Snapchat Co-Founders Become Youngest Billionaires in the World

 

Can you believe that those 15-second life updates you posted on Snapchat made two college graduates billionaires? Oh, it’s true. Filipino American Snapchat co-founder, Bobby Murphy, and business partner, Evan Spiegal, are now the youngest billionaires in the world. Snapchat that to your friends!

Both Murphy and Spiegal were students at Standford University where Murphy studied mathematics and computational science, and Spiegel was a student of the product-design program. Their paths would intersect through their involvement in Stanford’s Kappa Sigma fraternity, which would unsuspectingly lead up to their current success.

“We weren’t cool,” Murphy told Forbes as he reflected on their college experience. “So we tried to build things to be cool.”

Murphy and Spiegal understood that visual content was the most engaging and interesting form and centralized their app around communicating with visuals. What made this app different from its Instagram and Twitter counterparts was the idea that all shared media would disappear within a day. Back in 2011, the duo worked with a third member to create the first prototype, “Picaboo.” However, after some legal disputes, Murphy and Spiegal continued on to the rebranding and rebuilding of the application into what we now know as “Snapchat.”

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Since the rebranding, Snapchat has been gaining 100 million users a month. In late 2013, Facebook tried to buyout the company with a $3 billion offer. Luckily, Spiegal turned that offer down because the app is currently valued at $10 billion. As a result, Murphy’s and Spiegal’s net worth is valued at $1.5 billion, and at the prime age of 26 and 24.

 

 

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Aziz Ansari Thanks His Immigrant Parents

Aziz Ansari is a very busy man right now. Parks and Recreation just ended its seventh and final season and Ansari’s new book, Modern Romance, is hitting bookshelfs soon. Despite all this success, Ansari never forgets that his parents are the reason behind it. In this preview clip from his standup special Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden that is currently streaming on Netflix, Ansari gives thanks to his parents and talks about how his “life is super easy because they did all the struggling.”

While the narrative of immigrant parents moving to America for a better life is not exactly uncommon, Ansari manages to spin an astute, hilarious and defiant take on his own story. While a good part of the bit is spent mocking his own privilege (among other things, he says he wouldn’t last a day in Brooklyn with only twenty dollars in his pocket), Ansari is also defiant against the racism he experienced growing up in the South. Ansari jokes that his parents were trying to find a place that combined racism and horrible public schools in a “very unnecessary venn diagram.”  And while we don’t want to spoil the ending joke, let’s say Ansari and his parents weren’t going to just sit back and take the racism directed at them without fighting back.

Posted below is the clip from his Netflix special and a couple photos of Ansari’s parents hanging out with some of his very famous friends.

Image courtesy of Uproxx

Image courtesy of Uproxx

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You’re Invited to the Audrey Fashion Show 2015!

 

In its 12-year history, Audrey Magazine has become the nation’s premier Asian American women’s lifestyle magazine. We cover Asians and Asian Americans in popular culture, fashion/beauty trends and important social issues relevant to the Asian American community.

This month, we are honoring Asian Americans in fashion, beauty and entertainment with a highly-anticipated fashion show. With high-end designers (curated by Satine Boutiques’ Jeannie Lee), a state of the art venue and a star-studded red carpet, this event has everyone talking.

It gets even better. The event’s sponsor, Toyota, has granted exclusive VIP access for all Toyota owners which includes reserved seating and access to VIP lounge to meet with the celebrities, bloggers and designers.

And you’re invited. 

 


 

The Audrey Fashion Show 2015:
Saturday, March 28, 2015
440 Seaton St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

SCHEDULE:
7:30PM – Doors Open
9:00PM – Fashion Show & Live Performances (including popular duo Mike Song and Krnfx, Run River North and more)
10:00PM – After Party

 


 

For more information, visit the official website. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

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Top Stories of the Week: What Asian Celebs Think of “The Dress” and the New Filipina Barbie

1) Your Favorite Asian Celebs Weigh In On The Infamous Dress Debate [READ HERE]

 

 

 

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2) Meet Mutya, The New Filipina Barbie Doll We Can’t Get Enough Of [READ HERE]

 

 

 

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3) [Video] Jubilee Project Releases Another Tearjerker About Unconditional Love [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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4) Students Fight Back Against Racist “Banana” Slur with #MyBananaStory [READ HERE]

 

 

 

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5) K-Pop Idol Megan Lee to Star in Nickelodeon’s New Show ‘Make It Pop’ [READ HERE]

 

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A Look Into Tom Culture, Thailand’s Non-Traditional Gender Group

 

Sexual orientation and gender are influenced by social constructs of masculinity and femininity, but more people are starting to understand that both are not defined by a person’s biological sex. Because a person is born a woman doesn’t necessarily mean she is confined to society’s expectations of how a woman should look, act and think. As such, gender roles become blurred once we take away the binary perspective of man and woman.

