See the before and after photo below? On the left is Julie Chen, and on the right, a very different looking Julie Chen. Why the massive change in physical appearance? Well, in order to achieve success in her field, the then 25 year old Chen was told she would need to drastically alter her appearance to move forward in her career.And whether true or not, it’s not just the sever plastic surgery she underwent that is heartbreaking. The saddest part is what the change was meant to do. Chen didn’t undergo elective plastic surgery because her nose was too big or chin too long; no. Chen underwent plastic surgery because she was not white enough. She effectively went under the knife to remove her heritage, and sadly, she did gain success after.
There is so much wrong with not only this story, but with the social coercion behind plastic surgery and the impossibly restrictive and disenfranchising Western ideals of beauty; it’s all too much to handle sometimes.
As a 25-year-old working at Dayton, Ohio’s WDTN-TV in 1995, Julie Chen wanted to anchor the news on air. BUT FIRST, she had to look less Chinese and more white, according to both her boss and her agent. And so, as she revealed on yesterday’s episode of The Talk, she got plastic surgery all over her face. See above.
"And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me," she said on the show. In 1999, Chen became an anchor for CBS Morning News, and then in 2000, she landed her current gig of hosting Big Brother. It’s also rumored that that’s when she started dating her future husband and current CBS CEO Les Moonves, whom she married in 2004. Chen didn’t specify whether her Westernized face got the ball rolling on that relationship, as well.
"If you look at the after [picture], the eyes are bigger, I look more alert…more expressive," said the woman known as Chenbot.