Posts tagged lynn chen
Posts tagged lynn chen
Lynn was surprised to learn,when she sat down to interview her friend Randall Park for The Actor’s Diet Podcast, that he considers himself body-conscious. You can hear them talk about it around the 24-minute mark.
Have you ever wished you could eat anything you want and not gain weight? I definitely did - I wrote an entire comic about it. I thought of it as a superpower, not knowing it’s a rare, genetic ailment that actually exists.
Lizzie Velasquez has this syndrome - only one of three people born with it - and has never weighed more than 64 pounds. She found a viral video of herself online calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman” and has responded by becoming a motivational speaker and author.
In this TED Talk, it becomes abundantly clear how beautiful Lizzie really is. We could all learn a lot about the power of choice and inner strength from her.
Co-Founder Lynn Chen was recently a guest on the new “Inspiration with Val” podcast, where she talks about Thick Dumpling Skin and overcoming her eating disorders. Visit the site to listen and enter for a chance to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!
It’s my brother’s 40th today so I interviewed him for a birthday (and Thanksgiving themed) podcast on The Actor’s Diet, filled with lots of dumpling discussion!
You can listen here, or download the episode on iTunes.
Co-founder Lynn Chen interviews her Saving Face and Nice Girls Crew costar Michelle Krusiec on the latest episode of The Actor’s Diet Podcast! Lots of talk about body image and Taiwanese food. You can listen to it live, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher.
(If you’re not in Los Angeles, you can giggle through Season 1 online.)
When I was a little girl, I’d often watch The Miss America or Miss USA Pageant with my family. My parents had amusing commentary, usually along the lines of, “Lynn could do that” and I would dismiss them, knowing someone who looked like me would never be accepted in a world dominated by blonde-haired, blue-eyed women.
Tonight, not only was Nina Davuluri the first contestant of Indian Heritage to be crowned, but her runner-up was also Asian-American, Miss California/Crystal Lee.
Honestly, the racist reaction isn’t surprising to me. It’s what I imagined, as a child, that I would hear when it finally happened. I just can’t believe it’s taken SO LONG for this to happen.
FYI our new queen also struggled with body image and eating disorders:
She is sick of the pain caused in America by use of the word “skinny.” Davuluri is aware of the impossible body image too many girls equate with “beauty contests,” and she knows about clinical associations between eating disorders and childhood pageants.
She has struggled with her weight since she was a child, and she thinks the American emphasis on being slender is a false and dangerous ideal, leading too often to a destructive path.
For that reason, she declines to reveal what she weighs now - not out of vanity, Davuluri said, but because she worries about girls who might try to make her ideal weight into their own goal. She said the perfect weight, for any individual, is the plateau where you are healthy and feel good about yourself.
Davuluri hopes young women watching the pageant will contemplate the healthy aspects of what she calls her “weight loss journey,” and she said the weight that she’ll take onto the stage is hardly a level she’d define as “skinny.”