Before landing her gig as host of Big Brother, Julie Chen was just a local reporter in Ohio trying to make it in the industry.
However, the 47-year-old television personality revealed she faced hurdles as an Asian-American woman after being told she was unrelatable by a supervisor and looked “bored” and “disinterested” on camera. She then made the hard decision to undergo plastic surgery 20 years ago to make her eyes look bigger.
“[My parents and I] had a long conversation about if it would be denying my heritage,” she said on The Talk about the cosmetic procedure. “You know, my mom calls one auntie, my father calls an uncle… it spread to my entire family. It divided the family. Members of my family wanted to disown me if I got it done.”
While she confessed “the ball did roll” for her career following the procedure, she does not regret her decision. She even reveals she receives constant criticism, with comments like, “Way to give in to the Western standards of beauty,” and “You’re denying your heritage. You’re trying to look less Asian.”
“No one’s more proud of being Chinese than I am,” she added. “And I have to live with the decisions I’ve made. Every decision I’ve made…it got [me] to where we are today, and I’m not going to look back.”
And while she does admit to the eye lid surgery, she has denied undergoing a nose job.
“For the record, I have never had a nose job,” she clarified. “I have only had plastic surgery done to my eyes that I’ve already told you about.”
She went on to credit her makeup artist’s contouring skills for her seemingly smaller nose and even shared makeup-free photos to prove her point.
It’s refreshing to see Julie being completely honest about her plastic surgery — even if she didn’t owe anyone an explanation.