Truly Julie covering the American Idol Season 12 Finale for NYC and LA!It’s happening!!!! IT-SUH-HAPPENING!!! (Cue “Bridesmaids” humor) After months of campaigning on Good Day LA for an interview with Psy…I finally got the chance at the American Idol Season 12 finale (clip here!). The Korean superstar seemed a bit tired (after all he’s been going non-stop since his YouTube Gangnam Style meteoric rise)…but a “Gentleman” nonetheless. And I had the pleasure of meeting two very grounded, humble, power house vocals…Kree Harrison and new Idol winner Candice Glover. Honestly…they are such great role models. In this day of Teen Mom and other reality stars…it’s an honor to meet two rising stars who have overcome so many challenges. Kree is such a ray of sunshine…that you’d never think she lost both of her parents when she was just a teenager. And Candice…love her perseverance of trying out 3 times before winning! Say what you want to about American Idol…but truth be told, it’s the only talent show that pumps out album selling stars. I hope to hear these ladies on the radio soon! I had the pleasure (and serious sleep deprivation) of covering for both NYC and LA this year. Can I just say…THANK YOU for all the amazing feedback via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram?! I’m still blown away. To my loyal NYC peeps…my deepest gratitude! And to my relatively new LA peeps…so grateful for the warm welcome. Now many of you reached out to me regarding fashion deets, so here it goes, from left to right: David Meister dress, Zara Shoes, H&M earrings, Burberry Prorsum sequins cardigan, Abercrombie jeans (they’re 15 years old!), Vintage belt, Pour La Victoire shoes, Rag & Bone pink blazer, H&M cami, Asos leather skirt, Badichi custom belt (I made it in the store!), Christian Louboutin boots, Chanel earrings.
If you haven’t noticed…there’s a void of Asian male faces on TV. I forgot the exact stat, but there are apparently 7 or fewer Asian male reporters/anchors in the top 5 TV markets. So, it is my absolute pleasure to see Richard Lui anchoring every morning on MSNBC. Before that, he was on CNN Headline News. And for one night, Richard was my co-emcee for an OCA (Organization of Chinese Association) fashion and food event. Despite me being Korean, the Chinese-American organizers welcomed me with open arms and all together, we applauded fashion designer, Zang Toi. The Malaysian native has been designing beautiful clothes in the US for more than 20 years. He’s dressed countless celebrities…but most people recognize his face from a few of the “Real Housewives of New York” episodes. At the OCA show, held at the historic Surrogate Courthouse in downtown Manhattan, Toi shared his all-star designs from past seasons. If you notice a sweat bead or two on the models(and everyone else!), it’s because the building wasn’t air-conditioned and it was sweltering! That didn’t stop Zang Toi from showcasing some of his best fall and winter designs. The jovial designer was wearing a wool kilt himself!
I have to say,though…the highlight for me was sharing the night with my sister, Grace Sun, and my mom, who came straight from the airport to catch me emcee! From my awful 5th grade plays to my daily on-air spots, my mom has always been my #1 viewer. The fabulous night was wrapped up with some humble dining. We chowed on galbi (Korean BBQ beef) and nang myun (cold potato noodle soup, sort of like gazpacho) at Silla restaurant in K-Town. It was a “Truly Julie” night of dichotomy….wearing a beaded dress from a black tie event straight to a divey dining place. What a delicious combo.
Fashion Front: Asos dress, Jimmy Choo shoes