Awesome Story of the Day: KevJumba Builds School in Africa With YouTube Views

For many who watch his videos, Kevin Wu, better known as KevJumba, is known as a funny man.  With original and comedic videos like “Nice Guys” and an appearance on CBS’ The Amazing Race with his father, Kevin has gained a substantial and loyal following (4+ million subscribers strong).  Recently, on The Huffington Post, Kevin describes how his audience helped him help those in need, on a continent on the other side of the globe.

Back in 2009, Kevin began his YouTube charity called JumbaFund.  From this channel, all ad revenue from viewer hits would go directly to charity.  For the first two years, money from the channel went to various charities.  But after a life-changing trip to Nairobi in 2011, during which he taught a classroom of 5th graders, Kevin made the decision to donate his incoming ad revenue from JumbaFund to The Supply — a group that “creates and runs secondary schools based on an innovative low-cost school model focusing on localized education, service learning, and financial sustainability.”  After raising over $50,000, the KevJumba High School was opened in Lenana, Kenya.

Though the school is named after him, Kevin does not take all of the credit for this incredible act and remains humble, blessed and grateful to his viewers:

Celebrities tend to receive most of the credit when it comes to philanthropy. I am aware that my efforts could be categorized as such, however I feel that the real credit deserves to go to my viewers – without them, it would not be possible for me to support The Supply and KevJumba High School. I feel incredibly blessed that I can use YouTube to provide a platform for the voices of so many children that go unheard. These children deserve a chance. Imagine, with the opportunity to educate themselves, children in the slums around the world could grow up to become doctors, lawyers or teachers – to improve the quality of life of their families and their community. We have all had mentors in our life – people to help guide us and make good decisions. Thanks to my viewers who support my cause and the work on the ground being done by The Supply, we can all play a role in making the difference in the education and lives of these children.

 

ASIANS IN COMICS Appreciation Post

Comic-Con may be over for the summer, but the fandom behind it is as enthusiastic as ever. The San Diego Comic-Con, which gains thousands of attendees yearly, is still fresh in the minds of many so its not a surprise to me that comics have made its way to being one of the main topics of discussion these past couple of weeks.

One question I was asked was which character I would cosplay as if I were given the opportunity to do so. I found myself hesitating. While I can acknowledge that the Asian presence in the American comic book industry has been making quite some progress, the list of Asian comic book characters that I could choose from still felt slim. To prove my point, my friends laughed while suggesting the only mainstream Asian woman character they could think of off the top of their head: X-Men‘s Jubilee (or apparently if I wanted to be daring, I could also be The Walking Dead‘s Glenn).

Now one could argue that I don’t have to choose an Asian character just because I’m Asian, but quite frankly thats not the point. There’s a reason why we get so excited when we see even one Asian character pop up in a series. You have to give us a break here- it doesn’t happen all too often.

With that said, the Asian presence is slowly, but surely, increasing in numbers. Writers, artists, and even Asian characters have been popping up everywhere and upon closer examination, I realized that the list of characters to choose from was more than I had originally presumed. Much to my delight, it became clear that there are a number of notable Asian figures making strides in the comic book industry. There are people who are working so that in time, I will have more characters suggested to me aside from Jubliee and Glenn (Don’t get me wrong, of course. I’m sure I’d make a lovely Glenn).

It only feels right that we take some time to showcase and appreciate some of these notable Asian comic book characters and the Asian artists behind these works. Lucky for us, this list seems to be growing more everyday.

 

CHARACTERS:

(Women)
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Cassandra Cain- A Eurasian fictional character in DC Comics who serves as one of many Batgirls (part of the Batman franchise). A gifted warrior, Cassandra Cain was born and trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. Cassandra was deprived of speech and human contact. Instead, she was taught to read the physical movements of humans in order to determine their next move. Cassandra is the first Batgirl to get her own Batgirl comicbook series.
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Jubliee-A Chinese American mutant within Marvel’s X-Men franchise. Known for having the superhuman ability to create “sparkles” from her hands. Although the youngest member of X-Men for quite some time, she was also a prominent figure during the 90’s era. More recently, Jubilee had lost her mutant powers, but was infected with a vampiric virus and currently has the abilities of a vampire.

 

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Psylocke- A fictional character in Marvel Comics most known for her appearances in the X-Men franchise. Psylocke made her first appearance in UK Comic book Captain Britain which stars her twin brother. Psylocke’s mutant powers begin as telepathy and she eventually acquires telekinesis.

