Was the ‘fox eye’ trend inspired by Asian features?

Published December 22, 2020, 12:18 PM

by Paola Navarette

He shared “receipts” on social networking platform TikTok 

Screenshot from Dr. Charles Lee’s video

A cosmetic surgeon based in US has proven that “fox eyes” trend indeed, were inspired by Asian features. The beauty trend, which went viral earlier this year, uses makeup to create the illusion of almond-shaped eyes, supposedly mimicking those of a fox.

Ways to achieve the desired look include shaving off the eyebrows after the arch and redrawing them, and applying a heavy-handed cat eye with eyeliner. Celebrities such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner popularized the trend, but it did not sit well among Asian communities who called out the trend as an act of cultural appropriation.

“Fox eyes,” however, are not only achieved through makeup. It can be achieved permanently through plastic surgery. Dr. Charles S. Lee, whose work has been featured on various TV programs, reveals that the “fox eye” surgery, or corono-canthopexy, was developed 50 years ago by plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Flowers in Honolulu.

“He loved the exotic look he obtained by tilting the eyelids up and lifting the brows,” Lee said in a TikTok video. “He was inspired by the aesthetics of the Asian eye in Hawaii.”

How does he know this? Lee revealed that he and Flowers worked together. To prove his claim, he showed a younger photo of himself and his work partner in their scrub suits.

“Yep, that’s a young me!” Lee added.