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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Julie Chen

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Famous For:
Big Brother, The Talk, and The Early Show
Networth:
$16 Million
Currently Known For:
TV Host, News Anchor, and Producer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
January 6, 1970
Julie Chen


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  Famous For:
Big Brother, The Talk, and The Early Show

  Networth:
$16 Million

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“Anything that can happen, will happen.” Hailing from Queens, New York where she was raised by Chinese immigrants, Julie Chen knew she wanted to be a television broadcaster when she enrolled at the University of Southern California in the late 1980s. Graduating in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English, Chen showed outstanding potential as she landed a handful of internships and a part time job in news before she was given her first chance in the anchor’s seat after making the move to Dayton, Ohio in 1995. Chen’s career was obviously blossoming but she was desperate to find even more success and took some advice, although offensive, from one of her bosses.Advertisements:


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While Chen was living in Dayton between 1995 and 1997, she opted for plastic surgery to enlarge her eyes. Although she initially kept the procedure secret, she later admitted that her decision to go under the knife stemmed from advice she received from her news director. “You will never be on the anchor desk because you’re Chinese,” Chen said as she recalled his words. “Let’s face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton?”

Despite the advice being offensive, the 25-year-old Chen knew there was some truth to it but was still apprehensive about having anything cosmetic done to her face, especially when it involved her family heritage. That was, of course, until she was looking for an agent to help her network beyond Ohio. Chen recalls, “This one big-time agent basically told me the same thing. He said, ‘I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.’” Even with two opinions, it was a difficult decision for Chen who turned to her family for guidance since it meant somewhat detaching herself from their Chinese roots. After much thought and the support of her parents and two older sisters, Chen opted for the surgery.

Relatively anonymous at the time, Chen wasn’t the center of any plastic surgery controversy or tabloid headline but that isn’t to say the procedure didn’t change her life and career forever. Finally coming forward about her procedure during an episode of the hit CBS daytime show The Talk, which she cohosts alongside Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood, the now 46-year-old Chen said she has absolutely no regrets. “No one is more proud of being Chinese than I am,” she said. “And I have to live with the decisions I’ve made…I’m not going to look back.”

While many speculate if Chen would have gotten to where she is today without the surgery, it obviously worked in her favor since she snagged the part-time anchor spot on CBS Morning News shortly after going under the knife. She slowly climbed the ladder and, before long, was named as a news anchor for CBS This Morning and The Early Show before she caught a huge break in 2000 when she was named the host of Big Brother, a role she still holds today.

Since letting the “cat out of the bag” about the procedure to widen her eyes, the rumor mill has been working overtime with many arguing that Chen has also had work done on her nose. Quick to deny and prove her critics wrong, Chen has even posted side-by-side photos of herself saying, “I have only had plastic surgery done to my eyes that I’ve already told you about.” Other than her nose, Chen is also no stranger to comments criticizing her for abandoning her Chinese heritage. One person even wrote in saying, “You’re denying your heritage. You’re trying to look less Asian.” Chen’s response, “I don’t look any less Chinese.”

In looking at the before and after photos, it’s obvious that Chen was born with a double eyelid like many of her family members. “The goal was to simply have bigger eyes so the camera didn’t make me look sleepy, bored, angry or disinterested in my interviews,” she said. With Chen’s obvious passion for her work, it’s even harder to argue against the surgery and how it not only improved her looks but also her career. “My lifelong dream was to one day be a network news anchor,” she said. Meeting that goal before she was even 30 years old, it took her over a decade to finally come forward and admit her own internal battle after going under the knife so many years ago on a suggestion rooted in how she could better relate to her audiences with wider eyes to complement her bright smile and on-air charm. If you ask us, she’s been doing just that whether it’s gabbing with the ladies on The Talk or hosting Head of Household and Golden Power of Veto competitions on Big Brother.

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