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Julie Chen On Her Plastic Surgery Reveal: My Parents Are So ‘Proud’

Fri, September 13, 2013 6:51pm EDT by 7 Comments
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After Julie told the world she had plastic surgery on her ‘Asian eyes’ to make herself appear more ‘relatable’ to viewers, she’s opening up about her feelings and her parents’ reaction to her big reveal.

Chinese-American TV personality Julie Chan confessed her shocking secret on a Sept. 11 episode of The Talk, and she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from friends, family and fans since then. Read on for more details!

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Julie, 43, is so brave for revealing her deepest secret on national television — but it wasn’t easy, of course.

“I felt vulnerable and nervous that the haters who hide behind their computers on the Internet would come out and say mean things,” Julie said in a statement to Us Weekly. “And some did. That was expected.”

Thankfully, Julie’s supporters far outnumber her haters.

“I was pleasantly surprised by all the supportive emails, tweets, and postings from our show’s viewers who are not Asian but told me they understood my story,” she added. “To them I say thank you.”

Julie is also very grateful to her parents, who stood by her when she first decided to have the surgery — even though some of her other family members wanted to disown her at the time.

“I chickened out of telling my mom before the show aired what my secret was,” she says. “I was overwhelmed with love and relief when she sent me an email right after it aired, saying she and my father could not be more proud of me.”

We’re so glad Julie feels loved and supported! It must have been so hard for her to share her story, but hopefully it will serve as a cautionary tale to young women facing similar discrimination.

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Poor Julie! After encountering racism in the workplace when she was a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio, she felt compelled to alter her appearance for good.

Julie made the decision after pressure from her news director, who said, “You will never be on this anchor desk because you’re Chinese.”

Julie adds, “He said, ‘Let’s face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we really have in Dayton? … On top of that because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, when you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy, they are so small.'”

How awful! Julie said she was “very insecure” at the time and the criticism hurt her immensely. “It felt like a dagger in my heart,” she says. “It was racism.”

Julie finally gave in and got the surgery, and she revealed her shocking before and after pictures on The Talk, noting how “dramatic” the difference was. Julie said she sometimes still struggles with the decision she made, but realizes there’s no turning back now.

“I don’t like to live with regrets. I did it. I moved on. No one’s more proud of being Chinese than I am,” she said on The Talk.

We’re so glad Julie has overcome her feelings of guilt over her surgery and is moving forward with her life and career.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you support Julie’s controversial decision to have plastic surgery? Let us know!

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