Top Stories of the Week: More Asians in Comics, Nina Pham’s Ebola Update and The Inspiring Malala Yousafzai

1) Marvel’s Newest Superhero Is An Asian American Woman (READ HERE

 

 

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2) Update on Nina Pham: The U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus From Patient (READ HERE

 

 

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3) ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 (READ HERE

 

 

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4) Filipino Basketball Prodigy Kobe Paras Commits to UCLA, Gains Thousands of Fans (READ HERE

 

 


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5) Top 10 Reasons Malala Yousafzai Is An Inspiration (READ HERE

 

 

 

Filipino Actor Uses Makeup to Transform Into Female Celebs

 

Paolo Ballesteros, a Filipino host and actor, has suddenly been making headlines internationally. Surprisingly, it’s not his acting and hosting skills that’s given him viral attention. It’s actually his unbelievable makeup skills.

Before all this international attention, the 31-year-old was most known for his acting, modeling and hosting. More specifically, he was known for one of his earliest hosting gigs on the television show “Eat Bulaga.”

Recently, his Instagram account has jumped up to nearly 500,000 followers and understandably so. In addition to photos of his adorable daughter Keira, his Instagram is filled with unbelievable makeup transformations. In fact, Ballesteros currently known as the man who can transform himself into any female celebrity using makeup.

That’s right. Looks like Michelle Phan has some competition when it comes to being the ultimate makeup guru. With the help of skilled contouring and wigs, he has transformed into Drew Barrymore, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, and even Ariana Grande. Needless to say, he looks nothing like the girls he transformed into.

Because of his interest in makeup, many who are unfamiliar with Ballesteros have questioned his sexuality. Apparently, he has never minded the question. After all, this isn’t the first time. He has portrayed many gay roles in the past causing fans to question his preferences. Ballesteros has confirmed that he is heterosexual and clearly, he has no problem going against the gender stereotype which says makeup only interests women.

Check out the transformations below!

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Beyonce

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Seoul Fashion Week: Street Style

 

Seoul Fashion Week continues its progression of non-stop runway shows and exhibitions, but a runway isn’t the only place to get some fashion inspiration in Seoul. Simply step outside and there’s interesting styles to be seen all around. A look at two of our favorite street fashion photographer blogs reveal what is favored by attendees of the six day event. Winter is quickly approaching and these fashionable individuals know how to stay warm while still looking amazing.

Layering numerous tops and sweaters under oversized coats seem to be loved by all for fighting off the chilly fall days. We still see the trend of pairing skirts and dresses with warm tops, but as always, people have their own way of presenting individual tastes and styling options, some even doubled up their outerwear. There is definitely a preferred color choice by SFW’s attendees, and black seems to be it. From black on black outfits to black pieces with pops of color, nearly every street style contained the dark hue.

Another major street trend appears to be leather. Leather and mixed-media garments and accessories have been favored for quite awhile, and continually make revamped appearances throughout fashion history. Seoul city dwellers provide an ample amount of inspiration for wearing leather, and even how to soften up the tough style with flowing blouses, subtle prints and casual wear.

Below are a few of our favorite street looks from Seoul Fashion Week.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Recap: FACTOTUM

 

Designer Koji Udo continues with the tougher moto style trend while mixing in some military aesthetics and tailored fits for the FACTOTUM spring and summer 2015 presentation. The collection is named “Various Life”, which is fitting since the collections draws its inspiration from visited landscapes and people met along the way. All these layered elements that make up the world surrounding us is what Udo hopes to present in his clothing. Strong notes of denim and faded camouflage complement the light, khaki tones of bomber jackets and moto vests for his menswear collection. His line seems befitting to the current streetwear trends for fall and winter, but he plays it up with some colorful, punchy patterns for spring to avoid feeling completely washed out in neutrals.

