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LOONA’s JinSoul sparks controversy with alleged beauty comments about pale skin

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  • LOONA’s JinSoul upset netizens after she made comments about wanting paler skin and being disappointed by how much she tanned during her group’s world tour.
  • While replying to fans on the Fab app, JinSoul said she had researched how to get paler, whiter skin and that hers should be returning soon.
  • Her fans alleged her comments were “colorist” and emphasized the fact that she just recently interacted with fans of all different backgrounds and skin tones across the world.
  • Others remarked that the idea of pale, white skin being better was so ingrained in Korean beauty standards that JinSoul may have been ignorant of the issue.

LOONA member JinSoul has come under fire for alleged comments about wanting paler skin. 

JinSoul was communicating with fans on the Fab app when one of them messaged the idol saying, “Jinsoul is so pretty because her refreshing facial features contrast with her pale skin.”

Miss Taiwan cries after allegedly being banned from waving island’s flag on stage

  • Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned organizers at the World Congress on Innovation & Technology in Penang, Malaysia, for stopping beauty queen Kao Man-jung from waving the island’s flag on stage.
  • Photos and video shared on social media show the Taiwanese beauty queen crying during the opening ceremony on Tuesday.
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry accused China of putting pressure on the event organizers, calling the country a “bully.”
  • WCIT organizers later apologized to Kao.
  • Organizers claimed they could not allow her to go on stage because of a “last-minute change.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned organizers at the 2022 World Congress on Innovation & Technology (WCIT) in Penang, Malaysia, for stopping beauty queen Kao Man-jung from waving the island’s flag and joining other pageant contestants on stage.

Photos and video, shared by Taoyuan Department of Information Technology Director-General Karen Yu on Facebook, show the Taiwanese beauty queen visibly upset and in tears during the opening ceremony of the WCIT on Tuesday.

Kim Kardashian accused of ‘Asianfishing’ on Instagram

  • Several Reddit users in the r/KUWTK subreddit accused Kim Kardashian, 41, of “Asianfishing” in her Instagram post on Tuesday, where she promoted Tiffany and Co.’s latest Lock collection.
  • “She looks Asian here, it’s really strange,” one comment read, while another user wrote in their reply, “She's trying to give herself a less long oval face from what it looks like. It's dumb because we all know what she really looks like so what's the point?”
  • Another user pointed out similarities between Kardashian’s latest picture to those of her sister, Kourtney Kardashian, for the latter’s vitamin and supplement brand, Lemme.
  • “Hmm, looks like [she] used the same face filter/procedure as Kourtney’s ‘Lemme’ candy-in-the-bath shoot. They both look Asian. Also, yawn. This era Kim is so boring,” the user wrote.

American socialite and businesswoman Kim Kardashian is being accused of “Asianfishing” in one of her latest Instagram post.

Several Reddit users in the r/KUWTK subreddit accused the 41-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star of donning make-up that makes her look Asian in her Instagram post on Tuesday promoting Tiffany and Co.’s latest Lock collection.

Asian American founder sells anti-acne brand for $630 million

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  • Hero Cosmetics, an award-winning acne-focused skincare brand, was acquired by manufacturing giant Church & Dwight for $630 million this week.
  • Co-founded by Ju Rhyu in 2017, Hero Cosmetics is best known for its Mighty Patch, a hydrocolloid sticker that is claimed to heal acne breakouts without popping pimples.
  • Rhyu, who battled breakouts herself, realized the wonders of hydrocolloids, a waterproof dressing typically used for wounds, while she was living in Seoul several years ago.
  • In addition to its pimple patches, Hero Cosmetics now sells other products such as cleansers, toners and moisturizers.
  • Rhyu will retain her position as the brand’s chief executive officer, while cofounders Dwight Lee and Andy Lee will continue to serve as chief operating officer and chief design officer, respectively.

Hero Cosmetics, an award-winning acne-focused skincare brand, has been acquired by manufacturing behemoth Church & Dwight for $630 million this week.

