Adorable Cosplay Tribute to the ‘Big Hero 6′ Oscar Win

 

This week has been all about the heart-thumping moment when Disney’s Big Hero 6 was announced the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature. Not to mention, yesterday marked the movie’s Blu-Ray and DVD release. It’s been a great week for Disney and the celebration continues!

Not only were the Big Hero 6 directors smiling from ear to ear after the win was announced, onlookers were celebrating in front of their TV screens as well. That’s especially true for a particular cosplayer named Jin.

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Jin’s uncanny resemblance to Hiro has spread like a wildfire through the internet, and it even landed a special spotlight with Buzzfeed. Jin’s connection with the animated doppelgänger went beyond looks as Jin points out on Tumblr, “It would have meant the world to me if as a little kid, I had a character like Hiro to identify with and look up to and feel like it was okay to be me,” Jin explains. “To help me feel that being smart and even being a little weird-looking were good things. And I would have felt more like I could be brave and brilliant and inspirational too.”

To honor of the big win, Jin’s latest photoshoot plays with the idea of Hiro actually attending the Oscars. This definitely brings to life a moment we’d love to see.

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“Baymax, you’re looking sharp!”
“Sharp? I am concerned that this would be harmful to my huggable design.”
“It’s just an expression!”

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“Tadashi, this is for you”

That last one is certainly a tear-jerker. To see more of Hiro, Tadashi and Baymax cosplays be sure to check out Jin’s Tumblr.

 

How Disney’s Tsum Tsum Craze is Taking America By Storm

So what’s a Tsum Tsum and why are people so obsessed with them? Maybe it’s their round shape. Maybe it’s their reasonable price tag. Maybe it’s because these plushies come in the form of Disney characters we know and love. Whatever the reason may be, it’s pretty hard not to be obsessed.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, you may be wondering what a Disney Tsum Tsum is and where they came from. In Japanese, “tsum” means to stack. Therefore, “Disney Tsum Tsum” literally translates to “Disney Stack Stack.” Fittingly, these adorable little Tsum Tsum are stacking (sorry) America by storm.

Tsum Tsum originated from a Japanese LINE mobile app. In the game, players must connect the stacked Tsum Tsum together in a Tetris-like way. It’s simple, adorable and addictive. More importantly, the concept was full of merchandising opportunities.

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Image courtesy of Fone Arena

Since Disney is Disney and Japan is Japan, it’s no wonder that real life Tsum Tsum plushies were first released in Japan in 2013. Proving to be a huge hit, Disney’s Tsum Tsum were soon released in America and have since become the latest craze. During a recent trip to the Disney Store, a Disney Store employee confided in us that her boyfriend had to tell her to stop buying Tsum Tsum in order to stop an oncoming addiction. Who can blame her though? Available in small, medium and large sizes, all the Tsum Tsum are stackable in real life too.

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As of now, Disney is slowly dipping into an infinite pool of gold by licensing characters from their movies into Tsum Tsum plushies. If you are fan of say Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmations or Cinderella, you can get a Tsum Tsum of all your favorite characters. And if you’re wondering/anticipating the inevitable Frozen Tsum Tsum collection, fear not! Frozen Tsum Tsum will be available starting March 3rd on the Disney Store website and at a store near you.

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And let’s face it. No one is able to monetize capitalism more adorably than Disney.

 

 

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Ryan Potter on Voicing One of Disney’s First Multi-Ethnic Characters

 

Why can’t everyone stop talking about Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film, Big Hero 6? Well, during a time when the Academy Awards are heavily critiqued for a lack of diversity, it’s movies like Big Hero 6 and shows like Fresh Off the Boat that allow Asian American audiences to see characters who actually look like us (and aren’t villainized or in the background).

We spoke to Ryan Potter, the voice of Hiro Hamada, back in December during KoreAm & Audrey‘s annual awards ceremony, Unforgettable. After joking around about Asians knowing the best places to eat, he pointed out that what really makes our community so special is that we always support one another.

“There’s really no competition with one another for roles,” Potter explained. “If one of us is suited for a certain role better than another, it’s kind of like ‘Hey, I’m just happy one of us got it and the role wasn’t changed to another ethnicity.’ We all have each others back.”

This support within the Asian American community was certainly evident with everyone’s positive reaction to Big Hero 6‘s Oscar win. In our more recent interview with Ryan Potter, he recalls the very moment he realized that Hiro is one of the first multi-ethnic Disney characters, and what that could mean for the future of films.

