Beautiful. Outspoken. Successful. Get To Know The “The Real” Talk Show Host JEANNIE MAI

 

 

You can tell right off the bat that Jeannie Mai is one confident woman. Though on the phone in a restroom, her voice sounds strong and opinionated. It is that same voice that has guided countless women and celebrities with their style, first as a makeup artist for M.A.C and then as a host on a variety of shows for E! and the Style Network. But beyond the voice, it’s her story — the real Jeannie Mai — that captivates this interviewer.

Born to Vietnamese and Chinese parents and raised in the Bay Area, Mai is more than proud of her NorCal roots. “The Bay Area is so vast when it comes to culture, race diversity and community,” says Mai. “The things I remember from growing up were amazing neighborhoods of different foods, the ‘hyphy’ movement of hip-hop, freestyle artists and rappers, the baddest breakdance scene ever, a digital takeover from Silicon Valley, and the most beautiful landscapes from Tahoe to Napa. I was rich without a paycheck.”

After graduating from Milpitas High School in 1997, Mai was off to work immediately, hungry for experience. “I just kind of started my career right after high school,” says Mai. “I couldn’t be held between walls, and I wanted to travel the world and be with influential people so that I could spread the message of style and personal image.”

She started her career with M.A.C Cosmetics as a trainer for three years. It was there that she found her way into celebrity styling for the likes of Alicia Keys. “I caught the eyes of a couple celebrities who started to pick me up as their makeup artist first,” says Mai. “I started traveling with these artists, and it turned out that these artists didn’t have a stylist. I found myself getting them ready face to toe!”

It was only a matter of time before Mai’s driven personality landed her in front of the camera. In addition to co-hosting the Emmy-nominated Asian American magazine-style show Stir, Mai has hosted shows like How Do I Look and Style Pop on the Style Network and various fashion segments on E!. But Mai’s newest gig has her taking a slightly different turn, as one of the co-hosts of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Real.

“I’m not talking about fashion or other women’s makeovers,” says Mai. “I’m getting to talk about what I’m going through.”

 

The Real, which airs on FOX and BET, aims to be just that — a talk show where real women share their experiences and what they’re thinking. But how is that different from other women-oriented talk shows like The View?

“There are five things that differentiate us from other shows: Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai,” says Mai, speaking of the show’s hosts. “Each of those five reasons alone is every reason to watch our show. We don’t compare ourselves to other people, and I don’t recommend other women compare themselves to other people. Focus on you, focus on the finish line, and go there. That’s how our show is. We focus on ourselves and what we can bring to the show, and that includes our real lives and our real setbacks and insecurities.”

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For Mai, being a married, successful career woman brings its own set of problems. “I bring the perspective of being a woman doing great in her career in her mid-30s, married for six years and realizing that I have to make one of the biggest decisions right now about my future when it come to being a mom,” she says. “It’s the weirdest thing that I have this clock remind me every single day that I need to make a decision; it’s so unfair. To put pressure on top of that, if I ever were to say today that I don’t think I want to have children, why do I get weirdest feeling that I’d be getting judged for that?”

As for making sure her voice gets heard, Mai has to walk a fine line between listening and talking. “I’m not one to have to say a lot. For me, I want to hear where all the girls come from before I stick my neck out.” But once she does, she says, “I speak the hell up.”

 

The Real returns on Monday, September 15 on FOX and in national syndication (check your local listings), with a rebroadcast in prime time on cable network BET. 

 

Want more Jeannie Mai? Keep updated with Audrey Magazine opinions on everything from plastic surgery, gay marriage and even the worst fashion trend. Coming Soon!

 

–STORY BY JELINE ABUTIN

This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here. 

 

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Unbelievable Handcrafted “Frozen” Dresses Just In Time For Halloween

 

A few weeks ago, we showed you some kickass cosplay of Disney princesses in armor including Frozen‘s popular siblings, Anna and Elsa. As cool as those outfits were, we were a little sad that we didn’t get to see the intricate details of Elsa and Anna’s actual dresses from the animated film. Luckily for us, we found a pair of women who wanted the see the dresses come to life as well.

Using the shared Twitter handle yuuchiharu, Yuu and Chiharu have been able to show off their beautiful handcrafted Frozen costumes. In fact, the girls spent an entire year perfecting the Anna and Elsa dresses.

What could possibly be the motivation for all this time, effort and hard work? Halloween, of course! And this isn’t for just any Halloween celebration. The description on the Twitter account says, “This is the account of two women who spend all year thinking about and working hard on costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade.”

And what a year it must have been! The girls took their time selecting the perfect fabric for each piece of the costume and even had to purchase a special machine for the embroidery. They studied the film and multiple illustration books to make sure they got each detail correct and they even researched traditional Norwegian clothing to add some authenticity to the dresses.

As it turns out, the pair has been creating costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade for years. In fact, one of the girls, Yuu, studied clothing design and works in a dress shop.

