How Are The Haikus with Hotties Calendar Votes Going? Check Out The Rankings So Far.


We’re collecting votes until Tuesday, August 25 at 11:59PM PST to see who we should pursue for our 2016 Haikus with Hotties calendar, and starting today, we’ll be giving you Daily Hot Five charts so you can see how your hottie is doing and determine when it’s time to rally up the fanbase.


Check it out:



How To Do the New Twisted Updo From Fall Runways


It’s August and in many parts of the country, the heat is only just starting to reach its intensity that will take us through the usually sweltering month of September. Good news for sun worshippers; bad news for those of us eager to whip out those gorgeous fall coats and boots we lovingly gazed at on the fall runways practically eons ago.

But one thing we can wear off the fall runways now is the new twisted take on the updo seen at shows from Chanel to Victoria Beckham.



The twisted updo at Victoria Beckham.


Sure, you can twist and secure with a gazillion bobby pins, but seriously, who but the most finessed of self-hair stylists among us can or are willing to do that on a hot summer day? Celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa (she’s got a whole line of new cool hair products at Target) gives us an easy way to do the ‘do with her new Wrap Up. An inner wire makes this the easiest way to do the new twist, and it comes in three shades to suit all hair colors. (It’s also super easy to use the Wrap Up to do the top knot, half-up top knot or traditional chignon, if you are so inclined.)


Sarah Potempa Wrap Up

Sarah Potempa Wrap Up


1) First, smooth hair into a ponytail by spraying a flexible hairspray on to a styling brush, like the SARAHPOTEMPA On Set Styling Brush. Secure with a strong elastic.

2) Then pull the hair from the ponytail through the SARAHPOTEMPA Wrap Up and pinch closed. Slide the SARAHPOTEMPA Wrap Up down only half way and roll up.

3) When you get to the base of the ponytail, pull the ends out and over to the side. Bend the left side of the SARAHPOTEMPA Wrap Up closed and then the right side, leaving the ends out to one side.

4) Once you’ve got your twist done, add some bling for some serious fashion cred.







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Mrs. President & Co. Big O Barrette.


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Ponilox Stones Gold.


Happy twisting!






Haikus with Hotties Nomination #2: Vincent Rodriguez III

In case you hadn’t heard, we successfully funded a Kickstarter in less than 3 days on August 18, 2015, and now we’re making a 2016 calendar out of our series Haikus with Hotties.

We have room for 5 more hot guys in the calendar, but we need your help choosing. We started with 10 dream picks, but now we’re putting it up for a general vote — and allowing nominations. (Check out the Kickstarter for details on how to nominate.)

To vote, follow us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweet at us with “My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties” The votes not only tell us who you want us to pursue, but they make it easier for us to convince them to participate if they know that their fans really, really, really want them to be in the calendar.

Our second nomination is Vincent Rodriguez III:



Photos chosen by the nominator.


Photos chosen by the nominator.


Photos chosen by the nominator.

Vincent Rodriguez III is a Filipino American actor who can be seen as Josh Chan in CW’s new Fall 2015 musical-comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, premiering October 2015. He’s the special guy the lead (Rachel Bloom) was always obsessed with way back when, and she runs into him 10 years later and realizes he’s still hot. And then she breaks out into song and dance.



Here are the original 10 that you can still vote for:



Daniel Wu was also recently nominated:

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Also, the campaign is still running for 26 more days, so if you want to pre-order or check out one of the other reward perks, go for it!







Haikus with Hotties Nomination #1: Daniel Wu

In case you hadn’t heard, we successfully funded a Kickstarter in less than 3 days on August 18, 2015, and now we’re making a 2016 calendar out of our series Haikus with Hotties.

We have room for 5 more hot guys in the calendar, but we need your help choosing. We started with 10 dream picks, but now we’re putting it up for a general vote — and allowing nominations. (Check out the Kickstarter for details on how to nominate.)

To vote, follow us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweet at us with “My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties” The votes not only tell us who you want us to pursue, but they make it easier for us to convince the hotties to participate if they know that their fans really, really, really want them to be in the calendar.

Our first nomination is none other than Daniel Wu:


Photos chosen by the nominator.

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Photos chosen by the nominator.

