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Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Phan’

CNN Debuts Roy Choi Web Series

LA restaurant scene star Roy Choi is now also, officially, a CNN star. His digital series Street Food with Roy Choi has arrived with all eight episodes posted simultaneously. Episode guests include Chef director Jon Favreau, YouTube star Michelle Phan, Beastie Boy Mike D and culinary CNN colleague Anthony Bourdain.

Choi is all over the place these days, getting ready to open an outpost of his fast-growing culinary empire at LAX and recounting his admirable life-rebound story to publications like Men’s Journal:

After graduating high school, Choi wasn’t really thinking about a career. “I still went through the motions of giving a f*ck about my future like a good little Asian kid,” he recalls. He ended up trying coke and crack, falling into a heavy gambling addiction and hitting rock bottom at 24. He tried his hand at investment banking, but still walked in with booze on his breath. After another club binge, he woke up on his friend’s couch to Emeril Lagasse cooking on TV. It was then that he realized that cooking was his buried passion.

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Ignored by Hollywood, Asian-American Performers Get Their Revenge on YouTube

Among the many revolutionary changes brought about by YouTube is the fact that Asian-American performers can now more freely connect with their audience.

At the head of this burgeoning class are three performers who rank among the service’s top 20 most subscribed video channels. People like Michelle Phan, a 24-year-old Vietnamese-American who calls LA home. Her beauty and make-up tip reports have garnered close to 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and, per a New York Times piece by Austin Considine, one of the all-time great professional vindications:

Before her YouTube stardom, Phan was turned down for a job at a Lancôme makeup counter; now she is a company spokeswoman.

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