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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.
idk if it's just the angle of the the first two pics but it really makes me feel like she had her jawline shaved. I know we talked about this on the forum before but we haven't been saying much about it recently bc her fillers are so obvious, but occasionally she posts a pic and it makes me remember 'huh she most likely had work done on her jawline as well to make her face rounder'.
I think some of the reasons pointed out are true if you put them in the right context. - the drama Mira caused probably did make the jvlogging crew more insular for a period of time. However, considering that drama is years old now, it probably doesn't have much effect on anyone except Rachel/ Sharla who went through this personally. None of the newcomers are going to be that cautious because the majority haven't been burnt by someone like Mira. - Rachel and Jun seem to have just given up when they can make really good content? They did a few documentary type videos, like interviewing black people living in Japan, and they could've continued with that type of video while also making the less labour intensive cat videos on the side. Like I'm not expecting them to interview ex-yakuza bosses and uncover the crime network in Japan, but they genuinely did something that no other jvlogger did and then just... stopped. They also haven't seemed to have done any collabs and are just doing stuff as a couple (which I guess I understand, their lives their choices). - it's true that there's no long term career prospects in Japan unless you speak the language to a high level or gain extra qualifications to teach English at a university. When most people inevitably leave, their viewership immediately loses interest because what was interesting about their channel was Japan, not the vlogger. Just look at Bronwyn. Then there's the practical issue of collabs with the jvlogging crew if someone moves abroad; Bronwyn did a video with Taylor and I think maybe Sharla in Canada, but that's the extent of collabs simply because of the physical distance. - Okano is changing the jvlogging community - he's just making it so that all collabs go through TC. TC is trying to become a monopoly in the English speaking jvlogging sector on YT, and it'll probably succeed. Just look at the TC main channel, it's one big collab fest and that's the main draw of it. The channel's content is irrelevant; it's so bland and unoriginal that we've seen it dozens of times before. It depends solely on Emma and her interactions with other jvloggers or the TC crew. - Pewds, however, is likely irrelevant to TC. He's Pewds, he does whatever the fuck he wants. Maybe Joseph has created a possible connection between Pewds and TC, but Pewds would really have to want to up and move to Japan to bring that to fruition. He's been saying that he wants to move there for like, a year or whatever, and still hasn't.
I think it might be more about their house and lifestyle than their business/ success. Tatler's much more of a lifestyle and social events magazine for the rich, like where to rub shoulders with the right people and balls or whatever. My guess is that it'll focus on a house tour or a lifestyle showcase
Nah, she looked old during her Japan dolly phase too, you just had to see her in her candid photos. Her heavily edited stuff looked inhuman, but her candids showed how she really looked and there's that one from a promo she did in collab with a bunch of other celebs/ tarento (was it for Sony or smth?) where the puffiness in her cheeks was just so goddamn obvious and made her look older because it gave the '40 y/o having surgery to look like a 20 y/o' effect. She did a few dramas back in Japan as well and they were also really obvious in showing the procedures she got done. The minute it wasn't her posting pics/ videos of herself, she looked old because of how terrible the surgeries ended up being.
Imo she looks young when she's not wearing makeup. Even in her edited videos, when she's makeup-less she looks younger than she is even with the fillers (I would say early 20s). In her candids where she's wearing makeup, she looks like someone who's 40 trying to look 20. I think it's a combination of her makeup style and the work she's had done. The thick eyebrows, the contouring, the matte/ overdrawn lips all together are supposed to make you older/ more mature (which is why it's so popular with insta girls who are in their teens/ early 20s). Add her fillers on top of that and she just looks plastic, esp. when she smiles since the fillers are most obvious then. If she just stopped with the goddamn procedures she'd have most of her original face back.
I think it's yet another concert? Duncan mentioned in his video after Osaka that Mimei was at a BTS thing and couldn't help him film something, so there's the Osaka trip plus whatever BTS thing after it too. And goddammit Mimei just stop dying your hair to the point it looks like straw and let it recover.
The thing with Taylor's modelling career is that it was clearly propped up by Tom, especially when she was in Japan and was super picky with the jobs she was offered. Surely if she hadn't botched her face with plastic surgery (or indeed, just stopped with the fillers), she could totally still model because of Tom's connections. For European models in Asia to achieve any amount of long term success, they usually pivot into becoming tarento, which requires learning the local language and gaining visibility via talk shows/ local TV etc., and then pivot into acting (usually filling the role of token foreigner). Taylor just has no languages skills, or interest in learning a foreign language, or both. Which means Tom is realistically the only way she's gonna get any real modelling work, or she can just continue to brand herself as an 'influencer' from now on.
Actually idk why she doesn't try to model in HK. She was signed to a modelling agency and had a manager in Japan despite being picky as hell about her jobs, so it's pretty clear that a lot why she even managed to be a model despite being so picky was Tom's influence. Maybe she's over modelling as a career, or just that she has little control of how the finished result is, but considering her puffy cheeks in recent weeks in her own videos that wouldn't be a particularly good reason...