Daniel Wu is a Chinese American actor who has been a leading man in Asia for many years, and this November, he’ll be starring in his first American television show: the AMC drama Into the Badlands. It’s a martial arts series loosely based on Journey to the West, and Wu is also an executive producer. Hot.




Here are the original 10 that you can still vote for:


Also, the campaign is still running for 26 more days, so if you want to pre-order or check out one of the other reward perks, go for it!







Photoshop Experiment Shows How the “Ideal Body” Looks Like in Different Countries


Beauty standards for women seem to only be getting harder and harder to achieve. One day, everyone wants a thigh gap and the next day, every song on the radio praises big butts. (Because we’re supposed to be able to magically have both, right?)

And it’s not just in America. Remember Asia’s ridiculous “finger trap” beauty test? Let’s be honest here, it didn’t actually indicate if you were pretty. It just determined whether you have a tall nose and really long fingers. After all, how can any test determine beauty? Why are we holding ourselves to standards that will likely change as most trends do? Most importantly, who says there’s just one standard of beauty?

To highlight this, UK online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors conducted an experiment called “Perceptions Of Perfection.” The company sent the same photo of a woman to designers all around the world. The designers, who came from 18 different countries, were simply to told to photoshop the woman to fit their culture’s ideals of beauty.

When the results came in, it was clear that beauty truly lies in the eye of the beholder. The experiment, which aimed to get people to reconsider the beauty standards and expectations they hold themselves to, succeeded in reminding everyone that beauty ideals are subjective and we simply can’t be too hard on ourselves if we don’t fit just one standard of beauty.

And this is just one of many photoshop experiments which aim to prove this point. In 2014, a similar experiment was conducted which focused on the ideal face. Journalist Esther Honig, who was responsible for the experiment, was left in shock over the drastic differences in each image.

“When we compare unobtainable standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all that more elusive,” she concluded. “It almost neutralizes the belief in a universal beauty.”

So the next time you’re feeling pressured to look a certain way, just remember that beauty comes in every shape and size.

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Vote for Your Favorite Hot Asian Men To Be On the Haikus with Hotties 2016 Calendar!


Have you heard of our Kickstarter where we were trying to convince our publisher to let us make a calendar out of Audrey Magazine’s non-award-winning series Haikus With Hotties?

Well, we were successful. (“What just happened?” said James Ryu.) So, now that we’re moving forward, we want you guys to be involved so we can make the calendar hotter for you. We need 5 MORE HOT GUYS to be on our Haikus with Hotties calendar, so let us know which ones you want us to pursue.

Voteable options below:



To vote, follow us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweet at us with “My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties”

Or check out our Kickstarter to learn how you can nominate someone. (We actually already have a couple nominations – stay tuned for updates.)





Help Us Convince Our Publisher to Make a “Haikus With Hotties” Calendar


Dear loyal reader,

We’re going a little bit rogue here and launching a fun Kickstarter campaign for you all. Hear us out!

If you’ve been following Audrey Magazine, you may have noticed that we have a series called Haikus With Hotties where we convince hot Asian American men to exchange poetry with us. Part spoof of the male model photo shoot, part genuine celebration of a really attractive segment of the population that doesn’t get enough media attention, “Haikus With Hotties” started out with unarguably attractive model/actor Godfrey Gao and has eventually expanded to include Freddie Wong, Dante Basco, Yen Chen, Randall Park and Chris Dinh. Our latest one, which will come out in our Fall issue (out September 2015) will feature brothers Yoshi and Peter Sudarso. (See above.)


Now that we have 7 haiku exchanges, we only need 5 more hotties to make a HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR for 2016. But in order to get permission and funding to do that, we have to convince our publisher James Ryu that this an excellent idea. And though he is incredibly supportive of us and respected for his work for the community (25 years of KoreAm Journal!), he doesn’t really get it. He’s not convinced there’s a market for it and doesn’t want to print them out and have boxes of calendars sitting in our storage room.

We think he’s wrong! And that hot Asian American men (and the people who love them) shouldn’t be underestimated, especially if these men prove they also have a sense of humor and a knack for poetry.

Please check out our Kickstarter and consider supporting us so we can make this really, really hot calendar a reality for you.