“I remember someone told me, ‘How does it feel to be one of the first multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Disney characters ever?’ I was like, ‘Well there’s Mulan– oh wait, no. Pocahontas– wait no.’ Tadashi and Hiro are really the first multi-cultural Disney characters ever,” Potter says. “It’s the 54th title. From here on out, I can only imagine what Disney’s gonna come up with. [Big Hero 6] was definitely groundbreaking and I’m very honored to be able to be apart of it.”

Check out the rest of the interview below:

We don’t know what’s next for Potter, but we do know we’re rooting for him. And for those of you who are still unconvinced that Big Hero 6 is important to the Asian American community, consider what sort of effect it can have on children. As one of the writers for The Nerds of Color points out:

I, for one, am glad for Big Hero 6 and all its flaws. I’ll hope for a sequel or two that will feature — yes — more complex female characters, more men of color, and dare we hope queer people of color too? My daughter will sit in my lap, as she often demands for films that have any action in them, so she can turn her head into my chest if she feels like it’s too scary. I thank Big Hero 6, for the simple and necessary fact that in those moments, that the only person on the screen who looks like her daddy is not the villain.

 

Don’t miss out. You can purchase the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand today!

 

 

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Asian Community Offended By Apple’s New Yellow Emoji

Previously, Apple’s emoji humans only came in one shade: White. Thankfully, Apple seems to have finally realized that there is such a thing as a non-white customer (in fact, there are quite a number of us), so they decided to integrate diversity into their emojis to appeal to the masses. As a result, emoji humans will have six different skin tones, there will be flags from various countries and there is even alternate family types for families with same-gender parents.

This all sounds great, right? Most people seem to appreciate Apple’s effort to be inclusive and in general, the new changes have been met with positive feedback. However, there is one major complaint that is upsetting countless people: The yellow emoji.

As Quartz points out, “There is a long racist history of using “yellow” to describe Asians” so it’s only understandable that the Asian community reacts negatively or suspiciously with these yellow emojis. Honestly, that skin tone is really only fitting for Lego people or for The Simpsons.

 


Of course, Apple has tried to remedy this situation by saying the yellow emoji is not representative of Asians. Instead, it’s a default “non-human” color. Apple analyst, Rene Ritchie explained, “The yellow emoji aren’t meant to represent a skin tone. They’re default emoji yellow. Tap to hold to get one of the five skin tone choices.”

Apparently, we’re all supposed to understand that humans do not come in that shade and Apple never meant to suggest that Asians are yellow. Do you believe him? Tell us what you think.

 

 


 

‘Ms. Marvel’ Becomes Finalist for First-Ever McDuffie Diversity Award

 

We couldn’t contain our excitement back in 2013 when Marvel introduced 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager who is also known as the superhero Ms. Marvel. Khan is not only an Asian American superhero who can kick butt, she’s a woman we can look up to and relate to.

To highlight the fact that Ms. Marvel battles issues faced by many Asian Americans, comics writer G. Willow Wilson says that Kahn “struggles to reconcile being an American teenager with the conservative customs of her Pakistani Muslim family. Like a lot of children of immigrants, she feels torn between two worlds: the family she loves, but which drives her crazy, and her peers, who don’t really understand what her home life is like.”

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Much to our excitement, it was recently announced that the Ms. Marvel series is a finalist for the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity.

“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “[They] reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

Dwayne McDuffie was an accomplished comic book writer and television writer & producer who co-founded Milestone Media. He also worked on comic book titles such as DC’s Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Justice League of America and Marvel’s Fantastic Four. Although he passed away in 2011, this Diversity Award hopes to continue his vision of superheroes that can reflect all readers.

“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices — both in content and creators — is able to continue now through this award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Dwayne’s wife, Charlotte McDuffie.

The winner of this award will be announced at the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony which will be held at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28th.

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Incredible Makeup Hack: Use Red Lipstick to Get Rid of Dark Circles

 

If I’m being completely honest with you, there have been quite a handful of “all-nighters” in my life. Who hasn’t had to give up sleep for work, school or that unhealthy addiction to Netflix? Whatever the cause may be, you’re bound to have a few days where you can’t hide the missing hours of sleep– they show up on your face in the form of dark, unforgiving circles.

Sure, there are plenty of expensive products specifically made for dark circles, but these brightening products often don’t give full coverage or simply create unnatural white circles. Trust me, you don’t want those things either.

