What you see is what you get. After Julie Chen's confession last week that she had undergone plastic surgery to make her "Asian eyes" look bigger, people started speculating about what else the Chinese-American Talk co-host had gotten "fixed." The answer, according to Chen herself: Nothing.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Chen took some time on The Talk to set the record straight about her appearance. "I have never had a nose job," she began. "I have only had plastic surgery done to my eyes, that I've already told you about."
She continued: "I do not have cheek implants. I did not take out fat over here to make my cheeks look more [sculpted]. I did not have chin surgery, I did not have a nose job. These are not veneers. I have not done my teeth — I've never even had braces. These are all my real teeth. Nothing, nothing else has been done, ever."
As proof of this, Chen offered up two photos of herself: one from her days as a news anchor in Dayton, and one of herself without makeup on a recent early morning. She also showed a video of herself getting made up for the show so viewers could see the effects of contouring and lighting.
"I will admit, I've thought about getting a nose job because I have a very bulbous, meaty nose. It's a meaty nose," she confessed. But it's also, according to her grandmother, a "good fortune" nose — which is why she decided to keep it.
"I'm very superstitious, because a lot of Chinese people are. And my grandmother, who had the same nose, said, 'Don't you touch that nose. That's what we Chinese people call a good fortune nose. You have the same nose as me,'" Chen recalled. "And my grandmother led, God rest her soul, a very peaceful, fortuitous life. She was a good lady, everyone loved her, and I'd never seen her get angry. She just led a happy life. So I didn't touch the nose."
The only thing she did touch, she says, is her eyes — and that was because her station manager in Dayton told her she'd never be an anchor otherwise. "Let's face it, Julie. How relatable are you to our community?" Chen recalled him saying. "How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton?"
The station at the center of her revelation has since apologized. "We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV," WDTN and WBDT president and general manager Joe Abouzeid said in a statement to the Dayton Daily News. "The station was under different management and ownership during that time. At WDTN and WBDT, we don't tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."
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