This week, CBS’ “The Talk” host Julie Chen revealed she had plastic surgery to “make her eyes look bigger” at age 25. In this extended version of her emotional revelation, she talks about how past employers, talent agents, and even some family members pressured her to have the procedure. She says:
It took me back to when I was growing up in Queens, and would get on the school bus, and would hear people say “ching chong” and pull their eyes. And it felt like a weird grown-up version of racism in the workplace. But I couldn’t challenge him. He was my boss.
Chen admits that her career took off after she had the surgery, and while she doesn’t regret her decision she has often wondered if she “gave in to the man.”