Saturday, February 2, 2008

That's the Look I Was Going For...

I wasn't there, but Eileen Ford was and that's all that matters in the Ford Supermodel of the World contest, the granddaddy of all modeling contests. Though it was held in Manhattan, I only heard about it through friends in Asia who were all congratulating me that this year's winner of the $250,000 first prize was a 20 year-old Korean girl, Seung-hyun Kang. I immediately looked her up on the net, and was pleasantly surprised. Here was a Korean girl who hadn't done a thing to change her natural features--small eyes, low set nose, tiny mouth--and yet, the complete package was killer. She even goes by her Korean nickname, Hyoni. It didn't hurt that she's also 5'10 and the owner of a terribly fierce walk that leads with the shoulders. (Check her out at 1:07 and 2:44.) My entire life I've been ridiculed by both Asians and Westerners for my small eyes. I just feel so vindicated by Hyoni's win, the first Asian to emerge victorious in the contest's 28-year history. So, you go girl, and own the runway and get your picture taken for Vogue. My small eyes today are shining large and bright.

7 comments:

Raven said...

Good for her. It's nice to see someone who hasn't followed the plastic surgery craze being recognized as beautiful.

I still haven't figured out what's wrong with small eyes.

J.T. said...

Yeah, I love her! She's really adorable in the videos I've found of her on youtube. As for small eyes, well, we live in a society where "bigger is better" still lives on... and it's not just eyes, but let's not even GO there...

Raven said...

LOL, yeah. I so could comment on that, but...

The "bigger is better" mentality annoys me when it applies to products I buy. I live in a small apartment. I don't WANT to buy 72 oz. of mouthwash or dish liquid or a family-size pack of food when I can't store it all or eat it all. Where'd the small stuff go?

william said...

hi jt, i enjoy reading your blog. i don't think you remember me, but i helped set up the hiv youth project.

i appreciate your strength and normalization of living with hiv -- i don't feel as much as a freak as i do usually.

william

J.T. said...

William

I do remember you. It was a while back that I left you a message. Thanks for reading the blog. I take living with HIV in stride. Some days I feel normal, others, just absolutely psycho... lol... I'll be checking out your blog too!

thwany said...

i <3 small eyes and no ssang-ka-peul

J.T. said...

i think she looks terrific just the way she is... btw, if my eyes were as big as yours, i'd be a happy man!