Also, there’s a chance to VOTE on Twitter for 5 more hot guys who can be in our calendar. Another reason to check out the Kickstarter: we have hot photos of our top 10 dream picks, and we need you to help us figure out which ones to try to pursue.

Thanks for helping us spread the gift of hotness!

With love,

Ada Tseng (and the members of the Audrey staff that she will keep anonymous in case James gets mad at us)





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Beautiful Asian Wedding Attire


Growing up with a diverse group of friends, I’ve always wondered what kind of weddings we would each have, especially since weddings often reflect a couple’s personality and background. As my interest in event planning and wedding photography grows, I also want to explore the unique rituals and attire of different cultures.

While this list barely scratches the surface of each culture and its wedding traditions, it was interesting to see both the similarities and differences in wedding attire throughout Asia. All are beautiful in their own ways and certainly rich with history.




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How sweet would it be if you got to pick out your betrothed’s wedding attire, the first clothing they wear as you begin a new life together? A Bengali wedding embodies many traditions and characteristics of the Bangladesh culture and history. One of these customs has the bride’s family gift the groom with the wedding attire, which includes a Jore (a silk shawl), a Dhoti (a bottom garment) and topor (a headdress made of pithand zari). The groom will wear these pieces for the duration of the wedding ritual. At the end of the ceremonies, the groom will cover the bride’s forehead with sindoor, a red cosmetic powder that is worn by married women. It is then that the couple is considered married and one. After this gesture, the bride’s forehead is covered by a saree called the Lojja Bostro, which is personally gifted by the groom. Check out this couple’s incredible day to see more details of what a Bengali wedding looks like!




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It is no secret that red is the favorite and most auspicious color in Chinese culture. Naturally, traditional weddings are heavily decorated in this lucky color accompanied by the prosperous gold color. The couple’s wedding attire will often be embroidered with detailed dragons and phoenixes, which symbolize the balance of male and female power, in gold and silver thread. Colors such as black, blue, grey and white are associated with times of mourning and is highly discouraged to be worn at weddings, as it is believed to bring sorrow to the couple’s married life. Many modern brides will chose to have a western ceremony and incorporate an elegant Qi Pao, a form fitting one-piece gown, into her reception wardrobe. Another popular choice, most prominent with brides from southern China, is a two-piece dress called the Gua.



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During its pre-colonial time, a traditional Filipino wedding was held for three days and officiated by a babaylan, a tribal priest or priestess. However, with the Spanish colonialism in the early 18th century, a majority of Filipino weddings are now predominantly Christian or Catholic. The bride will wear either a custom-made white wedding gown and veil or a white version of the Baro’t Saya, a form of national dress for Filipino women. The groom will choose between a Western suit and a traditional Barong Tagalog, a formal embroidered button-up shirt made from fabric woven from pineapple fibers.





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Indian weddings generally last for several days, with new attire worn every day. What seems like an excuse to dress up every day in gorgeous clothes actually has a deeper meaning behind it. Each dress and color symbolizes the meaning of marriage and the period that follows it. Details such as the placement of the jewelry and the henna designs also carry symbolic meaning. While red is often considered to be the most auspicious color, many brides chose to wear other colors as well. Contemporary and Indo-western wear has also gained popularity among Indian women as wedding wear.




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Japanese weddings tend to be very formal. Although Western ceremonies have become very popular in Japan, a traditional wedding is still common and very elegant. A bride will wear a pure white kimono for the formal ceremony, symbolizing purity and maidenhood. There are also two choices of headgear. One is the Wataboshi, a white hood, and the Tsunokakushi, a headdress designed to hide the bride’s “horns of jealousy, ego and selfishness.” It is to symbolize a bride’s resolve to become a gentle and obedient wife. She may choose to change into a red kimono afterwards for good luck.



South Korea

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You may have seen a traditional wedding ceremony in a Korean drama or even attended one yourself! The colorful dress of the bride and groom stand out compared to its neighboring Asian countries.

The bride will wear a formal Hanbok, which consists of a jeogori (a short jacket with long sleeves and two long ribbons which are tied to form the otgoreum) and a chima (a full-length, high-waisted, wrap-around skirt). She may choose to include a white sash with significant symbols or flowers as well as a headpiece or crown. The groom will wear a Gwanbok, which consists of a jeogori, trousers and an overcoat. The attire has a loose flow, with the trousers tied with straps at the angles. A vest may be worn over the shirt accompanied by a black hat.