While most designers end the runway shows with a finale of all their designs, FACTOTUM gave a graphic visual of antonyms. His always clean tailored pants were dressed with tee shirts bearing sayings like “Hope And Despair” and “Badness And Goodness.” These are all words that humans attach themselves to emotionally and are all a part of various lives.

Below are a few images of Udo’s spring and summer 2015 presentation for Tokyo Fashion Week.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All photos courtesy of MBFW Tokyo.

 

 

 


Unforgettable 2014: Introducing the Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award

 

For the very first time, Royal Salute, one of the most coveted and admired luxury spirit brands in the world, will honor one deserving individual from the Asian American community with their Mark of Respect Award. This award will be presented at Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s Unforgettable 2014, a celebrity-studded event dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year. This awards and entertainment gala will take place Friday, December 5th at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.

“As Royal Salute aspires to always begin where others end, our extension of the international Mark of Respect Award to the U.S. is our way of continuing Royal Salute’s tradition of paying tribute and honoring leaders in the Asian community here in the U.S.,” said Wayne Hartunian, Vice President, Scotch & Cognac, Pernod Ricard USA. “The brand will continue to celebrate inspirational leaders that exemplify the highest level of excellence in to their respected fields and community.”

 

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The Mark of Respect Award winner will be chosen by an esteemed selection committee comprised of three individuals who are also leaders and notable names in the Asian/ Asian American community.

·Stewart Kwoh, founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
·Lisa Ling, television journalist, best known as host of “This is Life with Lisa Ling”
·James Ryu, Publisher of KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine

Earlier this month, Royal Salute held an exclusive dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to launch the Mark of Respect Award. The dinner allowed attendees to meet and greet with the selection committee and discover why Royal Salute carries such a legacy.

 

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The recipient of Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award will be announced soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on the performers, award recipients and honored guests who will make an appearance at this year’s Unforgettable!

 

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Seoul S/S Fashion Week: Designer SONGZIO

 

Seoul Fashion Week began last week in Seoul, with top designers, including VanHard di Albazar, BYUNGMUN SEO, MOOHONG, Line OR Circle, SONGZIO and more. The first day of Seoul Fashion Week, which primarily showcased menswear, was undoubtedly a hit, but it appears that designer SONGZIO’s collection grabbed exceptional attention.

According to the official website, the SONGZIO philosophy is as follows:

“SONGZIO exemplifies Zio Song’s design identity: Aspiration. Aspiration is what represents SONGZIO’s ambition. Every single piece of clothing is a visualization of his inspiration. His work symbolizes the odyssey of a young master, referred to in Korean as 도령 (Doryung), who achieves his progressive ideals through his elegant yet fearless journey. The protagonist of the brand is the young master who is an elegant poet, a painter, an artist, whose oriental elegance SONGZIO interprets through it modern eyes.”

For the first day of Seoul Fashion Week, SONGZIO’s collection hit the runway with designs that emphasized unique stripe patterns and silhouettes using monochromatic hues, mainly black and white.

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His show also attracted attention when South Korean actor Cha Seung-won who was originally an in-demand fashion model before turning into a successful actor. It looks like his attention is back on the runway. Cha Seung-won took charge of the collection’s opening wearing a chic, all-black suit that was followed by other monochromatic designs with coral red and toned-down blue hues. The entire collection maintained unity under restricted colours.

 

Let’s take a look at some of his top designs.

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And the designer himself.

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–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
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Save The Date: Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal Present UNFORGETTABLE 2014

 

It is our pleasure to present Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable. This high-profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year, and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

Unforgettable promises to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year for the Asian American community. In addition to the awards ceremony, the gala will also include highly-anticipated performances, a gourmet three-course dinner and a hosted after-party for its audience of over 500 Asian American professionals, celebrities and high-profile community leaders

 

When: Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 5pm
Where: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel
607 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

 

Check out some highlights from Unforgettable 2013:

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More information coming soon… 

 

Audrey Column: Do’s & Don’ts of Wooing a Girl in This Day and Age

 

Gen X’s guide to wooing a girl may not apply in today’s dating world, where boys don’t bother to get out of their cars to pick you up on a date, let alone stand outside your window with his heart on his sleeve. So what should Millennial women expect in this day and age? Columnist Paul Nakayama tells it like it is.


