Hattie Burgher 「Natalie Nootenboom on Being the First Plus Size Model to Walk Anna Sui and Championing for Body Positivity」

Posted on September 22, 2017 commentaires

Earlier this month, 16-year-old Natalie Nootenboom made history when she became the first plus-size model to walk in the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week. The 5’11, half Japanese model and niece to DJ Steve Aoki was once bullied for the very traits that have made her a standout in the modeling industry: her long dark hair, full lips, green eyes, and distinct Asian features.

But Nootenboom believes her mission is one of empowerment and continuing the body positivity movement that has already helped her feel more represented. “I'm an ambassador for women and for body image,” Nootenboom tells『ELLE』. “I think that the more plus size models are out there and the more that they are incorporated into the media that it’s so much easier to accept your body and see people representing different body types.”

Aside from making her runway debut this fashion week, Nootenboom has also done work with Charlotte Russe and Beyond Yoga. Here, she talks to『ELLE』about walking Anna Sui, breaking into modeling, and the impact she hopes to have on the industry.

『ELLE』: How did you end up in the modeling industry?

Nootenboom: Basically, I was discovered on Instagram. I've always wanted to be a model ever since I was a young girl, and I just never had the opportunity. I would go into modeling agencies, and they would say I was too young or too big and so I got rejected. Years later, I got a message from a woman from Natural Models LA saying, “Hey, do you wanna be a model?”

You recently walked in Anna Sui’s show during NYFW. What did it feel like to be the first plus-sized model to walk in her show?

It was uncomfortable at first. Being the first of anything requires a little uncomfortability. When I walked backstage, a lot of people assumed I was on crew because they had never seen a plus size model walk for Anna Sui. A lot of the other models were well known, and they had a lot of press. The photographers didn’t know who I was. I thought it was a very magical experience, and I’m so honored that she chose me to be the first plus size model.

Has the body positive movement that we’ve seen transpire over the last five years helped you learn to embrace your body?

Absolutely. I think entertainment is the number one leading force these days. I’m not just a model, I'm an ambassador for women and for body image. I think that the more plus size models are out there and the more that they are incorporated into the media I think that it’s so much easier to accept your body and see people representing different body types.

Do you think the fashion industry could do a better job of being more inclusive?

Yeah, definitely. I mean men’s plus size models are coming out, and I think that’s great. The more that we can expand the more power we have. There’s almost like this army fighting against judgment and saying, “Let’s not be judgmental. Let’s be accepting.” And that’s one of the goals. And my goal is to help open the industry’s mind on things like NYFW and being included in shows that wouldn't necessarily use plus size models.

The more that I work and put myself out there, the more that I can help people see that judgment is not the answer, acceptance is.

You’ve said you look up to your uncle, Steve Aoki, because he broke Asian norms with his music. Do you hope to do the same with modeling?

One of my dreams is to be on the cover of magazines one day and do international work as an Asian model like what my uncle, Steve Aoki, does with music. I want to break stereotypes of beauty, size, ethnicity and just be a role model for women all over the world and any age. Stereotypes are dangerous. People that are very closed-minded will look at stereotypes and be like, “Oh, those are the only Asians that exist; there are no plus-size Asians,” and that’s dangerous. The more that I work and put myself out there, the more that I can represent and open people's minds and help people see that judgment is not the answer, acceptance is.

With her uncle Steve Aoki
Courtesy of subject

What is the most frustrating thing about being a model? It all seems so glamorous, especially with the help of Instagram, but are there ever days where you are like, “Ugh this is so not fun?”

Absolutely. Traveling is exhausting so I have to be on top of my diet, what I look like, make sure my skin is clear and [I] have time to work out. But what it’s like is I’m in between two worlds. There’s a part of the world that says, “Oh she’s not big enough to be plus-size and represent that.” And then there’s the other side of the spectrum that’s like, “ln order to be healthy and beautiful, you have to be skinny and so you’re too big.” And I’m in-between them saying beauty is sizeless. It’s not about if I’m big enough to represent plus or if I’m too big to represent beauty.