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Leave it to YouTube beauty blogger, Deepica Mutyala, to find the solution. As it turns out, we don’t need expensive products to cover up our dark circles. All we need is a red tube of lipstick.

I know, I know. Lipstick doesn’t sound like something you’d want near your eyes, but trust us on this. Mutyala explains in her video that the opposite colors of your blue and green circles are red and orange. As a result, putting some lipstick on your dark circles offers more coverage than a bright concealer.

The trick is to know your skin type and understand what shade of lipstick would best oppose your circles. For instance, those of you who have have lighter skin will probably want to stick with a peach color while those of you who have tan skin can opt for orange and red shades. Blend the lipstick, cover it up with your normal concealer and voilà! You’ll be able to fool anyone into thinking you got a full night of sleep.

Mutuala’s viral video has already gathered nearly 4 million views. Check it out for yourself and let us know if you have any other crazy makeup hacks!

 

 

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Jamie Chung Looked Stunning at The Oscars This Year

Okay, can we talk about how gorgeous Jamie Chung looked at the Oscars last night?

After all, we weren’t expecting to find much to be happy about. When nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced, The Academy faced harsh criticism over the obvious lack of diversity. So you can’t blame us for pouring all our hopes into Disney’s Big Hero 6 — it was one of the very, very few instances of Asian American representation at the Oscars this year.

In addition to being our favorite, Big Hero 6 also brought Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung to the Oscars for the very first time. Chung, who voiced GoGo Tomago in the animated film, got us excited even before the event started by showing us a sneak peak of her accessories and a photo of her getting ready on Instagram.

 

Turns out, we were right to be excited. By the time Chung walked out onto the red carpet in her Yanina Couture gown, she looked flawless.

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What could possibly be even better than Chung’s gown? Definitely her adorable excitement for the Oscar win. Luckily for us, she let out all her excitement on social media.

 

#Bighero6 we’re BIG Winners tonight!! So proud of this team!! Woohoo!!!!! #oscars2015 #bestanimation winners!! A photo posted by Jamie Chung (@jamiejchung) on

Yes!!!! #Bighero6 darn that thing weighs about 15 lbs!!! Love you guys!!!

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I don’t know about you, but we’d definitely love to see more of Jamie Chung in the Oscars to come.

 

 
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Five KFC Items You Can Only Get In Asia

We’re not in Kentucky anymore.

Like many major fast food chains, KFC has expanded its reach across the globe. When I visited Beijing in 2009, it felt as if there was a KFC and McDonald’s on every block (why they were always paired together, I will never know). I soon discovered it was a mistake to assume that the KFCs in Beijing served the same items as the ones in America. How else could you explain these scrumptious KFC blueberry egg tarts?

Of course, blueberry tarts aren’t the only unique item you can find in KFCs across Asia.  Below we’ve listed five items you can only find in KFC menus in Asia. Enjoy!

 


 

1. Pumpkin Biscuits (Japan)

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Image courtesy of Food Beast

Forget pumpkin spice lattes. To celebrate Halloween, KFC Japan decided to take the pumpkin flavor and create pumpkin biscuits. Sure, adding pumpkin to the biscuits doesn’t sound like much of a stretch at all, but it’s the thought that counts. Unfortunately, it seems to have been a limited time deal in 2014. Sorry.

 


 

2. KFC Double Down Dog (Philippines)

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Image courtesy of Rocket News

Have you ever eaten a hot dog and wished that the bread roll was made out of fried chicken instead? I can’t say that I have, but someone else clearly since certain KFCs in the Phillipines offerhot dogs wrapped in fried chicken. Is this the greatest or the worst thing ever? The jury’s still out.

 


 

3. Blueberry Pancakes (Singapore)

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Image courtesy of etrangle

Here in America, we don’t exactly think of KFC as breakfast food, but it’s a different story in some Asian countries. In Singapore for instance, the KFC AM set includes blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and a freshly brewed coffee/tea. That’s one way to start out the day.

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4. KFC Rice Bowlz Veg  (India)

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Image courtesy of YouTube

“Chicken” may be the C in KFC, but we salute KFC for having vegetarian options. According to the website, the rice bowl if filled with rice, gravy and vegetarian strips. It sounds like a good guilty pleasure for vegetarians, indeed.

 


 

5. Chicken Porridge (Indonesia)

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Image courtesy of KFC KU

Congee, or rice porridge, is a traditional breakfast meal in many Asian countries such as China. In Indonesia, KFC has put their twist on congee by topping it with fried chicken strips. Time for breakfast, kiddos!

