Asian American Celebs Take The Red Carpet at 2014′s VMAs and Emmys

Two of the most fabulous, star-studded events happened back-to-back this year, and with them came a flurry of hot red gowns, sexy cleavage and swoon-worthy, fitted black suits. At the Emmys, ABC’s Modern Family predictably took home the golden statue for an outstanding comedy, and actor Bryan Cranston deservedly stole the show with his win as the outstanding lead actor in Breaking Bad; and the VMAs–let’s be real–should have been alternately titled “All Hail Queen Bey.”

Nominations and winners aside, what we fashionistas really look forward to are the unique looks that grace the red carpet. Here’s a rundown of the styles these Asian American celebrities wore at this year’s MTV VMAs and Emmys.


1) Actor and singer Darren Criss, whose roots are half-Filipino, kept it simple at the VMAs with black slacks and a mauve blazer, all pulled together with sleek sunglasses.

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2) Also at the VMAs, Korean American actress Arden Cho shined in this form-fitting strapless by Sherri Hill, silver-strapped Aldo shoes, a Farbod Barsum clutch and jewels from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.
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3) The beautiful Indian-born American and “Top Chef” host, Padma Lakshmi, dazzled in a simple, yet stunning white Ralph Rucci dress.
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4) The adorably funny Indian American comedian and actress Mindy Kaling chose a unique dress by Kenzo, a coral halter-topped gown with glimmering silver detailing.
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5) You may not have known that this funny man came from Asian roots, but actor and comedian Fred Armisen is a quarter Japanese, inherited from his father’s side. Standing next to Carrie Brownstein, his partner-in-crime on IFC’s hilarious Portlandia, Armisen looked classy in a black suit with a dark gray dress shirt.
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6) Lucy Liu can never do wrong. The Taiwanese American actress looked absolutely heavenly in this pale Zac Posen gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, and jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.
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7) This hottie came out from behind the camera and swooned all of the Internet when he graced the stage to accept the Emmy for “Outstanding Director” for HBO’s True Detective. Half Japanese and half Swedish, director Cary Joji Fukunaga looked simultaneously manly and sweet in crisp black-and-white attire with his hair in braids.
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8) Last but certainly not least (and definitely the most little), half-Korean American actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays the snarky Lily on Modern Family, donned an appropriate navy-blue laced dress with black tights and patent black flats.
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[Photo sources: E! News and Vulture]

 

 

Arden Cho Looked Stunning At The VMAs

 

The beloved Arden Cho, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, turned heads on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Cho wore a sparkly Sherri Hill dress, strappy Aldo shoes, a shimmering Farbod Barsum clutch and beautiful Bavna jewels. The bracelet and earrings are from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.

Prior to her arrival, Cho teased us with a selfie and continued with adorable tweets throughout the night.

 

 

 

Arden was also very generous with her compliments of the performers and praised Ariana Grande multiple times. When Sam Smith performed his chart-topping song “Stay With Me,” Cho made us all giggle with her tweet. 

 

 

Currently, Cho plays Kira in MTV’s cult hit series Teen Wolf.

“Being an Asian actress, roles that are on the table often aren’t our first picks,” she says. “But when Teen Wolf came along, I really couldn’t have written a better part that I’d want to play. Sometimes it takes all these disappointments to make you appreciate something when it finally works out.”

 

Chinese Actress Fan Bing Bing Tapped to Play Anna May Wong (+ Her Top 5 Red Carpet Looks)

 

Word has it that Fan Bing Bing has been approached by the producers of biopic Dragon Lady to star in the upcoming film, and while it has not yet been confirmed whether or not the actress has agreed, we sincerely hope that the rumors are true.

Dragon Lady depicts the inspiring story of the late actress Anna May Wong (1905-1961), who made history as the first Chinese American actress, as well as the first Asian American to gain international recognition. Wong, who experienced much discrimination and rejection prior to achieving stardom, also single-handedly paved the way for future Asian American actors during a time when it was almost unheard of for non-Caucasian actors to appear on the big screen.