In the 1970’s, when the American term “lesbian” was brought to Thailand, it initially had a negative response and soon the word was associated with negative images of women who love women. Since then, Thailand has grown to be one of the most tolerant countries when it comes to sex and gender. A mini documentary made by Coconut TV explores Thailand’s unique non-traditional gender group–Toms–and the culture surrounding them. By definition, “Toms” (a derivative from “Tomboy”) are biological women who want to appear male and fulfill male gender roles, but don’t identify as male. Unlike America’s mainstream lesbian culture, Toms aren’t only interested in other women, but there’s an added level of complexity with their distinct dress and social code that’s special to Tom culture.

Although Toms have been gaining visibility through media (especially in dramas), their representation hasn’t necessarily meant that Toms have the same legal rights as heterosexual women and men. In fact, the Tom Act magazine has been dedicated to creating a space for Toms and the women who love them. It’s their goal to humanize the Tom community for those who are struggling to understand them. In addition to the magazine, they created the Mr. Tom Act competition in hopes of increasing Thailand’s acceptance of Toms. Watch the mini documentary below as Coconut TV follows two Toms on their way to Mr. Tom Act.

 

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#DearMe: Michelle Phan & Other YouTubers Give Advice to Their Younger Selves

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a holiday that celebrates the various achievements of women and calls for greater equality. In order to celebrate International Women’s Day, YouTube has created the #DearMe initiative. To kick off the initiative, YouTube has released a #DearMe campaign video which features prominent YouTubers such as Michelle Phan, Lilly Singh, Scherry Shroff, Magali Vaz, Bilingirl, Gigi Chao, Sasaki Asahi and Shruti Anand who all give advice to their teenage selves.

The purpose of the #DearMe intiative is to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. Since our teenage years are often our most insecure and vulnerable times, it’s wonderful that these YouTube stars — with their huge teenage followings — can help reach out to their fans and help make a difference. Now let’s to turn the YouTubers themselves and see what they have to say.

The main message to their teenage selves? Embrace what makes you different and be who you want to be. The women in this campaign recall the qualities that made them different from their peers at the time. For the Asian YouTubers, it was often their appearance such as Bilingirl’s “coarse black hair” and Shruti Anand’s “color of skin.” While it’s common as a teenager to just want to fit in, the message from all these successful women who’ve lived through these tough teenage years is to forget about the haters and keep forging ahead. And as Michelle Phan says, “The most important thing thing is to just have fun.”

Watch the initial #DearMe campaign video below, as well as the 7 other individual #DearMe videos:

1. Scherry Shroff

2. Bilingirl

3. Shruti Anand

4. Gigi Chao

 

 

5. Lilly Singh

6. Magali Vaz

7. Sasaki Asahi

Lastly, YouTube invites everyone to create their own #DearMe gif at this link here. We tried it out and here is the result:

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What’s your #DearMe message?

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The Most Talked About Hair Diffuser from NYFW

There was quite some buzz was going on backstage during New York Fashion Week, and no, it was not only about the designers’ pieces. Instead, an odd contraption connected to the hairdryers seemed to catching all the attention. These giant, sock-like cushions that were rolled around the ends of the hairdryers turned out to be ion hair diffusers. A NYFW attendee from Fashionista did some digging and discovered that the diffusers were in fact from Japan’s Y.S./Park, a beauty tool manufacturing company known for their top quality. Considering that many NYFW hairdressers were seen using them, we were stuck wondering what makes these diffusers different the old fashioned plastic diffusers?

1) It’s Lightweight

The biggest problem I saw with the plastic diffusers was that they would take up a good portion of my luggage space and weight. With Y.S. Park’s new design, it becomes easier to carry around and it’s fuss free. I can roll it up and toss it in my bag, and not worry about breaking the diffuser.

 

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2) No Frizz

Not only is the Y.S. Park diffuser durable, it’s highly effective. The sock design is meant to eliminate the airflow of the dryer and only allows heat through, thus eliminating any frizz.

 

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3) Faster Drying Time

On top of managing frizz, the nylon mesh in the front is coated in silver and titanium, which releases negative ions. Because the water particles in the hair have a positive ionic charge, the negative ions help disperse the water into smaller particles. Essentially, the drying time is cut in half and there’s less damage done to the hair.

 

For our curly haired ladies or even our ladies with more textured hair, the Y.S. Park ion diffuser might be the perfect tool for you. Less fuss, less frizz and efficient!

 

Featured image courtesy of dowa-international.com

 

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Star Dev Patel Has Two New Movies and a New Hairstyle

Sure, Slumdog Millionaire was released seven years ago and The Newsroom just finished airing its third and final season on HBO, but Dev Patel’s career is only looking better than ever. On March 6th, Patel will have two films released here in the United States – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Chappie. But first, we have to talk about his new hairstyle.