Your uniqueness is what makes you remembered.

What is your advice to women and girls who are constantly looking in the mirror and hating what they see in the reflection?

I would tell a younger version of myself this: don’t spend so much time trying to be somebody else, find yourself now. Because for a long time I would spend hours on YouTube looking at videos like 「How to look like Megan Fox」 and the reality is even if you did look like Megan Fox, you are still you. Look for yourself, find yourself, love yourself. It’s a journey, trust me. There’s days that I wake up in the morning and the confidence just isn’t there and you have to remember who you are.

Aside from being a body-image advocate, what other issues are you passionate about?

I’m a huge anti-bully advocate because I was bullied when I was a kid for being Asian and tall. I had a very hard time in school. I want to get that message out there to anyone that is struggling being bullied that your uniqueness is what makes you remembered. And the very thing I was bullied for when I was younger is the very thing that is helping me encourage others. Use your differences for good, don’t listen to bullies, rise up, build your own army, and build your own kingdom.

Author: Hattie Burgher/Date: September 22, 2017/Source: http://www.elle.com/fashion/a12439615/natalie-nootenboom-anna-sui-interview/

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Adam Salandra 「Med Student Joey Kiho Kim Has The Cure For Your Insatiable Thirst」

Posted on September 21, 2017 commentaires

The doctor will see you now.

A trip to the doctor’s office is never fun, but we’d be begging for monthly physicals if Joey Kiho Kim was our MD.

The 6’2″ stunner is currently in medical school, and luckily for us, he’s using modeling gigs to help pay the bills. Although being a model isn’t his main goal in life, he’s hoping to use his opportunities for good.

“As much as this is a hobby and fun for me, I hope that I can have some positive impact on the way that Asian-American males are portrayed in the media and viewed by the world,” Kim wrote in a social media post.

His Instagram feed is a combination of professional photos and sexy selfies, and is guaranteed to make you feel better with just a few double taps.

Check out some highlights from his feed below, including some of our favorites from photographer Hard Cider NY. Then head here to see his full modeling portfolio.

Adam Salandra
Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.

Author: Christopher Rudolph/Date: September 21, 2017/Source: http://www.newnownext.com/med-student-joey-kiho-kim-model/09/2017/

Joey Kiho Kim
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeykihokim/

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Phil Villeneuve 「An interview with Chunk and MASSIVE」

Posted on September 19, 2017 commentaires
MASSIVE creator Anne Ishii. A meaty selfie from Danny, AKA DJ Cake By The Pound.

「Chunk」 is a party that started nearly 10 years ago by hunky beast-man Danny Buchanan. MASSIVE is a brand, a manga legacy, and lifestyle created by Anne Ishii after she got tired of smuggling porn from Japan to her friends in the U.S.

「Chunk」 and MASSIVE are joining forces to throw a party at the Black Eagle Toronto this month, and we wanted to find out a bit more about them. Here’s our threeway (interview.)

Hi Chunk! Hi MASSIVE!
Anne, hi. Can you explain to Toronto’s queer community what MASSIVE is all about? And how this became your baby?

Anne: I was kidnapped by a centaur whose biological clock was ticking down (he was turning 98) but it was actually a 26-year-old gay manga loving videographer named Graham Kolbeins. I was struck with Stockholm Syndrome and nine months later we birthed this monster called MASSIVE. And seriously this is as close as it gets to the truth – I was smuggling porn from Japan for friends in NY for years, translating a lot on the side, and kept waiting for someone else to carry the baby but no one would, so I just decided to start the company and do it officially, myself. No surrogates!

Graham and I then had the MASSIVE baby!

Danny, can you tell Toronto queers what the hell 「Chunk」 is and how it came to be? Why do you do this party?

