Here goes my second trendrant. On October 15th, famous Chinese actress Angelababy underwent a court case in which doctors proved that her beautiful face was genuine – not the product of plastic surgery. Even BBC news covered this trending case (link here), saying that Angelababy had been facing rumors of plastic surgery since 2012.
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Here is what I’m seeing in this situation that scares me. East Asian actresses are so pressured to conform to a set beauty standard – I’m talking big eyes, double eyelids, small nose, sharp chin – or very few of them actually can make it in the business. Once they change themselves accordingly and rise to the top of the entertainment industry, BAM. Comments turn from ‘are you pretty enough’ into ‘aren’t you too pretty’? I would respond, are you kidding me?? This is such a poisonous cycle of imposing beauty standards and then not even allowing women to have the agency to conform to them! This is when the admiration for so called natural beauty turns a bit sour. You have to be 95% beautiful, because if you are 100% beautiful, you are automatically ‘too pretty’, oops, you lose all your glory because you definitely were not born with that. Other gorgeous Chinese actresses like Fan Bingbing and Li Bingbing underwent the same double standard pressure.