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Lady Shiva- Mother to Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, Lady Shiva is also a character from DC Comics. She is an assassin known for killing her targets with her bare hands. Her popularity increased when she became more involved with the Batman franchise characters including the famous fights with her own daughter, Cassandra.

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Lady Deathstrike- A Japanese Marvel Supervillain. Lady Deathstrike’s father was Lord Dark Wind himself who created the adamantium-bonding process (This is the indestructible metal alloy used on Wolverine’s skeleton and claws).Lady Deathstrike had adamantium bonded to her own skeleton. After her fathers dramatic end, Lady Deathstrike focused on seeking vengeance for his death. She is a foe of the X-Men and aims to kill Wolverine in particular.

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Karma- A Vietnamese mutant part of Marvel’s X-Men franchise. Karma was among the “boat people” fleeing Vietnam during the war. Her mutant power is the ability to control the mind of others. She is one of the five founding members of the New Mutants (a group of teenage mutant superheros-in-training) and she is one of the first lesbian characters in such a well-known comic-book franchise.

(Men)

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Ryan Choi (Atom) - A DC Comics fictional super hero. Born in Hong Kong, Choi was a protege of Ray Palmer. Palmer had a sudden disapperance and Choi moved to Ivy Town to take over his Palmer’s position as a professor at Ivy University. What he didn’t expect was to find Palmer’s “bio-belt” which can control the size and density of its wearer. Under Palmer’s blessing, Ryan becomes the new Atom.

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Captain Steel- Although this DC Character was not originally Asian, in DC‘s “New 52″ reboot which featured a parallel world, it was revealed that Captain Steel was Pilipino. Although DC had Pilipino characters prior to this, Captain Steel was the first Pilipino superhero. Suffering from a congenital defect causing brittle bones, his scientist father created a metal substance to replace his bones and unknowingly gave him super human strength.

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Tony Chu- A Chinese character from Image Comics, Tony Chu is one of few Asian American characters who is the lead of his own book, Chew. Chu is a police detective who is a “Cibopath” – he can take a bite out of anything and get a psychic read of what happened to them/it. It is in this manner that he solves his crimes.

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Glenn (The Walking Dead)- A young member of the original Atlanta survivor group- a group of random strangers who must work together to survive an undead apocalypse. He is described as a selfless character who takes dangerous risks for the benefit of the group and thus becomes a vital member for their survival. His character increased in popularity due to the hit horror television series based on the comic book of the same name. His character is played by Korean American actor, Steven Yeun.

 

CREATORS:

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Jim Lee- Arguably the most known and decorated Asian-American comicbook artist, Korean-American Jim Lee began his career as an artist for Marvel Comics and he became a household name with his work for the X-Men franchise. In 1992, Lee joined forces with serval other artists to create Image Comics where he worked on WildCats. Adding on to his impressive resume, in 2010 Lee was announced as Co-publisher of DC Comics. He has worked on popular franchises such as X-Men, Batman, and Superman.

Leinil Yu
Leinil Yu- A Pilipino comic book artist who currently serves as one of Marvel’s major Asian-American artists. He began his career at Marvel by working on Wolverine. Pleased with his work, he was then asked to create art for Fantastic Four, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, and New Avengers. Yu has also done some work with DC such as Superman:Birthright with prominent writer Mark Waid. Additionally, he was the conceptional artist for the 2005 film Serenity (written and directed by Joss Whedon)

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Whilce Portacio- Pilipino comicbook artist who was discovered in a San Diego Comic-con by a Marvel Comics editor. He was offered a position at Marvel to ink artwork and as a penciller. He is one of the seven co-founders of Image Comics and has also worked with DC Comics. While working on Uncanny X-Men became co-creator of the character Bishop. He has worked on many big titles including Punisher, Batman/Superman, Stormwatch, X-Force, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Factor, Alpha Flight, Batman, The Darkness and he is the creator of the series Wetworks.

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Marjorie Liu- A novelist and comic writer most known for her work with Marvel Comics. She has written for the X-Men/Wolverine franchises with works such as NYX, X-23, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men. She is also known for writing the first ever gay wedding in comics.

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Jo Chen- A comicbook artist and writer most known for her painted comicbook covers. She worked professionally in the Asian comic book industry before beginning her career with DC Comics in 2000. Within DC, she has worked on major titles such as Thor and the Batman & Robin Franchise. She is most known for her work as a cover artist for Runaways (A Marvel comic book series) and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to comics, she has done artwork for videogames such as Fable and Final Fantasy, and has created a manga series.