Danny: 「Chunk」 is a bear-centric party created 10 years ago for body positive hairy dudes interested in alternative music forms. Now??? It’s an inclusive gathering of queer minds and sweaty bodies celebrating ethnic diversity and all body types internationally. We just want to dance, and make out, and listen to sonic youth.

Back in the day I used to beg Will Munro of Vazaleen fame to let me DJ and he always gave me a hug and a kiss and laughed as he walked off. When he opened the Beaver I snuck a box of records down one night and ended up tag-teaming with him. After that, he offered me a monthly night and 「Chunk」 was born.

I do the party because I loooooooooove playing records for all the big sexy bubbas, F to M’s, queerdos, and gaysian superheroes. The bear scene can be quite reductive when it comes to music so we like to play everything from shoegaze to punk to techno to bowel house (look it up – it’s a thing) to disco and back again. Expect variety and be prepared to take your clothes off!

Terrific, thanks. Now Anne and Danny, why is it important that MASSIVE/「Chunk」 exist today?

Anne: Because the world literally still thinks Asian men are all Long Duk Dong or that white dude playing Iron Fist. They come in all shapes and shades and smells.

Danny: The bear scene is whitewashed to the max and we believe in every flavour of love. MASSIVE represents the best of queer culture so we jumped at the chance to work with them.

How did you two get together and make a party baby?

Anne: John Thai! John Thai! John Thai!

Danny: John has brought us together and now our hearts thump thump thump together!

(John Thai is a local gay fella who lives in Parkdale. He does web stuff, is a designer and had terrific taste in home décor, and people in general.)

Anne, if MASSIVE was walking down a path in a park, having a beautiful day, what would they stop to snack on? What would be playing in their headphones?

Anne: Mmmmmm, MASSIVE has been on an exclusively ketogenic paleo diet going five years. Just kidding blech! But it does love beef jerky and whole milk ice cream. Its favorite snack might be dried squid and salty plum candies.

It listens to a long playlist of forlorn women betrayed by their mens. Stupid mens!

Danny, if 「Chunk」 was hiking in the woods, what would be on their playlist, and what are three essential things they would bring on this trip?

Danny: Hah! well hopefully we wouldn’t be hiking alone but headphone times would include Bézier’s latest and a ton of The Stooges, The Knife, and Green Velvet! 「Chunk」 woodsy day trip realness essentials would include snacks-a-plenty (read: hot hairy beefy bubs), a couple pizzas, and an inflatable killer whale pool toy.

We would totally take a walk with both of you.
Anne, what makes MASSIVE so sexy?

Anne: John Thai wearing it! Also, Big Donkey Kong Style Sex. Our illustrated depictions of love and sex are the lovleiest and sexiest. I challenge anyone to show me more exquisite renderings of male-male desire.

Danny, same question about 「Chunk」?

Danny: MASSIVE! They are the sexiest peeps known to humanity and all the 「Chunk」 hunks who come out every three months religiously! We love you bubba boos!

OK, final question for you both: If MASSIVE and 「Chunk」 could go on one date with any queer person in history, on this earth, from way back all the way to today, who would it be and would you make out?

Anne: Channing Tatum (he’s queer I just know it)

Danny: Itsaaaaa MARIO!!!!! we know he’s got a nice fat one underneath those overalls. Slippery when wet makeup session guaranteed.

Thank you both, this was enlightening, indeed. See you at the party and enjoy this exclusive mix by Danny (aka Cake By The Pound)

Phil Villeneuve
Philip Villeneuve is a Toronto DJ, dancer and editor. He has two monthly residencies, makes YouTube videos of himself dancing in public for no reason is and is the co-founder of Yohomo. He was once editor of Fab Magazine and arts editor at Xtra in Toronto. He now splits his time into 100 different pieces around Toronto.
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Author: Phil Villeneuve/Date: September 19, 2017/Source: https://yohomo.ca/blog/interview-with-chunk-massive-toronto-bear-dance-party

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Alex Bollinger 「White guy surprised by anti-Asian racism on Grindr」

Posted on September 16, 2017 commentaires

Grindr has a new series called 「What the Flip?」 where gay and bi men swap profiles and see how others react to them.