For anyone who makes their own Halloween costumes and cosplay outfits, check out the impressive work of Yuu and Chiharu below.

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All photos courtesy of rocketnews24. 

Steven Yeun’s “The Walking Dead” Cover for Entertainment Weekly (Plus A Heartwarming Interview)

 

Calling all Walking Dead fans! I’m sure you’re at the edge of your seat waiting for the new season to begin. Unfortunately, we can’t make the new episodes come any faster, but we can bring you this cover of Entertainment Weekly featuring your favorite gun-shooting couple from The Walking Dead, Glenn and Maggie.

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Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan took a break from their photo shoot to speak to Entertainment Weekly and answer a very important question. [SPOILER ALERT] Their characters spent most of the previous season apart while desperately trying to find one another. But love prevails and the two are eventually reunited!

… Only to be captured and put in danger.

So EW had to ask. Would Glenn and Maggie prefer being apart, but safe or together, but in danger? The two actors quickly decided that Glenn and Maggie would prefer to be together despite whatever danger may come.

“I think the preference is to be together regardless of whether the circumstances are difficult,” Yeun said. “At the least, you’re with the person that matters the most to you in this world. At this point, what the world has become, that is your world. Your world is who your with. The world is the people that you love. If it’s not with them, the what’s the point of continuing on?”

Check out both their heartwarming responses here.

 

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Public School: The Perfect NYC Street Style

 

Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic.  Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year.  With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature.  Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.

While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City.  With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear.  While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.

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Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show.  It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest.  I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover.  With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work.

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All Photos Courtesy Of Guillame Roujas and Nowfashion.com

 

 

Why You NEED To See “Finding Fanny” This Weekend (Plus An Interview With Film’s Star Deepika Padukone)

 

Superstar actress Deepika Padukone (a member of the Bollywood 100 Crore Club a record-breaking four times last year) stars in the highly anticipated, English-language comedy Finding Fanny this fall. (The trailer alone has more than 3 million hits on YouTube; it hit the 1 million mark in a day.)

In the lazy tropical countryside of the Indian state of Goa, Padukone is a young virgin widow, bored with her mundane existence in the sleepy village. When the old local postman (Naseeruddin Shah) discovers a marriage proposal he had written 46 years ago mysteriously returned to him, never delivered, he is shocked and sets out to find out what happened to Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes.

Under varying pretexts, he is joined by Padukone, the local (and bitter) mechanic, a belligerent artist and an obnoxious snob. What the dysfunctional characters do find on their journey is friendship and even love. The all-star cast includes Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapoor, with a special appearance by Ranveer Singh.

Details FINDING FANNY opens across US/Canada this Friday, SEPTEMBER 12

 

 INTERVIEW WITH FINDING FANNY STAR DEEPIKA PADUKONE:

Q: From commercial success to doing a quirky comedy like Finding Fanny, what kind of cinema excites Deepika?
A: I love commercial cinema. But I also get a rush from doing clutter-breaking stuff like Finding Fanny.

Q: You are at the peak of your career with hits after hits. What made you do an off-the-wall film like Finding Fanny?
A: A lot of people told me it’s a risk. I did not think of it as a risk, but a brave move on my part to do it. I went with my instinct. What my heart said. I trust Homi (Adajania) and his vision.

Q: But what drew you to the film?
A: For me, the story of a film comes first and character next. I was looking to do something different and I am glad I did this film. As we work in a Hindi language film, we are used to it. But when you do an English language film it is a different experience and it takes time to get into this space. The challenge was to perform in English language.

Q: You have a Konkani connection in the film. Talk to us about it.
A: As far as the accent of Finding Fanny is concerned, it’s actually something I enjoyed because I got to speak my mother tongue, Konkani, a little bit in some scenes. The film is set in Goa and Goans usually speak Konkani. I got to experiment and improvise. But most importantly it’s a nice feeling when you have command over a language. Having said that, the first few days were very difficult on the sets not just for me but also for the entire team.

Q: You are working with Dimple Kapadia again post Cocktail and as reported you adore her. Talk to us about your equation with her.
A: What I feel for Dimple-ji and my equation with her, I can’t describe it in words. She took me for lunch and shopping while we were shooting for Cocktail. She pampers me and spoils me. She treats me like her daughter.

Q: How would you describe the film Finding Fanny?
A: It’s a different film. I found it to be different. It’s refreshing, it’s quirky and cool!

 

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Local theaters, ticketing, and showtimes will be posted on Wednesday at:

http://www.fandango.com/findingfanny_175019/movieoverview

http://www.movietickets.com/movie/mid/182500

For more information, visit the official website.

 

Finding Fanny was featured in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here.

 

Futuristic Chopsticks Can Detect Spoiled Food & Will Even Count Calories For You

 

Remember the good ol’ days when chopsticks were just used as utensils? Okay fine, we may still be in the “ol’ days” right now, but if the Chinese company Baidu succeeds, we may be kissing the reign of plain chopsticks goodbye.