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Dustin Nguyen- A Vietnamese-American comic book artist who has worked with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Wildstorm. He has worked on popular Batman titles such as Batman, Detective Comics and Batman: Streets of Gotham. His cover art includes other major DC titles such as Batman Beyond and JL: Generation Lost. In addition, he has worked on projects such as Batgirl, Justice League Beyond, and a new digital series titled Batman: Li’l Gotham. When he’s not working on comics, Nguyen is also a conceptional artists for toys, games, and animation.

Get This Anime Look | Fashion Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki Films

Scores of anime fans gathered over the July 4th weekend for the Los Angeles Anime Expo, none more enthusiastically than cosplayers in detailed home-made costumes. And Comic Con, the nation’s largest comic and animation convention, wrapped up this weekend in San Diego.

Outside of conventions, however, it’s not so easy to emulate your favorite characters in everyday life. It is a very special workplace that allows cat ears, for example, on the job. To pay homage when you’re, say, buying milk as opposed to camping out for a panel, requires subtlety.

I thought I’d take a stab at it. And where better to start than the most critically acclaimed and popular animated films of the past two decades? Yes, I’m talking about Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films, which aside from being visually breathtaking, consistently rest on the shoulders of strong female protagonists.

Here are some Studio Ghibli-inspired outfits to keep the anime love going every day.

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki OutfitKiki is a thirteen-year-old witch leaving home for the first time to seek her fortune in the port city of Koriko. Her signature black dress rivals Holly Golightly’s, though Kiki’s is far from little. Sporting long sleeves and a generous cut, it billows behind her in the air. Add a belt for a figure-hugging silhouette.

The outfit makes good use of red accents that pop against the black backdrop of the dress. With the help of a floppy red bow and dainty ballet flats, standard bag lady uniform is transformed into the look of an ambitious and independent young witch.

As us ordinary folk can’t exactly walk around followed constantly by a cat (though there are those lucky few), hint at Jiji, Kiki’s black cat and best friend, with a cat-shaped ring. Throw some nautical earrings into the mix as a nod to Kiki’s fondness for Koriko.

As for the broom, well that’s up to you. I hear the Firebolt is quite good.

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie OutfitSophie is a quiet and unassuming hatter. When she is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she stows away aboard the moving castle of the enigmatic wizard, Howl, in order to remove her curse.

While Sophie may not be the most stylish among the heroines here, it is her cleverness and strength that saves Howl from his fate, bringing peace to their land and restoring her youth. Furthermore, she’s done what eludes most women, rocking the same outfit in both her youth and old age.

Start with a cornflower blue dress detailed with ruffles or neatly-lined buttons. A relaxed denim dress also does the trick. A pair of solid brown boots anchors the outfit, saying to the world, “My dress might border on frumpy, but I can still kick ass.” Which, now that I think of it, is essentially a theme of the film.

An orange gemstone is reminiscent of Calcifer, the flame that powers the castle and that only Sophie can tame. Bird silhouette earrings evoke the dark secret at the heart of Sophie’s story.

In the movie, Sophie wears both a red hair bow and a straw hat. If you find the combination a bit overwhelming in real life, you can tie a braid together with a red bow or top it all off with a straw hat in the style of your choice. A boater sets you apart from the fedora-loving masses. Okay, any hat stands out these days, even if it was mass-produced in a factory and not by Sophie’s loving hand.

This is America – even a hat of humblest beginnings can come to be part of an extraordinary outfit. Dream big, guys.

 

Howl OutfitMetrosexual is a good adjective for Howl, a wizard caught in the midst of an epic war, but his life does depend on keeping up appearances as he evades the draft with the help of his moving castle and a series of false identities.

Howl’s wardrobe staples are slim black pants and a relaxed white blouse, upon which he vainly piles layers of jewelry. Evidently he has never taken Coco Chanel’s advice. His jewelry is an eclectic mix of pretty trinkets and meaningful pieces like the ruby ring connecting him to Calcifer. Purists can find jewelry that match his piece for piece. You can also put together a unique collection of personal pieces and those that just bring out your inner magpie.

This is a perfect transitional look for fall. Howl’s patchwork pink and blue jacket is difficult to find in the wild, so substitute with a peacoat in similar shades. As the days get chillier, a frayed black scarf adds another layer of warmth while referencing Howl’s fowl alter ego. In warmer weather, a feathered hairpiece does the same trick. Keep shoes simple with black ankle boots.

