Firstly, let’s all stop calling them space buns. They’re ox horn buns which originated in Asia (specifically China) and was a hair style used by children. Ox horn buns have been erased from global consciousness and are now just known as space buns. You see people are raves wearing them a lot and it’s just cringey. Anyone can wear them or whatever, but just call them for what they are!
Secondly, what is with all the white models in East Asia (specifically China, Japan, and South Korea) trying to look Asian or “half”? Most recently there has been Dasha Taran who is a model from Russia who’s finding a great success in Seoul because she has everything that’s beautiful there, but naturally because she’s WHITE. She has pale fair skin, a small face, a high bridged noses, big eyes, dark hair, big lips etc. That’s the look in east Asia, so I get it, but why is there only one mainstream look that’s considered beautiful?!
I don’t think people in Asia are even aware that they want to look white because they lie to themselves and say, “Oh it’s because in ancient times peasants worked in the sun and fairer skinned people stayed in doors.” And I just roll my eyes because the world has become so globalized since then that I doubt that’s the reason people want fair skin.
Venus Angelic made YouTube tutorials to look Asian or half Asian and she’s not the only one. So we’re living in a world where Asian people don’t want to look Asian, but where white people do. It’s honestly ridiculous that white people even want to embrace Korean beauty because it’s hardly noticeable on them since they already have everything that East Asians want. However, when they do put the makeup on — like the light pink eyeshadow, circle lenses, etc, it makes them look half and some of them even lie about being half.
This isn’t to hate, but rather is legit constructive criticism. I see so many models on Instagram who are fully white, but when they put on K-beauty makeup they look like they’re half Asian. That’s not cool because a) you’re lying about your race for likes b) Asian people are marginalized enough in American society. Asian beauty standards don’t go out of their way to accentuate our natural features, but rather try to distort them to look white.
White models pretending to be part Asian or looking half Asian is only seen as beautiful because they have some white in them. It’s a sham for diversity and only further marginalizes the native models of those countries.
There are famous Asian models in the U.S., but of course the U.S. only picks the most exotic looking ones like Sun Fei Fei and He Sui. Whereas in Asia they champion the whitest models like Dasha Taran or half models like Kiko Mizuhara (of course WHITE HALF only).
This is why FULL Asian representation is so important, as well as half Asians who are mixed with African origins or Latinx origins, because so many times full Asians don’t get the time of day because they don’t look white enough — and therefore aren’t beautiful or marketable enough in Asia.
I know that this isn’t all the white models’ fault, as they need to get money. Their white beauty is appealing to global markets. It just sucks how these white models, who use and promote Korean beauty products, are followed and are seen as more beautiful than the actual people who invented these products — simply by being white.
The companies that sell whitening creams and societies that make it impossible to not get pressured into getting double eyelid surgery need to change. Yeah, surgery is your choice, but how much of your choice is it when you may be passed up on a job because of your mono-lids.
We need to embrace our natural beauty, and yeah that’s hard, but it’s better than letting white people tell us what we SHOULD look like.
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.