Are star-designate Dawn Yang’s looks the real deal?
People say fame attracts detractors in hordes. So, it was only a matter of time before blogs started talking about blogger Dawn Yang (www.xanga.com/clapbangkiss), featured in last Wednesday’s The New Paper.
Described as a “pan-Asian hybrid in the style of Fiona Xie and Vivian Hsu”, she was signed up by an artiste management company â€” one that managed MTV’s Utt and Denise Keller, no less â€” to be “groomed for stardom”.
What’s the big deal, you ask, since there are quite a few bloggers in Singapore who take advantage of their good looks (like myself) to land a lucrative deal?
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And haven’t we heard a lot about Xiaxue (xiaxue.blogspot.com) who, until recently, was almost able to eke out a living from the commercial sponsorship of her blog site?
The furore seems to be over whether Dawn’s beauty is the handiwork of nature or a plastic surgeon.
Taipei-based American blogger “Peking Duck” (www.pekingduck.org), known more for his policy-oriented observations, found the debate remarkable and wondered if this was “the most exciting thing happening in all of Singapore”.
He observed: “This revelation â€¦ triggered a veritable craze of some of the cattiest, nastiest blogging I’ve ever seen. And I thought Singaporeans were docile and complacent.”
So catty and nasty were some of the blog posts that they included pictures of what were claimed to be a “pre-surgery” Dawn, including those of her in Secondary One. Blogger “Johnny Malkavian” (soul.entryplug.org): “I wish I had what she has â€¦ the spare cash to go for plastic surgery.”
When I last visited, the debate was still active on local web forums such as forums.hardwarezone.com, where there were photos lifted off Dawn’s blog and annotated with circles and arrows.
Interestingly, what seemed to get people’s goose up was more Dawn’s apparent denial that she had ever had plastic surgery. At least, that is how riled bloggers interpreted her cryptic comment in the article: “People also accuse me of having plastic surgery, but what can I do?”
In her latest post yesterday in her own blog, Dawn said her quote was read out of context. Interestingly, she didn’t deny the plastic surgery allegations, but said: “I can’t stop people from talking and gossiping about me.”
She did, however, take umbrage at suggestions of her having a decadent lifestyle: “I have worked my fair share of jobs and done a good amount of internships, ok …”
Dawn drew at least one supportive blog post, from “Suanie” (www.suanie.net): “I think it’s pretty hot she got noticed via her blog (and looks, obviously) â€¦ She seems pretty nice and non-malicious, plus the scholarship to the US should be some kind of indication that there’s a brain working somewhere.”
On the whole, being “flamed” by bloggers and having her family dragged into it, Dawn said, has left her “rather wary of the frightful nature of fellow humans online”.
“I realise everyone’s going to have an overtly judgmental, prematurely formed, hopelessly inaccurate opinion about anything and everything, so I’ll stop bothering.”
Actually, this whole thing probably wouldn’t have been such a big issue if Dawn hadn’t been a “blogger”, given the recent attention on blogs.
The funniest quote has got to be from Xiaxue, who took issue with the loose usage of the word “blogger”.
“Everyone who blogs is a blogger? â€¦ first tell me your name. Is it Lumpy? So, Lumpy, if you can manage to swim half a lap without dying, is it right for me to call you ‘Lumpy the swimmer’?” she exclaimed.
Mr Miyagi aka Benjamin Lee has been entertaining readers at miyagi.sg for over a year and no one has yet accused him of having gone for plastic surgery.