This outfit also works for Halloween, if you’re eyeing trick-or-treating as a kaleidoscope.

 

Spirited Away

Chihiro OutfitChihiro is a ten-year-old girl who moves into a new neighborhood and finds herself in a surreal world of spirits and monsters, including the witch, Yubaba, who turns her parents into pigs. Although all the neon in her look may be daunting, consider it an upgrade from your outfits when you were ten.

A relaxed ombre lime top gives a nod to the ombre trend and Chihiro’s colorblock green t-shirt. Fight the heat with some heat of your own in the form of hot pink shorts. Tie your hair into a high ponytail and wind a dragon bracelet around your wrist in honor of Haku, the river spirit that befriends Chihiro.

Finally, slip on a pair of yellow sneakers so you’re prepared in case you need to race against time to save your parents from being pigs. For some especially angry thirteen-year-olds, that’s every day.

 

Princess Mononoke

San OutfitMononoke being a Japanese term for a spirit or monster, the heroine of this film is actually a girl named San who fights on the side of the forest and its supernatural guardians against rampant resource consumption by humans in the Iron Town.

In the sweltering summer heat, ditch the fur cape and hat for a cool, streamlined look. San layers a white tank over a black slip dress. You can do the same, or find a colorblock black and white top to pair with a black skater skirt.

To evoke the necklace of teeth that keeps San’s cape around her shoulders, add a shark tooth necklace. Grab one of the beachy hemp ones you inevitably collected in middle school or go classy with gold. Any necklace with a triangular pendant will do, really.

A pair of white pendant earrings brings attention to your face. The gold trim on this pair works with the gold of the necklace to pull the outfit together. Add a smear of lipstick as red as San’s face paint as the finishing touch.

It’s a minimalistic approach to Princess Mononoke, with the elements of her look pared down to the very basics, but her fierce strength still shines through. And whether you spend your days in a tree to prevent it from being chopped down or just own a recycling bin, I’m sure you’ll agree that minimalism keeps resource consumption low, which is totally in line with San’s passion for the forest.

Although if you’re currently residing in a tree, this might not be the most practical thing to wear.

 

My Neighbor Totoro

Mei OutfitSatsuki and Mei are sisters who move into an old house with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. While Satsuki attends school, Mei’s curiosity leads to the discovery of Totoro, a big friendly creature living in the giant tree just behind their new home.

Mei does all her adventuring in a casual pink sleeveless dress, which she layers with a white blouse. For an updated look, replace the puff sleeves with long ones. Mei is a girl who ascribes to function before form, and she’s all set with bright yellow accents that contrast with the pink and white of her ensemble. While traipsing around the village on Totoro-related missions, Mei keeps her feet comfortable in yellow mary janes. Her yellow satchel frees up her arms pick up the mysterious acorns she finds and holds them for safekeeping.

A few pieces of jewelry reference Mei’s first meeting with Totoro: acorn earrings like the ones she finds in a trail leading to Totoro’s hiding place, and a leaf-shaped necklace that could have been plucked off Totoro’s massive tree itself. Finally, sweep black nail polish onto your fingertips and see if you can convince anyone that you were catching soot spirits like the ones running rampant in Satsuki and Mei’s new house.

 

Of course, these are only a selection of Ghibli characters (or anime characters, for that matter). So tell us, what are some of your two-dimensional style icons?

Feminism and Go-Go Dancing? Get to Know ROLL MODELS Star Scarlet Chan

You may know her as the “loud and crazy” girl from the K-Town reality show. Maybe you know her as the self-proclaimed feminist model who has no problem discussing her ex-stripping days. Or maybe you know her as the badass from the new reality show Roll Models. Regardless of where you recognize her from, one thing is clear- this girl is here to stay. We were lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Scarlet Chan and get to know her past the girl we see on the show. Audrey Magazine talks childhood, feminism, and Roll Models with Scarlet Chan:

 

AUDREY MAGAZINE: How was it like growing up in Hong Kong and can you tell us a bit more about your childhood?
SCARLET CHAN: I lived there until I was about nine years old. I would say we grew up upper-middle class. Then when we immigrated to the States and its like ‘Oh you’re not upper middle class anymore. You don’t have a car. You don’t have a nanny. You kinda just have to do everything yourself.’ So it was a reality check. We had to grow up really fast. My parents divorced when I was seven so my mom being a single mother added an extra layer of hardship and struggle to deal with, but she did everything she could to make sure rent was paid. Growing up I got to do all kinds of extra curricular activities. She made sure she made enough money to pay for all that stuff so I’m totally grateful for it.

