In a revealing episode of CBS’s “The Talk” Wednesday, host Julie Chen admitted to having plastic surgery after being told that her Chinese heritage would hinder her success.
According to Fox News, the young journalist was told by both her news director and her agent that she would never sit at an anchor desk because of her “Asian eyes”.
“My secret dates back to — my heart is racing — it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio,” Chen, 43, recalled. “I asked my news director … over the holidays if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, ‘You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.’ He said, ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? 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.”
Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who thought so.
“This one big-time agent basically told me the same thing,” Chen added. “He said, ‘I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look better.’ He then whips out a list of plastic surgeons who have done this procedure.”
After discussing her insecurities with her family, Chen decided to go through with the plastic surgery. The procedure involved trimming down excess skin, Fox News reports, in order to enlarge her “Asian eyes.”
Chen admits that the procedure did help her get jobs.
“After I had it done, the ball did roll for me,” she said. “And I wondered, ‘Did I give in to the man?’”
Despite these thoughts, Chen says she does not her regret her decision.
“I don’t like to live with regrets. I did it. I moved on. No one is more proud to be Chinese than I am.”