 

I’m a product of the ’80s and ’90s, and John Cusack was the actor that captured the spirit of my ideas on romantic love. I mean, when Lloyd Dobbler raised that boom box up over his head in the 1989 film Say Anything, forget about it — I, too, wanted to win the heart of a girl with some grand gesture. And thusly inspired, I might’ve captured a few hearts, but I sure as hell screwed up the long game with them all on my own. Now I see my nephew, a young man influenced by the love stories of today, like (500) Days of Summer and Her, where love seems elusive, and then I see him trying to meet girls on Tinder and Instagram, where love is literally elusive. In the digital age, the world seems smaller than ever, but if these movies and dating apps are any indication, it’s still just as hard to make a connection with someone and just as easy to screw it up once you do. So I asked the younger female staffers and interns at Audrey Magazine to give me their list of Do’s and Don’ts of dating. For some, I’ll pass on to my nephew. For others, the women are going to have to modify their expectations. Let’s start with the Don’ts:

 

 

“DON’T play with your phone during a date. If your phone is more interesting than your date, you shouldn’t be on a date.”
Totally agree, but we should broadcast this to men and women alike. Nothing makes a meal lonelier than starting to eat by yourself while your dinner companion struggles to think of a clever hashtag for her food porn photo. Then again, I have a policy where I get to eat your food if you’ve taken a photo of it, and a minute passes and you still haven’t tasted it, despite having already half-written a Yelp review. Also, they say your cell phone has more germs than a toilet seat — why you bringing a toilet seat to a date, bro?

DON’T try to get to know me through text messages as opposed to in person. Or worse, try to have a serious conversation or an argument — you’re asking for miscommunication.”
Actually, I’m not sure if I agree. By getting to know someone via texts, it’s like the modern-day equivalent of knights and ladies sending each other poetically drafted love letters full of better intentions, but instead of squires making the delivery, you’ve got rapid-fire thumbs. And even back then, I’m sure the greatest of romances wouldn’t have survived if the heroic knight kept mistaking “your” for “you’re.” Also, nothing defuses a fight like a well-timed, innuendo-laced autocorrect.

“DON’T send me a text about a beautiful sunset or cute puppy and how it made you think of me, and then send the same text to your mom and a bunch of other people. I want to know you’re just into me.”
I completely agree. Two things about this one: One, never text anything to your mom that you’d text to your girlfriend. That’s just your therapy trying to undermine itself. And two, do you guys know how to eavesdrop on text messages? ‘Cause I could have fun with that.

“DON’T play more than two hours a day if you’re a gamer, and that’s the max! I’d prefer only an hour if I had it my way.”
No. We’ve seen our friends who are married, and we know that’s the fate lying ahead, so we’re going to play our thumbs off while we can.

 

And now for the Do’s:

 

“DO use technology to your benefit. If a guy knows how to pay attention, he can find out a girl’s interests and plan a date around that. Read her blog entries, then talk to her about something you find interesting in her writing. Her status says she’s been craving ice cream? Go and surprise her with some.”
What I like about this staffer’s suggestion is that it’s condoning stalking as long as it’s used for the greater good, e.g., ice cream. It also indirectly suggests that girls stalk, too, so I say use that to your advantage. You can blog or update your online status with stuff that might pique a girl’s interests, maybe something about how you want to study for your MCATs, but you can’t think over the sound of your abs rocking hard.

“DO come to the front door when you pick us up for a date. Don’t just sit in your car and text us that you’re here.”
Absolutely do this. But likewise, let’s all be ready on time. I remember waiting for my date too many times to count, trying to kill time on the couch or at the front door or even outside. At least in my car I’d have the AC and music to keep me company — rather than pretending to have a conversation with her toy poodle, which honestly would prefer sh-tting in my shoes.