AM: Did young Scarlet have any idea that she would turn to performing or reality television?
SC: No, but I remember wanting to be a model. I wanted to be a model like when I was four. I saw some runway show on TV and I would try to do the catwalk in my house. My mom still teases me about it [laughs].  I remember wanting to be in the limelight at some point, but not reality TV and not in this kind of character either. I feel like the show painted me as a very specific character that I’m suppose to resemble – I didn’t expect that.

[Reality television] was never part of the plan, but I never really had a plan. Some people are like ‘I want to be an astronaut’ or ‘I wanna be a teacher when I grow up’. None of that really solidified for me. I was kinda like ‘Oh I’m really into swimming right now and now I’m really into playing this instrument’.  I kinda just went from thing to thing.

 

AM: So you started exotic dancing while doing research for a college thesis. Can you tell us about that?
SC: I was a Women’s Studies Major and the program that I was in at UC Santa Barbara is super progressive. They make sure to incorporate women and sex work as part of their lecture. Their whole motto is that its about the choice that women can make with their lives. Certain people in sex work were obviously forced into it, but then theres women that chose that type of profession  just because they really enjoy the work and they love it. I was always fascinated with it because I’ve always been very sexual. Seriously, growing up I was always kinda like ‘oh sex this, sex that’ and so were the rest of my friends so it was always pretty natural for me to be more drawn to that subject- especially for college.

I would have to say that I was curious about the sex industry and me deciding to write a thesis about it is not like “Oh I want to strip.” Its like “Oh, I’m doing this research paper… but really I wanna strip” [laughs]. That was like my excuse to get into it. It was a good learning experience I would say. Not only did I get to interview other women while I was working as an exotic dancer, but I journaled [my experiences] every night. [I journaled] how I felt, how much money I was making, what I would wear. I just documented everything for the span of three months and then I wrote my paper about it over a year and a half.

AM: You’ve called yourself an “Ethical Feminist” thats very proud of her sexuality. Can you explain that to us?
SC: [Ethical Feminism] is about being ethical about your womanhood and women kinda finding themselves and coming into their own. I always feel like theres that double standard that women can’t be intelligent, smart, and respectable, but at the same time also have this sexuality. You just can’t be both.  You can’t be of power and be in charge in the bedroom at the same time.

Growing up, I’ve always been very experimental with doing sexual acts. I feel like in highschool, I was the first to be sexually active among my friends and I got berated for it. There was a lot of slut-bashing during my adolescent years so for me, I’ve always just been fascinated about why people have such strong emotions towards a woman thats in charge; who’s sexual and proud about it and not hiding it. The ethical part is me saying you have to treat all your sexual partners with respect and its always with consent. [You both have to] acknowledge the fears that you have and the concerns that you have.  You have to have a good open dialogue about it. I don’t think enough people practice this type of sexual behavior and being a feminist I’m kinda like ‘Alright, I’m a b*tch thats in charge’.  Its not so much a power trip, but feeling empowered and being comfortable with who I am.
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AM: So you’re in the new reality show called ROLL MODELS. What can you tell us about your character?
SC: They put me in the show because I was actually introduced to go-go dancing and import modeling through Joe. The arch of the show is that I’m interested in it- I don’t wanna go back to stripping, but I want to find some kind of alternative that’s kinda in the middle so I figured go-go dancing and import modeling would be a good introductory step for me to make some extra money without dealing with stripping. I’m introduced, through Joe, to Michelle and Nikita. Both of those ladies have been in the scene for a long time and people actually know them and they’re super famous and popular within the import modeling scene.

AM:  You mentioned that in Roll Models you’re trying to pursue go-go dancing and import modeling. Was that something you always thought about pursuing?
SC: I do want to pursue it, forsure. It’s not something I’ve always wanted to do, but the opportunity just kinda presented itself and it makes sense at this time in my life because I definitely don’t want to go back to stripping- I’m too old for that. I’m too old, I’m too tired to deal with all the drama. [laughs]

AM:  Is Roll Models anything like your previous reality show, K-Town?
SC: No, not at all. Oh my god, not at all. Its completely different. I thought it was gonna be the same- everything behind the camera is the same, but its a whole different view. The cast is so different. First of all, they’re all girls. Second of all, they’re all nice until you piss them off and then they turn into a raging b*tch. The show is more about girl humor than any other show that I’ve ever seen.

AM:  Roll Models is already building up a lot of reactions from the public. How do you respond to the reactions that don’t like how Asians are portrayed on the show?
SC: Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but when I first started with the show, I already knew the producers for years and I know their heart is in the right place. Our whole goal is to put more Asian American faces on television or out in the media and I just don’t think there’s enough representation of it. I don’t wanna say bad representation is better than no representation because I don’t necessarily think this is bad representation at all. I feel like this represents a very narrow segment of the Asian-Am community. This is a little glance of what we’re all about. This is just one facet of a whole range of color and different characters out there. I feel like everyone knows that- theres not just one cookie-cutter type of Asian that exists. Theres a whole ring of different people.

So when I read that negative kind of response, I’ll admit that it does get to me, but at the same time I’m like you know what, I’m just gonna do what I gotta do and tune them out. I’m just being myself- I’m not here to represent everyone in the world. If they think another show will be more interesting, they should go produce that f*cking show. They shouldn’t try to criticize us trying to make a difference when they’re sitting back eating cheetos, not doing anything about it and just talking sh*t about the work we’re doing. Thats all I’m saying.


AM:  Is the Scarlet Chan that we see on screen the same as the Scarlet Chan in real life? Do you embellish yourself a little or is there a side of you that you maintain private and just for close friends?
SC: It’s pretty much the real Scarlet Chan. The only part I don’t show is when I’m talking baby voice and cute with my boyfriend. That’s really private. “Aww baby, I miss you” and all that sh*t- you don’t see that because no one wants to see that [laughs]. Its gross. Like I want to throw up in my mouth when I do that so I’m not trying to gross everyone out.

I just go balls to the walls. I don’t hold back. There are moments where I think I go too far, especially when I do confessionals. I kinda have this sense of regret after some of my confessionals. I’m like ‘f*ck, maybe I just took that to the next level,’ but not in a good way at all.  I think it was episode two or three of K-town when I lifted my shirt and flashed the cameras and I was like “My titties taste like garlic fries!” [laughs] I just said the first thing that came to mind and I immediately regretted it. I was so embarrassed. All my friends were laughing hysterically at me.

And for Roll Models, I acted even more ridiculous in every aspect.

 

AM:  Whats your most favorite and least favorite part about filming for Roll Models?
SC: Okay, my most favorite part would be getting to watch my other cast mates change in and out of their outfits.  I’m kinda a pervert. I love watching them change. They don’t know that, but now they’ll know that. [Laughs]

And that’s just one aspect of it. I would say the crew meal in between shootings, that’s probably what I love and miss the most. I feel like towards the end of the show, I realized that these girls are actually all really sweet and really nice. I feel like people pre-judge them a lot because they’re gorgeous and they tend to talk about themselves a lot, but then you peel all the layers back and when they’re just being themselves and when they don’t have to worry about their hair, their make up, and their outfit, then they’re actually really funny girls. They’re all really smart and they’re good at what they do. I feel like that bond that I have with these girls is what I miss.

What I don’t like is dealing with high-maintenance b*tches all day long [laughs]. I remember the initial three days of meeting all these girls, I was annoyed the entire time. I’m high-maintenance, but I keep a lot of those high-maintenance comments to myself. It took me a long time to find a commonality that I have with them. They’re really girly. They go to the gym and do yoga. I don’t f*cking go to the gym. I go surfing and I ride my bike.


AM:  What can we expect from the upcoming episodes of Roll Models?
SC: Theres gonna be a lot of T&A (tits and ass). There’s gonna be a lot of catty humor. This is what the show is about and I find it super funny- when girls make passive aggressive jabs at each other like “Oh, before I met you, I didn’t think I was gonna like you, but you’re not that bad.” [Laughs] You know what I’m talking about! There’s a lot of stank eyes being passed at one another then eventually a blow up, but of course there’s a make up session. Its girl bitchiness the whole time and I personally find it hilarious.

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Be sure to watch Roll Models here.

Get the Look for Back to School | Asian Models Edition

Sure, it may be the middle of summer, but in less time than you might realize, school will be back in session.  Though the thought of hitting the textbooks and late-night study sessions can be a bit of a downer, some back-to-school shopping may lift your spirits.  For this upcoming school year, ditch the college co-ed uniform of leggings and a t-shirt and take some cues from some our favorite models’ off-duty style.

 

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The first Asian winner of Ford’s prestigious Supermodel of the World contest shows off an easy, but put together look in her basic shift dress. Pair one with a low-rise, cut-out ankle boot — comfort and style in one! As for your books, a tote is a great alternative to the traditional backpack — and we love this polka-dot shopper from Target (inspired by Hyoni’s shopping bag!)!
(1 – James Perse, Woven Shift Dress; 2 – Emma Louise London, Feather Ombre Shift; 3 – See by Chloe, ; 4 – Ecote, Cut Out Lace-up Ankle Boot; 5 – Merona, Dot Tote Bag)

 

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Channel this Vogue Nippon cover girl’s cool, but quirky Parisian chic by pairing a simple skater skirt with a striped tee and a top-handle purse with lots of personality. But while we love Kiko’s ankle-strap heels for night, they’re clearly not campus-friendly; when heading for your classes, throw on a pair of sneakers in a bright, neon color for a fun burst of color.
(1 – T by Alexander Wang, Linen Stripe Tee; 2 – Topshop, Black Seamed Skater Skirt; 3 – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Too Hot to Handle Tote; 4 – Zara, Combined Sandal with Stiletto Heel ; 5 – Superga, Classic Cotu Sneaker)

 

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Take on the monochrome look like Park Ji Hye and pair an eye-catching blouse with a pair of well-fitted jeans and classic ankle boots. A navy blue messenger bag is the perfect complement to this black and white get-up (and the perfect carry-all).
(1 – Bonne Chance Collections, “The New Girl Blouse”; 2 – Zara Combined Blouse; 3 – Forever 21 Striped Georgette Shirt; 4 – Cambridge Satchel; 5 – Topshop Angeles, “Western Boots”)

 

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Another simple, but stylish piece to have is the romper or playsuit. Take cues from this Filipina model and find one that nips in at the waist. Worn with classic sneakers and with easy hair and makeup, it’s a no-fail, frill-free look.
1 – LOVE; 2 – Rag & Bone; 3 – Topshop; 4 – Keds; 5 – Aldo
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One of the stars of this year’s Fall/Winter Chanel campaign, Soo Joo shows us how to wear statement jacket. Make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral, so when the jacket is draped over your shoulders, it draws just the right amount of attention.
1 – Dorothy Perkins; 2 – Puma x Hussein Chalayan; 3 – Suno; 4 – H&M; 5 – Zara; 6 – Carven; 7 – Lanvin

 

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We’re in love with this simple, yet fashion-forward outfit from Liu Wen. Pair a structured skirt (or in this case, a skort — yes, shorts that look like a skirt) with a loose-fitting boyfriend tee. As for your footwear, while the Lancome model opts for leather ankle boots, we love the idea of a heavy sole leather sandal as a comfortable way to add edge to the outfit.
(1 – Monki Lerima Top; 2 – Zara Culotte Wrap Mini; 3 – Zara Two-tone Bowling Bag; 4 – Zara Mini Office City Bag; 5 – Topshop Fran Heavy Sole)

 

Catch our Summer Cover Girl Rinko Kikuchi in ’47 Ronin’ Trailer

The trailer is finally out for the long awaited ’47 Ronin’, the American adaptation of the real-life story of a group of samurai seeking to avenge their master. Keanu Reeves stars as an outcast who joins a band of ronin (samurai without a master or lord), led by Hiroyuki Sanada. Other actors rounding out the cast are Rinko Kikuchi, Koh Shibasaki, and Asano Tadanobu.

“Kiss Me Please” Brightens the World One Smooch at a Time

“All the things are solvable by kissing,” reads each picture in Japanese photographer Nagano Toyokazu’s photo series, the Kiss Me Please Project, in which his four-year-old daughter, Kanna, showers her world with kisses.

Toyakazu shares, “Whether it is a fight between a couple, countries, and people, it is quite possible that everything can be solved with a single kiss. With this in mind, my second daughter is expressing this idea by kissing different people and things. This project is to show that love can be spread and shared among the people. We hope that it would bring peace to the world.”

Lofty ambitions for a photo series, but as you look through the sun-faded photos of Kanna smooching plastic swans, Ronald McDonald, and one of those stuffed animal-car hybrids unique to Asia, you find yourself believing that the world’s problems can indeed be solved with kisses.

