Friday, November 6, 2009

Asian Invasion

Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, I was the only Asian girl in my school for YEARS. And although I had plenty of friends, I still got made fun of a LOT. Flat face, ching chong chang, flat top, etc. were routinely hurled in my direction, even by my "friends." Luckily I was young enough and apparently had enough of a sense of humor to come out unscarred.

Except. I never thought I could be beautiful unless I looked like my Caucasian peers. Blonde hair and big eyes were my top two wishes. And now, to this day, I get stupid excited when I see a beautiful Asian chica grace the small screen/big screen/magazines and now blogs. This morning as I was checking my Google Reader, I clicked on one of my fave fashion blogs, Style and the City, and was captivated by what I saw:




First, I noticed her terribly chic outfit - j'adore the muted black on black tones mixed with a gorgeous, oversized (and hopefully faux) fur vest and sparkly handbag. After all my initial oohing and ahhing, I then realized that she is: (1) stunning and (2) Asian! Love that. Love that Asian women are now celebrated in the fashion world as being stylish and beautiful. Love that I no longer feel that my small Asian eyes, petite nose, and high cheekbones cannot be beautiful.

C'est tout for moi this Friday. Bon weekend, mes amies!!

10 comments:

melimo said...

well for the record, i love your asian features, friend. :-)

Sarah said...

I find the differences in beauty appeal, between Asians and Caucasians to be terribly fascinating. It seems like it is almost the opposite in many cases, Caucasians admire Asian features, while Asians admire Caucasian features--here in the NE at least, I've come across many Caucasian girls who love Asian features. When I was in college, I had a friend who was in an Asian sorority. I was always jealous, b/c I thought they had a much more wicked sense of style. And I know, you and I both, have a girl crush on Lindsay Price. Adorable & beautiful!

Caitlin said...

You and this lady are both GORGEOUS! I was lucky enough to attend a seminar last night given by Lee Mun Wah where he encouraged everybody to embrace their heritage, so this blog is very timely. Rock on!

Sallie Ann said...

Carolyn, Having grown up in the same place, it is odd (now that I think about it) that there aren't more Asians in Lafayette. For the record, I'm blond and green-eyed and I alwasy felt like a wallflower there too. All those french/creole girls are so beautiful! But, I digress...White girls often envy Asian girls, so it seems so odd that an Asian girl might look to Caucasians for physical inspiration? Most important, you are so beautiful...in and out. Getting comfy in your skin is the best bit about getting older!

Rachel said...

Ok girly... you are crazy! Growing up, and still, I've always wanted Asian features! I have always wanted the beautiful skin and the hair! -- girly, why would you ever want to be blonde!?!!? NONSENSE! :) You are GORGEOUS! Seriously.

Bonjour Madame said...

Carolyn, you are beautiful!

MGS Fotografie said...

Dude, Asians have a wicked sense of style! & are gorge! It's funny though, I read an article a few years back about Chinese woman who would go through ridiculous lengths to make themselves look more caucasian (eyelid surgery, leg lengthening surgery, etc.)...I didn't really get it since I think there are beautiful women of all races & it's ridiculous to want to be someone you're not (which is also why I don't expect to ever have the body of Kate Moss or Kate Hudson)...am I rambling? My point is that you are beautiful, you just have to own it :)

Carolyn said...

WOW!! y'all's responses have been incredible - i was so not expecting it. thank you! soo many good points. merci merci MERCI!

karey m. said...

first...genius blog. loving it.

second...saw your comment about my boots on simple lovely. click on the pic. it should take you to zappos. they're by naughty monkey. a cheap fix for the season, i think.

third...xoxo.

Teaspoon said...

Hello fellow austinite! I know how you feel. Except I'm Mexican. I always wanted to be blond and change my name to Sarah. Hah, I've grown to love myself though.