“DO pick up the phone and ask her out on real dates. While technology is great for an initial contact with the person you’re interested in, relationships can’t live via text/emails/online messaging!”
I’m assuming this is directed towards the guys you actually like, instead of the suitors you’re not that into. Because, believe me, those of us who aren’t lucky in dating try every angle to get a date — phone calls, texts, emails, tweets, pokes, status comments, Likes (even when we don’t like what you’re posting), “random” run-ins (you said it was OK to stalk), even courier pigeons (but just one because we don’t want to seem overbearing.)

“DO call me before 10 p.m. to ‘hang out.’ I’m not waiting around for your call — I’ve got plans, too!”
Waitasecond. These guys that the Audrey staffers are talking about — it sounds like whatever they’re doing is working. They’re calling at 10 p.m. and the girls still agree to hang out? I would plan a date a week in advance and get cancelled on at the last minute. I think it’s time to stop watching sappy movies. In fact, staffers, can you check the status updates of these guys and tell me what movies they’re watching?

 

 

–STORY BY PAUL NAKAYAMA
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

 

Video of Ebola-Infected Nurse Nina Pham in Hospital Bed

 

Earlier this week, Nina Pham, the U.S. nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her patient, released the following statement:

“I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers,” she said, according to the hospital. “I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world.”

 

Many believe Pham is in stable condition thanks to a blood transfusion from Ebola-survivor Dr. Kent Brantly. However, others have had some doubt about the true state of her condition.

For those who are curious and worried about the brave nurse, we finally have video footage of Pham sitting up in her hospital bed. The video was captured by her treating physician, Gary Weinstein, on Thursday before she was transferred to a National Institutes of Health isolation unit in Maryland.

Pham can be seen wiping away tears before joking and telling everyone to come party in Maryland. She also tearfully tells her doctors “I love you guys.”

 

 

According to NBC News, Pham is very tired from her long trip. After all, one of the main symptoms of Ebola is fatigue. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has reassured everyone that she is comfortable, interacting with staff and eating.

Apparently, Pham will have two nurses with her at all times as well as two others at the door. The hospital believes this buddy system will ensure that no breach in protocol will occur.

“We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital.”Dr. Anthony Fauci adds.

 

 

THE NORTH FACE Store in Korea Pranks Customers, Ad Goes Viral

 

The American outdoor product company The North Face, Inc. was initially designed for outdoor sporting goods. Their products deliver both functionality and style. However, for South Koreans, it means something else.

The North Face has gained wide-spread popularity among South Korean students, and is even seen as a fashionable “uniform.” Specific types of jackets, mainly the “puff jacket” and the “rain jacket,” are known to be the most popular designs that South Korean students purchase.

Unfortunately, all this popularity has also attracted negative attention as well. Students have found that many of them are being judged and stereotyped by their clothing choices. When it comes to The North Face, some student claim that wearing puff jackets makes others believe they are part of a gang.

For the sake of staying away from negative stereotypes, some students have stopped purchasing The North Face jackets. To counter this, the company has had to make some creative moves.

A Korean advertising agency working with The North Face created a prank for customers visiting the company’s pop-up store in South Korea through a promotion called, “Never Stop Exploring.”

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A video of the prank shows customers casually shopping until the employees run out of the store, locking the customer inside. Suddenly, the floor shifts and begins disappearing beneath the customer, leaving them no choice but to use the rock-climbing wall to avoid the fall. The shopper are then told they have 30 seconds to jump and grab a jacket which suddenly dangles from the ceiling.

Not only did The North Face raise the spirits of their customers by making them jump and retrieve a free jacket, the promotion also represents the proper image of the company.

The viral video was published on September 30, 2014 and has over 4,530,000 views.

 

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM