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Honestly it depends on the generation but a lot of millennials in HK are marrying later, for pretty much the same reasons as most other developed countries (low wages, high rent/ cost of living). I honestly don't think Taylor is treating pregnancy as a game considering how much time she's poured into fertility treatments, I just think she's likely not fully prepared for being a parent, which most people aren't bc you don't know what you've never experienced, but I just get the vibe that her trying for a kid is really... rushed. I really don't know if Tom is pushing for it or if it's Taylor thinking her bio-clock is ticking and she has to do this ASAP, but in all honesty it feels to me that, because she's in this marriage where she's financially dependent on her husband, she's thinking 'I have to have a kid to validate all of this'. And also Tom is that rich so I highly doubt the childcare will fall solely onto Taylor. Imo they likely have a maid/ cleaner that's just not featured in Tay's videos, they can get a maid/ nanny for the kid(s) too - that's pretty common in HK. As for Joyce, just for ppl's reference - Joyce's mother was really famous in the HK entertainment industry, and Joyce obviously followed in her mother's career. I skimmed the video so idk if Joyce talked about it, but she has had some weight issues as well. East Asian media in general is always pretty terrible to anyone who isn't skinny, and Joyce had a period of her career where she really slimmed down - not to the point of catwalk model slim, but still quite thin. I think she ultimately went back to her normal weight bc she's not a naturally skinny person and maintaining that weight was a strain on her. After watching the latest video, I'm just glad that Taylor seems to be making friends in HK.
I don't think I would care too much if she just put her name to some legitimate products, i.e. hired ppl who knew what they were doing to make the products and she would just be the face/ PR of it. It's p smart if she did that, and she has the consumer base to market towards and it'll help build her brand. I do agree that she's p boring with her makeup styles though (and occasionally not very good at it). I just realised she could make bank marketing that to white ppl if she did her PR well... ugh I hope she doesn't pull a Gwyneth Paltrow and do some Goop bullshit.
Honestly? Good for her. As long as it's a legit business and she puts some effort into making it ethically responsible (i.e. not ripping ppl off), I personally think it's a good route for her. We've been talking about how aimless she's been as of late. IMO a makeup line would be something that she wouldn't lose interest in considering so much of her YT is fashion related.
Her eyebrows are getting on my nerves a bit lately; they're just so dark and thick for her face that it's the first thing that draws my attention and the only thing I look at. Idk if it's the microblading or the makeup or a bit of both. Imo dark eyebrows/ blonde hair go well together but not when the eyebrows are so dark that they just... become the main focal point of the face. That should really be the eyes.
I'll watch some of Duncan's videos, mainly the ones where he complains about YT Japan bc I find those interesting, but the last 2 he uploaded were: the return of ASMR and try to laugh at TikTok videos... I also honestly wonder what Mimei is doing these days. She's just posting cat pics on twitter, so maybe she's focusing on a more conventional job.
I keep up with PDR just for the kicks and the break down of his videos these days is 40% him wasting money on something for a video, 20% YT Japan stuff, either trending or news, 30% making fun of shitty life hacks/ stupid people on social media, and 10% Q&A. He's basically at a point of quantity over quality at the moment. Before he used to do skits and those took a lot more planning/ filming/ editing, but I guess getting more views is just better for a YTer than getting quality views.
Did they ever even have an extended period where they lived together? How is it good in any way to marry someone in a LDR and expect it work out without huge amounts of work and maturity? Wtf? Rina seems to be really young and naive...
I saw Natalie's instagram and she's trained as a photographer I believe. I mean Taylor has 2 assistants so I wouldn't be surprised if the inconsistency in editing is because it switches between people editing.
Maybe she's deleting videos to clean up her brand? I mean if she's starting a business and going even more public with her life, her YT channel is going to be a point of scrutiny for future business ventures.
Tbh that's still pretty good. That number has to account for decrease of interest over time. At the end of the first week of a video's upload, there's already a sharp dip in new views unless it's something that goes viral on a large scale. Her newest video still did really well compared to her others; it has about 4 times the views as her look book. As for her upload schedule... she's not even that active on Instagram. She's burning out/ running out of ideas imo.
The thing is that if she did get it done, it would've been in the gap between HK and Japan, and she switched agencies during then too (pretty sure she wasn't with Satoru before going to Japan). Now that you mention botox though, that's probably more likely. She has fillers topped up regularly so I think botox is more logical than jaw shaving, and her pics from her early Japan days were heavily edited as well so it's hard to tell.
I think it's a natural progression/ end for jvlogging, because the core of jvlogging is literally 'Japan is new and exotic', and when Youtube wasn't as saturated with people vlogging in Japan as it is nowadays, that was still something that got a sizable audience. The reason why Chris Broad does well is because he has an interest in film so his videos are usually more slick/ well planned, whereas any newbie arriving in Japan who wants to vlog literally either uses their cameraphone or is a rookie with an actual camera, nor do they get a good mic. This isn't inherently a bad thing, people get better over time, but the issue is unless they originally have the money and/ or skills with editing to make their videos look good, the uphill battle is probably too much for many new vloggers to justify spending more time and money for something that's not showing a lot of reward. That, plus literally any new kid in Japan is just making videos about cafes and shrines, of which we have dozens of already and done by vloggers with better equipment and editing.