Co-founded by Ju Rhyu in 2017, Hero Cosmetics is best known for its Mighty Patch, a hydrocolloid sticker that is claimed to heal acne breakouts without popping pimples.

Botched cosmetic tattoo done on a budget leaves Thai woman with four eyebrows

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  • A 32-year-old Thai woman hoping to enhance her features was left horrified after a cosmetic tattoo artist left two dark arches above her natural brows.
  • The tattoo artist promised to remove the botched eyebrow tattoo; however, the clinic shut down the next day and the woman could not contact the owners.
  • After a year of staying at home out of humiliation, the woman was approached by another tattoo artist who offered to fix her eyebrows for free.
  • Although it took three months to fix the woman’s eyebrows, she is now happy with the new artist’s work.

After visiting a budget clinic for a cosmetic tattoo, a Thai woman was horrified after seeing that the tattoo artist had drawn two dark eyebrows above her natural brows. 

For an upcoming trip with friends, Nipapron Meeking, 32, visited a budget clinic with a friend’s recommendation to receive an eyebrow tattoo. 

Blind Chinese makeup artist teaches other visually impaired women how to apply makeup

  • A blind Chinese makeup artist has taught thousands of visually impaired women to apply their makeup using their sense of touch.
  • The woman was diagnosed with inherited retinal dystrophy at 14 years old and gradually lost her sight as she progressed into adulthood.
  • After graduating from a school for the blind, she opened a massage parlour; however, she quit after experiencing frequent sexual harassement from clients.
  • The 30-year-old now teaches in-person and online courses.
  • She can sense the direction of false eyelashes using her lips and recognize where certain products go based on skin texture and facial features.

A blind Chinese woman who is considered China’s “first blind makeup artist” has taught thousands of visually impaired women how to apply makeup using their sense of touch.

Xiao Jia, 30, was diagnosed with inherited retinal dystrophy when she was 14 and gradually lost her sight as she progressed into adulthood. When Xiao was 9 years old, she began experiencing discomfort in her eye and would see a “gray cloud” in front of her. 

Chinese designer Guo Pei holds largest US exhibition of her work at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor

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  • Internationally renowned Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei debuted her largest-ever U.S. exhibition at the Legion of Honor, an art museum in San Francisco.
  • “Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy” highlights over 80 pieces of the couturier’s works from the past 20 years.
  • Scheduled to run until Sept. 5, the exhibition has already been attracting throngs of people and is on its way to becoming one of the museum's most popular exhibitions of all time.
  • Guo is known for her intricate designs that combine “the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world.”
  • The 55-year-old designer, widely considered to be China’s first couturier, has made a name for herself in the international fashion scene, with her sought-after creations reaching fashion shows in cities such as Paris, San Francisco and Beijing.

Internationally renowned Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei debuted her largest-ever U.S. exhibition at the Legion of Honor, an art museum in San Francisco. 

“Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy” highlights over 80 pieces of her works from the past 20 years. Scheduled to run until Sept. 5, the exhibition has already been attracting throngs of people and is on its way to becoming one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions of all time. 

LA beauty brand collaborates with Nissin to create Cup Noodles makeup collection

  • Los Angeles-based beauty brand HipDot recently collaborated with Japanese food company Nissin to create a ramen-inspired makeup collection.
  • The HipDot x Cup Noodles collection, which consists of a pigment palette, a lip and cheek set and a collector’s box, was launched early last week.
  • "Cup Noodles recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and we are so excited to expand our makeup collaboration portfolio with another cult-classic, household name in the food space," HipDot CEO Jeff Sellinger said in a statement. “We love to continue creating a world in which food and beauty can exist in one, all the while surprising fans in both industries."
  • The products in the collection are all vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, mineral oil-free, phthalates free and paraben free, according to HipDot.
  • Prices for the limited edition items start at $22.