In the first episode, a white, blue-eyed boy trades profiles with an Asian guy. The white guy receives few replies and was even called a “chink” by someone on Grindr, while the Asian guy using a white profile was inundated with offers for hook-ups.

At one point, the white guy asks what a “rice queen is.” The Asian guy says, “When I hear the term ‘rice queen,’ I immediately roll my eyes.”

This swap makes the racism on dating apps pretty stark. It’s not just that some people prefer to date some races over others, it’s that a really large percentage of people prefer to hook up with one race.

This has been brought up many times before, and gay and bi men often react negatively to talking about this at all. Partly it’s because straight people don’t get their sexuality questioned in this way, and straight people are plenty racist in their dating habits. A lot of gay and bi men are understandably sensitive to having their sexual preferences criticized.

The other reason, though, is that white people generally don’t like it when others talk about racism that they participate in.

But having a preference for a certain race is different from preferring a certain gender. The reason researchers look for genetic and pre-natal influences on sexual orientation is because that’s the way many gay and bisexual people experience their sexual orientation, as something that was always there, in spite of social conditioning.

When it comes to race, though, it wouldn’t make sense to say that many people – including many non-white people – are born attracted only to white people. And an argument about how some white people are attracted to a specific racial minority – complete with a fantasy full of racist cultural baggage – because of their genetics would be ridiculous.

“It’s just a preference” is a knee-jerk response intended to shut down discussion, and it’s fundamentally incurious. When such a large percentage of people share a preference, it’s normal to ask where that preference comes from.

And when it comes to a systemic preference in favor of white people, racism is the most likely culprit.

Because this conversation is often taboo, it’s good that Grindr is bringing it up in a creative way.

Author: Alex Bollinger/Date: September 16, 2017/Source: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/09/white-guy-surprised-anti-asian-racism-grindr/

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Khier Casino 「Gay Man Shocked Over the Racism Asian Men in the LGBT Community Deal With on Grindr」

Posted on September 15, 2017 commentaires

The social hookup app Grindr presented a new five-part online series called 「What the Flip?」 with the first installment featuring an Asian man and White man swapping profiles for a day.

The social hookup app Grindr presented a new five-part online series called 「What the Flip?」 with the first installment featuring an Asian man and White man swapping profiles for a day.

The featured users of the gay dating app take over each other’s profiles, letting them send messages as a different race and receive photos from other men.

The results were certainly eye-opening and gave insight to how dating for gay men can be when it comes to race.

In the video, the White “Grindr Guy” has never heard of the term “rice queen” – a term for someone who is predominantly attracted to only gay Asian men.

Unsurprisingly, the Asian “Procrasti-drama” was all-too familiar with the term.

“When a guy says he’s a rice queen, I immediately roll my eyes,” the Asian man said.

The two later discuss the number of men they messaged and the kind of users who responded.

The Asian man’s profile received racist comments and derisive stereotypes, including “most Asian dudes are good at bottoming,” and “Why the f*ck are you ignoring me? That pisses me off chink.”

The White user’s profile showed plenty of dick pics from men who immediately wanted to meet up.

They also noted how the amount of messages differed for both users – the Asian user had trouble keeping up with all the responses, whereas the White user consistently received the cold shoulder.

“I’m not here to talk to myself,” he said, irritated.

Meanwhile, host Billy Francesca asks people on the streets of West Hollywood, “When does a preference turn into discrimination?”

“If you’re attracted to a certain race specifically, that is some sort of discrimination,” one man explained.

“I’ll get a lot of guys wanting the Black fantasy. They have a whole thing going on,” another said of his experience with the dating app.

Check out part one of Grindr’s 「What the Flip?」 below:

Author: Khier Casino/Date: September 15, 2017/Source: https://nextshark.com/gay-man-shocked-racism-asian-men-lgbt-community-deal-grindr/

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SUPERFRUIT feat. AMBER 「FANTASY」 - from『FUTURE FRIENDS』released on September 15, 2017.