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Given its location, Thai weddings can range from very formal to informal. Fancy ceremonies in the big city may require dress to impress mode, but at a beach wedding, formal attire will be impractical and uncomfortable. One important trait that most will consider is the hot and humid conditions. Traditionally, a bride’s dress is made of silk or handwoven cotton, which are natural fabrics that help keep the wearer cool in warmer weather. However, since it is the tradition of Thai wedding dresses to be influenced by modern trends, most designs or fabrics used are generally accepted. The only exception is using the color black, as it is considered to be bad luck.




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Over the years, the traditional wedding clothing of Vietnam has been very diverse depending on the era and occasion. However, after the Nguyen Dynasty, women began to wear embellished Ao Dai for their weddings. This gown is usually red or pink and the bride will wear a Khan Dong headdress while the groom wears a simpler male equivalent of the outfit, often in the color blue. In modern weddings, brides will usually change into three different gowns throughout the day. A Western white wedding gown is usually worn for the ceremony, a second Western dress is worn at the reception and a third traditional Ao Dai is worn during the table visits to personally thank the guests for attending.





K-Pop Meets EDM: The Rise of Korean Trap Music


Trap music is a genre that began in the 90s and has since become a recent phenomenon in the American music industry. In particular, Trap music is becoming very popular within dance music culture. Originating in the South, Trap music began by using a lot of low-end 808 bass samples, snares and percussions. Today, the trap music movement has taken that original sound and turned it into “EDM Trap,” which incorporates a mixture of hip-hop, dance music and low frequency dub.

Now when you think about EDM Trap music, you probably wouldn’t think to associate it with K-pop. After all, the K-pop genre is generally more upbeat and catchy. But if think pretty K-pop boys would never mix well with grungy EDM Trap, then you’re in for a surprise.

Not only has Korea been embracing this shift in sound, they’ve been experimenting with it and the results are EPIC. So what happens when you take fast upbeat songs and slow them down with a fresh new beat? Let these 5 Korean trap songs show you.


Disclaimer: These songs may contain strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.



1. BIG BANG - “Bang Bang Bang”

Big Bang has always been pioneers in the K-pop world. Constantly giving their audience fresh, new sounds, they never stick to one particular style. Recently, they have released a new album and as usual, they did not disappoint. They have surprised their fans with this new trap sound, and the incorporation of electronics with their silky vocals and flawless rapping makes for an instant hit. With their infectious beat and catchy chorus, you can’t help but want to dance with them.



2. CL – “MTBD”

CL, the leader of K-pop’s popular girl group 2ne1, has recently been collaborating with household DJs such as Skrillex and Diplo. Always a fierce rapper, CL has added her own personal style on her take on trap music. Interestingly enough, this song was released back in 2014, so like most of her music, she is a trendsetter. With her effortless style of rapping mixed with the song’s low snares, this is one track that will have you bobbing your head all day long.



3. BTS – ” Dope”

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are one of K-pops newer groups. However, their vocal skills and ridiculously good dance moves have made them one of Korea’s top boy bands. Don’t let the word boy band fool you– these guys are nothing like your over-the-top 90s groups. With a very appropriate song title, the dance piece that accompanies this beat is nothing short of jaw dropping.



4. 4MINUTE – “Crazy”

Unlike 2NE1, girl group 4Minute usually takes on a cute persona. When “Crazy” debuted, their drastic new bad girl image made their fans go crazy. With a confident new attitude, these girls have found a way to make trap music both powerful and sexy. In this specific song, we see how K-pop style singing is fusing with this new type of beat to make an entirely innovative fusion sound that can only be found in Korea.



5. KEITH APE – “It G Ma”

Although Keith Ape is known for his rapping and not for K-pop, he is still a serious contributor to Korean trap. Keith Ape has not only started a movement in Korea, but a revolution of trap music everywhere. With their song gaining an impressive following here in the States, Keith Ape and his featured artists are serving as pioneers for the Asian community in the hip hop industry.


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