HipDot, a Los Angeles-based beauty brand, recently collaborated with Nissin to create a ramen-inspired make-up collection – perfect for fans of instant noodles and cosmetics.

The HipDot x Cup Noodles collection, which consists of a pigment palette, a lip and cheek set and a collector’s box, was launched early last week.

Singaporean model says she’s ‘shattered’ after artist allegedly used her likeness in a nude painting

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  • Singaporean model Duan Mei Yue accused Russian artist Angelina Poveteva of using an image of her 18-year-old self as a reference for a nude painting that sold for $10,000.
  • The painting was put on sale and displayed in an exhibition by Poveteva.
  • Duan shared her Instagram conversation with Poveteva, who claimed her painting is based on another model; however, according to Duan, the reference photos Poveteva sent her were Photoshopped.
  • Duan is having trouble executing a lawsuit due to Russia’s complicated copyright laws.

Singaporean model and artist Duan Mei Yue accused Russian artist Angelina Poveteva of stealing her image and using it as the reference for a nude painting that sold for $10,000. 

Duan took to Instagram and TikTok to point out the likeness of Poveteva’s painting, titled “Time to Open Your Eyes,” to a photograph taken of her when she was 18-years-old.

Drag queen Kim Chi talks Korean pride and her ‘full circle’ moment with her queer POC makeup line

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  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Kim Chi has a makeup line, “KimChi Chic Beauty,” which is now available at over 130 CVS stores nationwide.
  • Kim Chi bought her first eyeliner and brush set at CVS and describes her makeup line’s launch at the drugstore chain as coming “full circle.”
  • Her experiences growing up as a Korean American in a “small and predominantly white town in Michigan” taught her to embrace her individuality and recognize the importance of diversity and representation.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Kim Chi’s makeup line “KimChi Chic Beauty” is now available at over 130 CVS locations across the U.S.

The prominent Korean American drag queen, whose real name is Shin Sang-young, shared the news last month on her Twitter account, expressing gratitude to her fans and her excitement over seeing her line at the national drugstore chain.

Woman grows ‘horn-like’ protrusions after botched fox eye thread lift procedure

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  • Australian gym receptionist Jessie Carr, 21, took to TikTok to express regret after a botched fox eye thread lift resulted in bumps on her forehead that look like tiny horns.
  • The procedure was inspired by a popular makeup trend on TikTok that creates the illusion of almond-shaped eyes.
  • The trend has been slammed by several social media users who consider it blatant cultural appropriation of Asian facial features.
  • “When I was looking at photos on various surgeon’s pages, [a before and after image of Bella Hadid] was one of the main images they used to advertise the fox eye threads,” Carr said in her TikTok.
  • She eventually had the threads removed and shared the story of her botched fox eye thread lift as a warning to women who are considering a similar procedure.

An Australian woman ended up with horn-like protrusions on the sides of her forehead after undergoing a fox eye thread lift. 

Gym receptionist Jessie Carr, 21, underwent a procedure based on a viral TikTok trend in the hopes of looking like Bella Hadid. 

Banana peel skincare routine: Dermatologists skeptical of viral TikTok claim

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  • Dermatologist Mamina Turegano has gone viral for her TikTok video series featuring her 72-year-old mom’s skincare tips.
  • One of the most popular videos featured her mom’s use of banana peels, which she claims have “a lot of properties that are beneficial for the skin.”
  • The video, uploaded in 2020, has generated over 758,000 views and over 127,000 likes.
  • Other dermatologists, however, have countered the video’s claims, noting that there is no actual scientific research that currently backs them.
  • Still, other experts have suggested there are certain features of bananas that could help skin, despite the current lack of research.

A years-old video featuring a 72-year-old mother using banana peels as part of her skincare routine has recently been blowing up again on TikTok.

Dermatologist Mamina Turegano uploaded the original video back in 2020 of her mother Michiko rubbing banana peels on her face to her TikTok page @dr.mamina