of Catfish usually. I mean, if you wanted to see some photos, you usually had to sift through fuzzy misrepresentations that had a lot of shadows or a conspicuous amount of floor plants covering her face. Or maybe it was just me, and I just happened to get IM’ed by girls that admired the style of Bigfoot photos. These days, it’s a wholly different battlefield.