Toyokazu has been documenting his two daughters’ adventures for years. You can see more of their adorable photos here. Whether making silly faces or blowing kisses, Kanna and Miu are sure to soften even the grumpiest scrooge’s heart.

THE DAILY SHAG | Kim Hyun Joong is Back for ‘Round 3′

Brace yourself folks, today’s DAILY SHAG is a big one.

After almost a two year break in the Korean music industry, Kim Hyun Joong has finally made his comeback. The beginning of July marked a series of image teasers that created much anticipation for the release of his album ‘Round 3.’

The first teaser photo he released revealed his toned muscular body and charismatic tattoos which definitely sparked conversation amongst fans.khj1As he released more images, fans worldwide continued to get excited and you’ll definitely see why below.

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khj5jkh6Kim Hyun Joong’s attractive looks weren’t the only thing drawing fans in to his new album. For his long awaited return, he reunited with only the best of the best. Steven Lee composed the promotional single Your Story featuring Dok2 and Unbreakable featuring Jay Park, while renowned choreographers Lyle Beniga and Keone Madrid designed routines. He also worked with directors Hong Won Ki and Jo Soo Hyun, the director behind the music videos for Psy.

The pre-release of Unbreakable featuring Jay Park last week now has over 110,000 views.

‘Round 3’ is now available online and has topped the iTunes charts for the dance category in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, and the US. While we wait for the album to be released in stores next Monday July 29, don’t forget to watch the MV teaser for Your Story.

Copy Right: Our Favorite Asian American YouTube Covers

“Mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery.” It’s a phrase that’s well-known and is undoubtedly true in the world of music covers, where artists take songs and put their own spin on their favorite tracks.

For many, like us here at Audrey, finding well-made covers of popular tracks is like searching for gold — it can be a hard search, and you may have to sift through a lot of crap, but it’s amazing once you find it.

Sure, there are thousands of covers online, but what makes these special? In a musical landscape that has yet to fully open up to Asian/Asian American acts, YouTube has emerged as a prime platform for young Asian American artists to connect with fans, show off their musical talents and share their own music, on their own terms — and that’s an amazing thing.

These “YouTube stars” have gained fame through their creative musical stylings of Top 40 hits, and some of our personal favorites are below!

 

Gabe Bondoc – The Way (Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller)

This stripped down of this ‘90s-Mariah Carey-esque song keeps the feel-good emotions of the song. Gabe’s soulful vocals coupled with the song’s loving lyrics and his skillful handling of Mac Miller’s raps are a perfect fit, making you almost forget that it’s a cover.

 

Passion – Somebody that I Used to Know/Are You That Somebody (Gotye/Aaliyah)

Just watch this.  It’s amazing.  Really.

 

Lydia Paek – Bad Boy (Big Bang)

The Quest Crew member, turned producer for K-Pop heavyweight YG Entertainment, (her credits include Park Bom’s “Don’t Cry” and Lee Hi’s “1234”) sings the Big Bang hip-hop ballad with an effortless cool that makes you want to put this on repeat. Lydia and Bigbang’s Taeyang have also joked about covering GD’s “In the End,” and with this cover proving her musical chops, we hope they end up following through.

 

Jeni Suk – Suit & Tie (JT)

Jeni puts a slower, R&B vibe on JT’s “20/20” debut single, a perfect take on the track, if you ask us.

 

AJ Rafael & Albert Posis – That Should Be Me/Wedding Dress (Justin Bieber/Taeyang)

In this early morning cover, this duo skillfully combines these two ballads, likely much to the delight of both Beliebers and VIP’s (Justin Bieber and Bigbang’s fandoms, respectfully).

 

Joseph Vincent & Jason Chen – “I Want it That Way” (Backstreet Boys)

If you’re a ‘90s kid, there’s no doubt that you know the words of this song. Joseph Vincent and Jason Chen channel their inner boyband and take on the BSB classic (with a cute video to match!).

 

Paul Kim & David So – “I Need a Girl” (Taeyang)

The soulful Paul Kim teams up with funny man David So and guitarist Abe Lim for this almost-too-sweet-for-words cover of Taeyang’s K-Pop hit.

 

Us – “We Found Love” (Rihanna)

Michael and Carissa Alvarado, who make up the über-talented duo Us, strip down the Rihanna hit and impress with their beautiful harmonies. Knowing that they’re together in real life makes the cover pull at your heartstrings that much more.

And while these are just a couple of our picks, let us know what some of your favorites are!