Posts tagged lynn chen
Posts tagged lynn chen
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.”
Read the full article here!
Who else wants to be Tamlyn Tomita? Raising hand.
(Photo credit by Giant Robot, who also has an interview with Tamlyn!)
Whenever I was in the company of anyone, I sucked in my gut. I constantly adjusted my blouse or sweater, employing a handy three-step technique:
1. Grasp fabric in the belly area, stretch it out as far as it will go (which is to say, as far as it will go without ripping), and release.
2. Try not to move to the left, the right, up, or down.
3. Try not to breathe.
Even when I thinned down considerably, I was still conscious of my belly. I never wore a bikini or showed my stomach at all if I could help it. I was horrified if my gut ever made it into a photo, if somehow I was captured with those dang rolls hanging out.
The only time I wasn’t self-conscious about my belly was when it was at its largest. But I was pregnant, so that didn’t count. Every pregnant belly is beautiful, for what it holds inside. But then the baby is born, and guess what’s back?
As time marched on, my belly problem only got worse. Jeans looked good on my legs, but my blubber spilled over the top. Belts were a no-no. I turned to elastic waists, which felt good but made me worry that I was somehow cheating. Also, they made me feel like a slob. Whenever I got dressed up, I looked OK except in that one place.
Then two things happened. A few years ago, I was on a trip with my best friend, and we were lying on the beds in our hotel room. Her blouse was raised a little and I glimpsed her belly, and lo and behold: I saw that it was even bigger than mine.
But it wasn’t awful at all. It was part of her. And as such, I loved it.
Then, a few months later, on a hot summer’s day, I was with my mother, who was complaining about the temperature. “You should put on some shorts,” I told her. She shook her head.
“Why not?” I asked, and she leaned in close to whisper, “Varicose veins.”
“Mom,” I said. “No one cares.” And then I connected some dots.
Read the full article here.
The latest episode of The Actor’s Diet Podcast features an interview with Tzi Ma, where the legendary actor talks with Lynn about eating $2000 worth of filet mignon, Jackie Chan’s personal chef, and Chinese soup recipes. Also… there’s a Disneyland giveaway. You’ll be entered for two free tickets if you write a review on iTunes!
More info on The Actor’s Diet blog.