We think Fan Bing Bing, one of the most popular and well-known actresses in China, can definitely fill the shoes of the demanding role. Fan, who recently made appearances in the X-Men and Iron Man franchises, is best known for her breakout role in the hit 1990s series My Fair Princess in China. She has also starred in a variety of films, television shows and has multiple awards under her belt. In the midst of her busy schedule, the actress also found time to co-found the charity project, Heart Ali, that aims at helping Tibetan children who suffer from heart disease.

And of course, we can’t help but also love her for her flamboyant style on the red carpet. Take a look below at some of our favorites.

 

1. Elie Saab Autumn-Winter 2009 Haute Couture 

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2.  Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

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3. Golden Dragon Qipao Gown, designed by Laurence Xu

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4. Elie Saab 2012 Spring Couture

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5. Marchesa Fall 2013 Magenta Gown

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Asian Designers at the 86th Academy Awards

While we’re ecstatic for Robert Lopez, the first Filipino American to win an Oscar for composing Frozen‘s “Let it Go,” the Academy Awards was once again slim when it came to Asian nominees.

But there were plenty of Asian-designed gowns gracing the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsEmma Watson, who joined Joseph Gordon-Levitt in presenting the award for best achievement in visual effects, dazzled in a metallic gray and black Vera Wang dress.86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsA very pregnant Kerry Washington, star of the hit show Scandal, sports her baby bump in a simple lavender Jason Wu number.

oscars384 year-old June Squibb, one of the best supporting actress nominees for her role as Kate Grant in Nebraska (she lost to 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o) wears an emerald green, form-fitting Tadashi Shoji dress.oscars4Idina Menzel, who showed off her powerhouse vocals last night in a performance of “Let it Go” –– the hit song from Frozen that ended up winning best original song –– wears a sweeping Vera Wang dress.

Golden Globes 2014: Where are all the Asian People?

Story by Taylor Weik. 

As 5 p.m. drew closer and closer this past Sunday, my Tumblr dashboard began filling up with red. High-resolution photos of glamorous celebrities posing in their designer gowns and tuxedos on the red carpet were already making their way to the Internet, and the Golden Globes hadn’t even started.

 

I eagerly browsed the #gg14 tag on Tumblr while simultaneously searching online for a link to stream the red carpet event and the awards show itself. As someone who has spent more money on movie tickets than she’d care to admit and had at one point considered declaring film and media studies as a major, awards season is for me what the Superbowl is for my tailgate party-attending football fanatic friends. For a few hours on those special Sunday nights –– though I may be watching from a dimly lit computer screen and in pajama pants –– I couldn’t be happier.

 

I indulged in red carpet hour as always and watched as the ever-so-chic Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest made their interview rounds. Bradley Cooper. Jennifer Lawrence. Julia Roberts. Bryan Cranston. They came by limo, paused for questions and were swept away for photos. So many familiar faces from my favorite TV shows and movies flashed on the screen, but there were plenty more faces I didn’t see.

 

I could count the number of Asian people I saw on one hand. Little Aubrey Anderson-Emmons from Modern Family pranced around and comedian-actor Aziz Ansari attended (he also was one of three actors who announced the Golden Globe nominees back in December), but otherwise the turnout was discouraging. Phil Yu, founder of the popular Angry Asian Man blog, tweeted “Playing “Asian Spotting” while watching the Golden Globes is like the most boring game ever.”

The lack of Asian American actors, directors and crew members in the entertainment industry is nothing new to us. Browse the list of big movies set to release in 2014 and you won’t see any Asian American actors credited until almost half of the year is over, in May, when Ken Watanabe’s name appears in the new Godzilla reboot.

 

But at least last year at the Golden Globes, we had some representation in the form of successful actors like Lucy Liu, who wowed viewers in her long side braid and iconic floral Carolina Herrera gown on the red carpet. At least last year, Life of Pi was nominated for multiple awards, including Ang Lee for Best Director of a Motion Picture.

 

No one of Asian descent was nominated in the Golden Globes this year –– again, not a big surprise –– but the fact that I didn’t see many Asian people in the red carpet coverage says a lot about who is represented in Hollywood and who is continued to be left out of it.