 

Less is More: “Normcore” Springtime Makeup Trend

 

Normcore has to be one of the most confusing trends I’ve ever encountered. For those who aren’t too familiar, the “normcore” trend was birthed in late 2014 as unisex fashion with pieces that are unpretentious in an attempt to look “normal.” Such pieces include over-sized dad pants, plain tees and Birkenstocks paired with tube socks. To me, it all sounds like an early 90’s throwback. But i-D best explains the confusion by pointing out, “the purposeful nonchalance regarding appearance made its way into fashion, and suddenly the unplanned became planned.”

Somewhere in the mix, this paradoxical trend inspired a new makeup look also called “Normcore.” Some Korean makeup artists drew inspiration from the Paris Fashion Week F/W 14, noticing that the models were sent down the catwalk with minimum makeup except for some color around the eyes. More recently, Marc Jacobs reinforced this trend even further in his S/S 15 collection. According to i-D, Marc Jacobs models “weren’t wearing any make-up. Not just that “no-make-up make-up” style. Really, no make-up.”

With Spring right around the corner, I’m excited to try out this trend even if the name is super misleading. Coming from 2014, where it was all about the graphic brows and the Kim K contouring, I’m ready to stop covering up and start shedding the extra layers of makeup. It’ll be refreshing and most importantly, it’ll give my skin some time to breathe.

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Normcore makeup is all about being soft and lightweight, but impactful. No heavy foundation, only key coverage, no heavy contouring and no sharp eyeliner. When it comes to the eyes, you want to showcase deep eye sockets and your brow bone. So for eyeshadows, be sure to stay with warm matte colors like gold and orange hues. For more on application, you can watch a couple tutorials below.

Although this video does not have subtitles, you can still get an understanding of normcore make up by watching this video. Feel free to skip ahead to 2:18 for the tutorial:

 

Here’s a bolder variation of the look:

 

All photos courtesy of Jung Saem Mool.

 

Sneak Peek: Introducing Our Spring 2015 Cover Girl LUCY LIU

 

That’s right! Our Spring 2015 cover girl is none other than the incredible Lucy Liu. Throughout the years that Lucy Liu has been in the entertainment industry, she has broken the mold for Asian Americans in countless ways. Be on the look out for our exclusive cover story which proves this actor, director, UNICEF ambassador and fine artist is so much more than meets the eye.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the issue? Click here to purchase it or to subscribe to Audrey Magazine. For now, check out what Audrey’s editor-in-chief Anna M. Park has to say about seeing Lucy Liu for the very first time:

When Ally McBeal first aired in 1997, I watched with interest. After all, back then, I too was a young lawyer in a downtown law firm. Of course, we didn’t get to wear skirts that short, and cases never went to trial that often nor that fast, but it didn’t matter. It was a nice 45-minute escape every Monday, the worst day of the week when you’re in a career you hate.

A year later, I got hooked on the show, and it definitely had nothing to do with those ridiculous dancing baby delusions. Ling Woo, played by then-newcomer Lucy Liu, was introduced to the firm. Who is this woman, I thought, and … why do I find myself loving her? Not everyone liked her, of course. Cries of “Dragon lady!” and “Exoticized geisha!” abounded. But I think that simplified the character. From her quicksilver tongue to her curtain of perfect hair, she was different from any other woman of Asian descent I had seen on TV or film. Someone I wished I could be at times — strong, assertive, not afraid to say it like it is.

Over the years, Lucy Liu has become a bona fide star, the first actor you’d name under the category of Asian American actors. And yet I’d forgotten how much of an influence she’s really had in entertainment, her star big enough to host Saturday Night Live, present at numerous Emmy and Academy Awards, even play herself in an episode of Sex and the City. She’s broken the color and gender barrier so many times, most recently in her role on Elementary as Dr. Joan Watson, the first time the Sherlock sidekick has been played by a woman, and an Asian woman, no less.

And yet for all that, it’s her artwork that really impresses me. Seemingly simple at first glance, but look close up and there is so much depth, so many layers. I’m hardly an art critic, but Lucy’s work gives me more of an insight into who she is than a wealth of IMDB entries.

 

Story by Ada Tseng 
Photos by Jeff Vespa
Stylist: Ashley Avignone, The Wall Group
Makeup: Rebecca Restrepo
Hair: Danielle Priano

 

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