Talk Show Host Julie Chen Admits to Having Surgery to Make Eyes Bigger

Each year more than 10,000 Asian Americans get eye surgery.
2:08 | 09/12/13

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And today a kind of cultural controversy, everyone talking about american culture and a confession from a popular television host julie chen. She says she had surgery to change her eyes in the belief that it would give her a better chance at her career. What do you think? Here's the story. Reporter: Talk show host julie chen's revelation that she had plastic surgery to make her eyes look bigger is raising eyebrows across the country. Look at chen before and after. Members of my family wanted to disown me. Reporter: She says she got the controversial surgery only a quote, big time agent told her that her asian eyes would limit her success. He said you look disinterested. You look bored because your eyes are so heavy, they're so small. Reporter: Eye lid surgery is the most popular surgery for asian americans. More than 10,000 do it each year. That number is on the rise. From 2011 to 2012, cosmetic plastic surgeries for asian americans jumped 21 percent, different ethnicities often have unique things about their features they would like to change. One of the more commonly requested procedures for african-american and hispanics is nose reshaping. Most bow tox were performed on caucasians. We see that across all races. We see aesthetic surgery as a global phenomenon. Reporter: Chen says the surgery catapulted her career. After I had that done, the ball did roll for me. Reporter: Her admissionings not without backlash on twitter comments like this is a sad message for asian american women. No one is more proud of being chinese thanam. Reporter: Decide for yourself is the difference likely meant a second look for her career. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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