 

Granted, some Asian Americans were represented in the form of dazzling dresses and six-inch heels. Kerry Washington flaunted her baby bump in a creamy Balenciaga number designed by Alexander Wang, and Jimmy Choo was a popular choice for pumps (Sandra Bullock) and clutches (Taylor Swift). But future awards shows better start recognizing the Rinko Kikuchis and Ken Watanabes out there –– I’m not sure how much longer I can stand having Hollywood equate “Asian American” with only designer bags and shoes.

 

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Unforgettable 2013: A Good Time Was Had By All [PHOTOS]

Story by James S. Kim. Photos by Steven Lam & White Rose Production.

A cool night at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles didn’t put a damper on this year’s annual “Unforgettable” awards gala. This year, for the first time in the event’s 12-year history, KoreAm Journal partnered with sister magazine Audrey to recognize three individuals in the Asian American community in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary as a publication.

Guests and celebrities lined an equally cool blue carpet, then warmed themselves with somewhat responsible helpings of Scotch whiskey provided by the presenting sponsor, Royal Salute.

Television journalist Lisa Ling returned to Unforgettable, this time as the mistress of ceremonies, to emcee the awards ceremony. Clara C and Walter Hong presented the first award to singer/songwriter David Choi in the Arts & Entertainment category. As a pioneering Asian American musician in the evolving YouTube and social media world, Choi dedicated the award to everyone in the room, thanking those who supported him in his endeavors.

Actress Tamlyn Tomita and actor Tim Jo presented the second award for the Audrey Woman of Influence, which went to film producer Janet Yang, whose numerous credits include The Joy Luck Club, Shanghai Calling and the Chinese version of Disney’s High School Musical. Yang has worked for years to bridge the gap between the Hollywood and Chinese film industries, and she said for the first time in history, Asian Americans have so many opportunities to present their own culture and stories from their own point of view.

Dante Basco and Lindsay Price presented Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas the Inspiration Award for his work as an activist for undocumented immigrants, including himself. While Vargas was grateful for the honor, he said the award was “premature,” as there was much more work to be done regarding immigration reform in the United States. He pleaded with the predominantly Asian American audience to be aware of a very prevalent issue.

Korean American L.A.-based indie rock band Run River North kicked off the night’s entertainment with a powerful performance, followed by a YouTube dream team of Clara C, Joseph Vincent and Jason Chen. Filipino American R&B band Legaci made their Unforgettable debut with a medley of their songs, while dance crew Poreotics returned with another signature set of polished dance moves. Korean American hip-hop icons Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae wrapped up the evening with fellow artist, Bizzy, showing why they are considered royalty in the Korean hip-hop scene. Guests were able to take home a  copy of their latest album, The Cure.

The event would not have been possible without presenting sponsor Royal Salute, charity partner Good Neighbors, corporate sponsors K2 L.A., BBCN Bank, Asiana Airlines, Intertrend Communications, Beverly Dental Group, Ten Advertising, Vistamar School, Sans Souci, KDB Daewoo Securities, Park Plaza Hotel, IW Group, Inc., CBS, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, WaBa Grill, Garden Suite Hotel, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Warner Bros., community sponsors Seah Steel, Korean American Economic Development Center, Paramount, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gary Kim, O11 Communications, NetKAL, Toyota, UC Berkeley Korean American Alumni Association, Shiseido, and Lawry’s Catering.

Audrey Magazine is an award-winning quarterly publication covering the Asian American experience, as seen from the perspective of Asian American women and is the sister magazine of KoreAm Journal. You can find more information at www.audreymagazine.com.

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Singer-songwriter and Dec 2013 KoreAm cover man David Choi.

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Producer Janet Yang on the blue carpet.

Yang accepts the Audrey Woman of Influence award.

Yang accepts the Audrey Woman of Influence award.

 

YouTube singers Jason Chen (L) and Joseph Vincent knit their brows on the blue carpet.

YouTube singers Jason Chen (L) and Joseph Vincent knit their brows on the blue carpet.

Filipino American singing group Legaci woos the crowd with their vocal stylings.

Filipino American singing group Legaci woos the crowd with their vocal stylings.

 

Run River North wows the crowd with their musical stylings.

Run River North wows the crowd with their musical stylings.

Poreotics whoas the crowd with their choreographed stylings.

