“Fox eyes” are not only achieved through makeup, however. It can be achieved permanently through plastic surgery.
Dr. Charles S. Lee, whose work has been featured on various TV programs, proves that the trend is inspired by Asian features.
In a TikTok video this week, he reveals that the “fox eye” surgery, or corono-canthopexy, was developed 50 years ago by another plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Flowers, in Honolulu.
“He [Flowers] loved the exotic look he obtained by tilting the eyelids up and lifting the brows,” Lee says. “He was inspired by the aesthetics of the Asian eye in Hawaii.”
In a climactic twist, Lee reveals that he knew about it because he and Flowers actually worked together. He shows a younger photo of himself and his work partner in their scrub suits to prove his claim.
In the comments, Lee shared that he joined Flowers well after the latter invented the surgery. He added that Flowers had retired 15 years ago.
While debates on whether or not “fox eyes” are racist are likely to continue, we now know that the surgical procedure to achieve them is inspired by Asian features.
“Saving this for future arguments,” one user commented.
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