Feature Story | Body of Quirks: Iris
  • by Audrey Archives
  • May 28, 2013

Every woman’s face or body has a different story to tell. We may be bombarded by the mainstream media’s message of what beautiful is supposed to be, but we know that beauty comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Here, an Asian American woman proves it.

ISSUE: Summer 2011

DEPT: Features

STORY: Janice Jann

PHOTOS: Melly Lee

HAIR & MAKEUP: Joyce Luck and assistant Natalie Herrera for JLS

{ IRIS }

“When I hit puberty, it just … developed,” says Iris Chan. “No one knew where it came from.”

Yes, it’s what you’re thinking. At 5-foot-2-inches and a size 32DD, Iris is one lady who fills out a dress very well. While many Asian American figures lean more petite or lanky, Iris’ curves set her apart. But it wasn’t always a good difference.

“It was awkward growing up,” she says. “When I was a teenager, guys would make derogatory remarks and make me feel uncomfortable. Now, whatever attention I get, I feel it’s like the Asian porn star fetish thing.”

Iris used to try to detract from her hourglass figure with tattoos, by dyeing her hair purple and dressing “bohemian,” she says. But the 32-year- old’s since accepted that she’ll never look like the waify models she sees in magazines. Now, Iris dresses in well-fitting attire that complements her shape without being provocative.

“It’s a fine line,” she says. “Sometimes you get it wrong, sometimes you get it right.”

– Janice Jann

Joz is one of nine women Audrey featured in its Body of Quirks feature. Check out more stories here.

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