Poreotics whoas the crowd with their choreographed stylings.

 

Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy on the blue carpet.

Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy on the blue carpet.

Tiger JK performs with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, a.k.a. MFBTY.

Tiger JK performs with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, a.k.a. MFBTY.

David Choi joins MFBTY on stage.

David Choi joins MFBTY on stage.

YouTube artists (from L to R) Jason Chen, Clara C and Joseph Vincent.

YouTube artists (from L to R) Jason Chen, Clara C and Joseph Vincent.

Actor Terrence Howard arrives with his wife, Mira Cristine Howard.

Actor Terrence Howard arrives with his wife, Mira Cristine Howard.

 

Cast members of Teen Wolf (from L to R) Tamlyn Tomita, Arden Cho and Tom T. Choi.

Cast members of Teen Wolf (from L to R) Tamlyn Tomita, Arden Cho and Tom T. Choi.

Arden Cho.

Arden Cho.

Singer Clara Chung.

Singer Clara Chung.

Singer Dia Frampton.

Singer Dia Frampton.

 

Rapper and KoreAm Nov 2013 cover man Dan Matthews.

Rapper and KoreAm Nov 2013 cover man Dan Matthews.

Activist Ju Hong and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Activist Ju Hong and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

 

Actor Leonardo Nam.

Actor Leonardo Nam.

Korean French actress Pom Klementieff.

Korean French actress Pom Klementieff.

 

The night’s host, Lisa Ling.

The night’s host, Lisa Ling.

Actress Lindsay Price with celebrity chef husband Curtis Stone.

Actress Lindsay Price with celebrity chef husband Curtis Stone.

Indie rock band Run River North.

Indie rock band Run River North.

 

Actor Tim Jo with girlfriend Hannah Jun.

Actor Tim Jo with girlfriend Hannah Jun.

Actress Vivian Bang.

Actress Vivian Bang.

 

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Actor and voice actor Dante Basco.

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com

 

Get This Celeb Look: Jenna Ushkowitz at The American Music Awards

Korean American actress Jenna Ushkowitz is best known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on the hit teen musical comedy-drama television series, Glee. Aside from her on-screen romance with heart-throb Mike Chang (played by Henry Shum Jr.), her character is known for being introduced as a shy and insecure girl with a fake stutter.

Clearly, this is far from actress Jenna Ushkowitz who shines on any red carpet. Celebrity Hairstylist Helen Jeffers gives us the secret to Ushkowitz’s amazing hair during The American Music Awards. Follow along to get this Celeb Look.

 

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1. I began by blow drying Jenna’s hair.  I sectioned off the hair into three. The first section beginning at the bangs and ending at the base of the neck. The two other sections on each side from crown to below the ears. Each section was about half an inch deep and was sprayed with a generous application of Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray from root to tip. I used the high heat setting on the hairdryer and a medium sized boar bristle round brush, paying particular attention to the roots to give them volume.

 

2. After blowdrying each section, I set and pinned it, till the entire head was done.

3. I removed the pins section by section, spraying each one with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Thermal Styling Spray and wrapping it from tip to root in a large barrel heated iron. This seals in the set and give texture and long lasting hold.

4. I loosened up the curls, running my fingers from root to tip and styled them around Jenna’s shoulders. I finished off the style with a generous application of White Sands Stuck Up Mega Hold Hairspray. This flake free product, repels moisture and gives the curls luster and shine.

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Aaron Kwok, Ken Watanabe and More at the 18th Annual Busan International Film Festival

Glamorous stars, stunning (sometimes shocking) fashion, blinding lights and a seemingly mile-long red carpet.

The Oscars? Cannes? Nope, it’s Opening Night at the Busan International Film Festival. And this time, the stars garnering the screams from fans are some of the most beautiful people from all around Asia.

Since its inception in 1996, the Busan International Film Festival (formerly, Pusan) has grown into arguably the biggest, most important film festival in all of Asia. Located in the seaside city of Busan, about 200 miles south of South Korea’s capital of Seoul, the film festival (also known as BIFF) draws thousands of film execs, media and international stars from around the world.

 

Aaron Kwok in a Longines ad.