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Image courtesy of US Weekly

For as long as he’s been in the spotlight, Dev Patel has always sported the same hairstyle– Tidy, boyish, and something any mom would approve of. Now he’s rocking the longer locks and facial hair, which definitely gives him a more…mature look. In an interview with The Guardian, Patel says it’s for a role and “he’s not sure if he should keep it.” Should he? Here’s 5 more pictures below to help you decide.

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Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about his actual movies.

First, there is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the sleeper, senior-citizen friendly hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Joined by a returning cast of British legends such as Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Dev Patel’s character, Sonny, tries to expand his senior citizen retirement home while trying to balance his upcoming wedding and a suave new guest played by Richard Gere. For fans of the first film, the sequel promises to provide more wacky hijinks, laughs and fun.

Patel’s other movie, Chappie, is a change of pace for him. A science fiction movie from the director of District 9 and Elysium, Chappie appears to be about an ET-esque robot with artificial intelligence named, you guess it, Chappie. Patel plays a kind-hearted scientist who “raises” Chappie and encourages him to explore his potential, much to dismay of Hugh Jackman’s ex-military character who has a thing against robots. While much of the movie seems to be kept under wraps, it looks as if the movie will come down to a showdown between Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman over the Chappie robot. And who isn’t down for that?

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens on March 6th, 2015 in limited release. Chappie opens on March 6th, 2015 in a theater near you.
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[Video] Jubilee Project Releases Another Tearjerker About Unconditional Love

 

Jubilee Project has done it again. Their latest video “Blind Devotion,” which has us simultaneously crying sad and happy tears, proves that they’re masters at pulling our heartstrings.

Not familiar with Jubilee Project? According to their official website, they “make short films, PSAs and documentaries in collaboration with non-profits to increase awareness and inspire action. [Jubilee Project’s] vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well.”

And with over 172K subscribers on YouTube, they certainly seem to be doing a good job at that goal. “Blind Devotion” was uploaded onto their channel just a few months ago, but it has already gathered nearly 4 million views.

The premise of the short is simple enough: A woman explains the various ways she shows her devotion to her husband. But when their lives are flipped upside down, she has to deal with the guilt of being a burden to him. Of course, this only gives her husband an opportunity to show his devotion back. If you’ve given up on the idea of unconditional love, then you should definitely watch this.

“Blind Devotion” is the second short in a series by Jubliee Project which focuses on unconditional love. The series is in partnership with with Pastor Francis Chan and his latest book You and Me Forever. In the book, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa explore what it means to have a fulfilling and successful marriage. Best of all, all proceeds from book sales goes to a good cause.

The official website promises:

100% of the net proceeds from You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will go towards various ministries that include providing food, shelter and rehabilitation for thousands of orphaned children and exploited women around the world. We would love to raise $5 million, so please support the work now by ordering your own copy here or by donating directly to the project fund.”

 

Find out more about the book in the video below.

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Artist Shows Disney Princesses As Acid Attack Survivors to Raise Awareness

For some people, the idea of an acid attack is far too cruel to even fathom. But for the 1,000 women who are attacked with acid every year in India, this is a very dangerous reality, and that’s exactly what artist Alexsandro Palombo wants to make sure the world realizes.

Acid attacks are a form of assault where the attacker throws acid or any other corrosive substance onto the body of someone else to try to maim and disfigure them. Because death is not a common result of an acid attack, the goal of this attack is lifelong bodily disfigurement. The acid often burns through skin, cartilage and bone. This not only leaves severe scars and disfiguration, it can lead to blindness, deafness, the inability to talk and various mental health issues.

Although acid attacks can happen to anyone, the majority of acid attacks happen to women in Central and South Asia. Worst of all, these inhumane attacks are often a response to a marriage refusal. Imagine being attacked for simply telling a man you’re not interested? Huffington Post points out that the Taliban has even used this form of assault to scare away young girls from the classroom. As much as we all want this to stop, there are no stern laws against acid attacks within the Indian judicial system. This is where artist Alexsandro Palombo wants to see change.

“If we just observe and stand still, then we are all accomplices,” Palombo said. “And [to] be complicit means to take the side of those cowards, monsters and criminals.”

Realizing that many people around the world do not know about (or simply ignore) acid attacks, Palombo wanted to draw attention to and raise awareness for this issue in the most startling way he could think of: He portrayed beloved Disney Princesses as acid attack survivors.

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Be sure to check out more of Alexsandro Palombo‘s work on his Facebook. If you want to see the brave faces of actual acid attack survivors, check out this incredibly inspiring photo shoot.

 

All photos courtesy of Alexsandro Palombo’s official Facebook page. 

 

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