Julie Chen has denied she had a nose job after admitting that she had eye surgery at 25.
Julie Chen, 43, who revealed last week that she was once told she would never be an anchor because she is Chinese, told The Talk yesterday that she has not had any other cosmetic surgery.
“For the record, I have never had a nose job,” Julie Chen said.
“I have only had plastic surgery done to my eyes that I’ve already told you about.”
Julie Chen says that the difference in the appearance of her nose in her “after” photo was thanks to her make-up artist’s contouring skills. She demonstrated this with side-by-side photos of herself before her eye surgery and herself now before make-up.
She also shared a 20-second time-lapse video of her hair and make-up process, including her make-up artist’s expert contouring.
That is not to say that she didn’t consider a rhinoplasty though. Julie Chen says she decided against it, however, after her grandmother told her that the shape of her nose is considered a “good fortune nose” in Chinese culture – and they both shared the same feature.
Julie Chen also insisted on Monday’s edition of the show that her intention with the eye procedure was not to make herself look “less Asian”, rather that she wanted her eyes to look “more open”.
Referring to “haters” who shared “hurtful” responses to her story, Julie Chen said: “The hateful comments that I read where people were judging me were people within my own community.
“It was 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>>.
“Guess what? I don’t look less Chinese! I’m not fooling anybody here. That’s number one.
“Number two: half of us Asians are born with the double-eyelid.
“My mother was born with it. My father has one lid that was creased, one lid that didn’t get its crease until he hit his late teens. I have one sister born with the creases, one sister born without it, so it wasn’t denying my heritage.”
Julie Chen added in an interview with People magazine: “The goal was to simply have bigger eyes so the camera didn’t make me look sleepy, bored, angry or disinterested in my interviews.
“The goal was to look, in my opinion, more alert and more interested on camera for my work/career.”
Julie Chen’s The Talk co-star Sharon Osbourne says the furor surrounding the eye surgery compares to her own rhinoplasty.
Sharon Osbourne said on Monday’s show: “I got rid of my Jew-bump on my nose and I still tell people I’m half a Jew. I just didn’t want it!
“You are what you are. I love being what I am, I embrace being what I am, but did I want that nose? No!”