Julie Chen reveals workplace racism led her to get plastic surgery for ‘Asian eyes’

Welllllll…her nose looks a tad bit smaller to me too. Just saying

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The ‘Talk’ host says that after the eye procedure, her career picked up. ‘The ball did roll for me,’ she said.

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BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Julie Chen reveals her plastic surgery before (l) and after headshots on ‘The Talk’ on CBS.

THE TALK

Julie Chen reveals her plastic surgery before (l) and after in headshots on ‘The Talk’ on CBS.

When it was her turn to share a deep, dark secret during a segment on “The Talk,” host Julie Chen explained that as a young journalist, she underwent plastic surgery to enlarge her “Asian eyes.”

Chen, 43, explained that she developed a deep insecurity about her eyes at age 25 after a boss at a Dayton, Ohio, news station told her that her heritage was hindering her career success.

 

The ladies of ‘The Talk’ have been revealing secrets all week on the show, and on Wednesday, Chen shared about a deep insecurity.

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The ladies of ‘The Talk’ have been revealing secrets all week on the show, and on Wednesday, Chen shared about a deep insecurity.

“He said, ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community?” she recalled. “How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.'”

The “Big Brother” host said the same sentiment was shared by a big-time agent she sought out while attempting to further her career.

Chen was told by a former boss and an industry agent that she wouldn’t be successful because of her ‘Asian’ eyes.

THE TALK

Chen was told by a former boss and an industry agent that she wouldn’t be successful because of her ‘Asian’ eyes.

“He said, ‘I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.'”

Chen said she had a conversation with her parents and extended family on the polarizing issue, but ultimately she decided to have the eye procedure. The talk show host also brought a before-and-after the surgery comparison.

 

The ‘Big Brother’ host said her career really took off after having the procedure, adding that it is a decision she doesn’t regret.

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The ‘Big Brother’ host said her career really took off after having the procedure, adding that it is a decision she doesn’t regret.

“After I had it done, the ball did roll for me,” she said. “And I wondered, ‘Did I give in to the man?'”

“I have to live with every decision that I’ve made … And it got me to where we are today. And I’m not going to look back.”

Culled from nydailynews.com

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