Aaron Kwok in a Longines ad.

This year, the 18th annual BIFF, sponsored by prestige cosmetics line Artistry, kicks off this Thursday, October 3, with a red carpet screening of Vara: A Blessing, the third feature film by director and Bhutan priest Khyentse Norbu. Taiwanese mega-star Aaron Kwok is set to moderate the opening ceremony, and throughout the 10-day festival, we can expect to see luminaries like Ken Watanabe, who’ll be starring in Japan’s version of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven; and Vietnamese American actor Dustin Nguyen, whose film Once Upon a Time in Vietnam, which he directed, with have its international premiere.

Other highly anticipated films screening at BIFF include Joon-ho Bong‘s Snowpiercer, starring Kang-ho Song, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris; the controversial film Moebius by Ki-duk Kim; Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate about Julian Assange; and The Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis.

Kang-ho Song in Snowpiercer.

Kang-ho Song in Snowpiercer.

And of course, there will be tons of fashion (and films!) to evaluate. It’ll be a veritable eye candy fest. Stay tuned as Audrey goes to BIFF and gets a firsthand look at Opening Night!

The Busan Cinema Center, courtesy of Busan International Film Festival Korea, biff.kr.

The Busan Cinema Center, courtesy of Busan International Film Festival Korea, biff.kr.

 

RED CARPET PHOTOS: Freida Pinto Dazzles at 2013 Venice International Film Festival

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Audrey’s former cover girl takes to the red carpet on Thursday for the premiere of Miu Miu’s “Womens’ Tales” at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival.

Miu Miu has been collaborating with Venice Days to present this film showcase for women, by women – all to celebrate the voices of female creativity. Two films premiered at the showcase: “Le Donne delle Vucciria” (from Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass) and Ava DuVernay’s “The Door” (who was the first African American woman to win Best Director at Sundance).

Fashion house Miu Miu had stated that the series “Womens’ Tales” was to showcase “the need to stimulate reflection on women’s experiences” in all aspects of the film industry, “so they can put their heads together and share their thoughts on the nature of that ‘special something,’ so vibrant and so different, that a woman’s gaze can bring to the creation of a work of art.”

In conjunction with the two films, there will also be a series of talks with women in the industry. Pinto will appear on the panel “The Creativity of Producing” with Jules Daly, producer of “The Door,” Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Michelle Dockery, star of Downtown Abbey on August 31st.

KCON 2013 | M Countdown What’s Up LA? Exclusive Red Carpet Photos

After two jam-packed days of anything and everything hallyu, it was finally time for the convention’s biggest and most anticipated event — the star-studded concert and recording of Mnet’s über-popular music show, M Countdown.  But just before the curtains (or more appropriately, LED screens) rose, Audrey was lucky enough to have red carpet access, and we’re bringing you some photos of some of K-pop’s top stars.

 

A finalist on Mnet’s talent competition program, Superstar K4, sixteen year-old Yu Seung Woo melted hearts with his adorable smile and sweet, acoustic tunes.

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Next up was the ever-charming ballad group, 2AMdressed to a tee in suspenders, bow-ties and perfectly pressed shirts.

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Despite the scorching LA heat, DJ Koo kept it cool in his all-leather outfit and later on, made sure to hype up the crowd with his K-Pop mix at the start of the show.

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The only female artists in the line-up, SM Entertainment’s f(x) looked stunning in their printed, Versace-inspired outfits.  During the red carpet, Amber was able to express their excitement for the big show, as well as their gratitude to their American fans for their continued support, even being halfway around the world.

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Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated acts of the night, if the ear-piercing screams proved to be any indication, the 12 boys of EXO showed no signs of jet lag (after arriving in L.A. just the day before), making jaws drop with their perfectly fitting uniforms, coiffed hair and handsome looks.

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The guys of Teen Top, caught our attention with their colorful hair and charming charisma, showing very little signs of nerves, despite their KCON stage being their first performance outside of Korea.

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Decked out in a clean, well-fitted suit (brownie points for him!), Super Junior-M’s Henry hit the red carpet, delighting fans with his lovable personality, showing off an endearing sense of confidence that you couldn’t help but get drawn to.

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