DISRESPECTFUL TO THE ASIAN COMMUNITY
The fox eye makeup trend gained popularity within the beauty community over the past few months, created with eyeliners or eyeshadows. The technique is supposed to give the eye shape a slanted appearance, with the end of the eye directed upwards. This has become a common look used by many models, such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Some say that this look is essentially a different version of the classic smokey eye. However, others say that creating this look is just another form of cultural appropriation of Asian features. It can be difficult to spot the issue or understand why people are offended by a “makeup look.” Here are key factors to understand why the Asian community is frustrated by this look.
Firstly, the history behind the Asian shaped eye has not been completely confirmed. “The classical explanation of epicanthic fold depicts it as an adaptation to the tropical and arctic regions where many Asians live,” , a doctor who studied at Ohio State University, told the Chicago Tribune. Ultimately, the structure of the eyelid is part of the Asian culture and is the most known aspect of Asian features.
It is exciting experimenting with the various forms of smokey eyes to create that desired, sexy eye look. However, creating these looks on Asian eyes can be a bit more challenging due to the different types of eyelids—this is one of the most important things to understand about why the Asian community is offended by the fox eye trend. The Asian eye has a skin fold of the upper eyelid that covers the inner corner, which causes a smaller space on their eyelids for makeup, creating eyeshadow looks can be difficult; to see these non-Asian women easily create a slanted eye look on their open-set or wide-set eyes can be frustrating.
Most importantly, the main reason to understand why Asians are offended by the fox eye trend is the fact that the Asian eye is always the “go-to” insult against Asians. Almost everyone is aware of the gesture people have made to mock the Asian eye, pulling their temples outwards to make their eyes appear smaller. Well, with this fox eye trend, a lot of people have actually been posing with that same gesture to emphasize their fox-eyed look.
Makeup trends are constantly changing, and people are always ready for a new look. The “Kawaii” makeup look was recently a huge trend based on Japanese culture in which people emphasized their youthful appearances by applying great amounts of blush to the centers of their faces. The difference between that trend and the fox eye trend is that there was no form of “re-shaping” to replicate a different race’s most known feature.
Some beauty trends can be confrontational, to say the least, and there have been many “trends” throughout the beauty industry’s history that have been called out for cultural appropriation. However, we are learning more each day in modern society and becoming aware of the wrongs and rights in this world. The most important thing someone can do when realizing an action may be considered offensive to others is simply understand; this way, they can respect.