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A 'Depressing' Story About Plastic Surgery & The Media

Food for thought: Appearing on "The View," TV journalist Julie Chen told a  story about how she had plastic surgery "early in her career to give her a Caucasian-style double eyelid," at the urging of "media honchos who advised that she could not succeed with Asian eyes," writes Maureen O'Connor. The "View" ladies' response? Basically, "You go, girl" -- or, that "nobody blames Chen for 'giving in'" to the need to conform to white standards of beauty, writes O'Connor. Still, she finds the story "depressing," since Chen had to "permanently erase... [her] ethnicity with a surgeon's scalpel, and struggle with that decision to this day."

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