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The 'fox eye' trend stirs criticism

The 'fox eye' trend stirs criticism

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The "fox eye" was perhaps the most regrettable "beauty" fad of this long, weird year.

It began trending on social media back in April, and continued growing in popularity until August, when people started realizing that using makeup to emulate the lifted "almond-shaped" eyes of celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Megan Fox — or, as it was pointed out, people of Asian origin — was not cool, but rather a glaring case of cultural appropriation.

To many Asian Americans in particular, the "migraine pose" often used in the accompanying social media these pictures (whereby one or two hands were used to pull the eyes up by the temples to exaggerate the effect), felt far too similar to racist gestures used to denigrate them in the past.

As 17-year-old Sophie Wang, who wrote in an op-ed on the topic in Stanford University's student newspaper, told CNN earlier this year: "It's a new trend that brings out old stereotypes and old taunts. Because it makes people like me feel uncomfortable and (to) some degree annoyed, it's time to talk about it."

Facing criticism, a number of influencers who had posted "fox eye" images, went on to delete them and apologize.

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