Last week at an annual tech conference in Beijing, CEO Robin Li revealed that Baidu has been working to incorporate technology into our beloved utensils. To everyone’s amazement, he announced that these chopsticks of the future can detect the nutritional makeup of the food it touches. Apparently, this means the chopsticks can count calories, determine salt content and provide you with all sorts of information that you would want to know about your food before consuming it. 

Many seem to be intrigued by the chopsticks’ ability to determine whether food has gone bad. The chopsticks can also be used as a thermometer to ensure that you are frying and cooking at the correct temperature.

So how can a pair of sticks tell us so much? Apparently the high-tech chopsticks will connect with an app that will give you all the information that the chopsticks detect.

By now, many of you are probably itching to get a pair of these. No more food poisoning for you! But unfortunately, these are nicknamed the chopsticks of the future for a reason. Apparently the chopsticks are still at the very early stage of development and all information regarding the price or release date of this product has yet to be announced.

Until then, check out this cool promo video.

Photo courtesy of rocketnews24. 
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New York Fashion Week Recap: Tadashi Shoji

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Tadashi Shoji’s collection. 

 

Tadashi Shoji’s fashion show at Lincoln Center was a demonstration of all of the beautiful things you could do with lace.  There were two-toned black and white laces.  There were engineered motifs.  There were soft monochromatic laces in rich blue hues.  There were daytime outfits that used lace as a trim or inserted panel. There were simple machine lace fabrics embellished with beading.

The overall effect was a beautiful, feminine collection with a classic elegance.  For women who choose not to show a lot of skin, the designer offered a variety of sleeve lengths and hemlines.  Tadashi Shoji designs for all bodies and modesty levels.  This has been embraced by actresses like Octavia Spencer who do not fit Hollywood’s traditional red carpet body.

Capes and shift dress silhouettes were very forgiving.  You could choose a sexier look with a lot of sheer lace, or just a hint of skin peeking out through a narrow strip of mesh.  The most relaxed silhouette instantly becomes glamourous when it is executed in an intricate, embroidered lace.

 

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–Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

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New York Fashion Week Recap: Son Jung Wan

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Son Jung Wan’s Spring 2015 collection. 
Korean designer Son Jung Wan designed her spring 2015 collection with the concept of Yin and Yang. This concept was carried through in the juxtaposition of rough fabrics with delicate silk, rich jewel tones with metallic threads, men and women on the runway.

The best menswear sweaters had a combination of thick, chunky yarns knitted with superfine, almost sheer jersey areas. The sweaters were paired with light colored woven shorts. There was one free-form jacket offered in ivory that was also paired with ivory shorts.

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There were plenty of clean white looks for spring along with deep navy, jade and amethyst. Many of the looks had a curved, metallic gold style line that gave the effect of the clothing being struck by lightning. It could also be a loose interpretation of the traditional yin yang symbol.

The pastels that the designer offered came in the form of a shiny iridescent group. Shimmering dresses and separates were paired with coordinating embellishments that mixed solid colored jewels with pearl and silver sequins.

 

-Story and photo by Mariana Leung, publisher of http://www.msfabulous.com

 

New York Fashion Week Recap: Monique Lhuillier

 

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection.

 

Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection was dreamscape of sheer and shimmer.

There was a black and white group towards the beginning of the show that featured laser-cut flowers as embellishment. The petals fluttered as the models walked. This motif was echoed in the iridescent flower confetti that showered the runway towards the end of the fashion show.

There were iridescent cocktail looks that will be popular among the affluent prom crowd. Pastel metallic fabrics, layers of sheer and iridescent finishes were reminiscent of 1980s West Coast party girls.

The models’ hair was combed back simply with a part down the middle. The makeup was very neutral, almost bare. The footwear of choice was metallic sandals that would transition well from day into night.

The showstoppers of the runway were the full skirted gowns with delicate floral embroidery. To me, that is Monique’s signature look. The dark purple against the pale lilac was striking and feminine. Look for these to be worn on the red carpet in upcoming awards seasons. There were mint green, pale yellow, ivory and pale blue gowns, also with elegant embellishments. These would also make a gorgeous bridal alternative for modern weddings.

 

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— Story and photos by Mariana Leung, MsFABulous.com

 

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The Studio Ghibli Film You HAVE To See This Fall: “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

 

 

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Hailed by Variety as “a visionary tour-de-force” after its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the newest film from Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies) is based on the classic Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

Eight years in the making, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya tells the untold story of Princess Kaguya, who was found inside a shining stalk of bamboo and raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. Kaguya grows into a beautiful woman and eventually ends up in the capital, surrounded by riches and pursued by five noble suitors. But the princess cannot escape her past and must eventually face her fate.

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Directed by Isao Takahata, the film features the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz as the princess and James Caan as the Bamboo Cutter, as well as Filipino American actor Darren Criss, Chinese American actress Lucy Liu as Lady Sagami, Korean American actors Daniel Dae Kim and John Cho, and Japanese American actor Dean Cain.

Details In theaters October 17.

This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here.