Mitch Grassi et Scott Hoying (deux membres des Pentatonix) accueillent AMBER, et il faut bien avouer que sans elle, ce morceau n'aurait aucun intérêt !

f(x) 에프엑스
Official Website (South Korea): http://fx.smtown.com/
Official Website (Japan): http://www.fx-jp.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fx.smtown

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28 minutes - ARTE 「Racisme anti-asiatique : le Net contre Hollywood」


28 minutes - ARTE 「Racisme anti-asiatique : le Net contre Hollywood」 - posted on September 15, 2017.

Nadia Daam revient sur la polémique à l’origine du mot-dièse #ExpressiveAsians. Les Asiatiques ont en effet décidé de répondre à un directeur de casting américain qui affirme que les personnes d’origines asiatiques ont des visages inexpressifs.

Author: 28 minutes - ARTE/Date: September 15, 2018/Source: https://sites.arte.tv/28minutes/fr/racisme-anti-asiatique-le-net-contre-hollywood-28minutes
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Ronan Tésorière 「L’actrice Chloe Bennet a changé de nom parce que « Hollywood est raciste »」

Posted on September 01, 2017 commentaires

L’actrice d’origine asiatique, Chloe Bennet, star de 「Marvel : Les Agents du SHIELD」, dénonce le racisme d’Hollywood.

En réalité, son nom est Chloe Wang. L’actrice Chloe Bennet vient de révéler qu’elle avait changé son nom de famille parce que « Hollywood est raciste » et qu’elle avait du mal à trouver des rôles à cause de son patronyme. Celle qui joue le rôle important de Daisy Johnson dans les 「Marvel : Les Agents du SHIELD」 du géant Marvel, a fait ce commentaire dans un post Instagram en réponse à un fan qui lui a demandé pourquoi elle avait changé de nom.

« Changer mon nom de famille ne change rien au fait que mon sang est à moitié chinois, que j’ai vécu en Chine, que je parle mandarin ou que j’ai été culturellement élevé comme Américaine et Chinoise » explique-t-elle. « Hollywood est raciste et ne veut pas me donner un nom de famille qui les met mal à l’aise. Je fais tout ce que je peux avec la plateforme qui m’est offerte pour m’assurer que personne n’aura besoin à l’avenir de changer son nom pour pouvoir travailler. Bisous gentils et allez vous faire voir ! », conclut-elle agacée.

Cette déclaration tonitruante va dans le sens de la décision du comédien Ed Skrein de refuser un rôle dans le reboot de 「Hellboy」, là aussi un film de super-héros, où il devait incarner un personnage aux origines asiatiques alors que lui-même ne l’est pas.

« Il est clair que le fait de représenter ce personnage d’une manière culturellement exacte revêt une signification pour les gens et de négliger cette responsabilité irait dans le sens d’une tendance inquiétante à occulter les histoires et les voix des minorités ethniques dans les arts. Je pense qu’il est important d’honorer et de respecter cela », a déclaré l’acteur hollywoodien. Un message d’ailleurs salué par Chloe Bennet.

« Il n’y a aucune chance que cette décision soit prise à la légère de votre part, alors je vous remercie de votre bravoure et de votre véritable impact. J’espère que cela incitera d’autres acteurs et cinéastes à faire de même », l’a remercié l’hypnotisante brune sur son compte Instagram.

Elle l’a aussi félicité pour « sa résistance à l’insensibilité et à la désinvolture persistantes du cinéma hollywoodien envers la communauté asio-américaine. » Le débat sur le « white washing » hollywoodien s’est intensifié ces dernières années, avec la controverse sur des films comme 「Doctor Strange」, où Tilda Swinton a été choisie pour jouer un mentor tibétain, et le récent rôle de Scarlett Johansson dans 「Ghost in the Shell」, inspiré de la série manga japonaise de Masamune Shirow.

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