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    A Mom Is "Correcting Yellowface" By Transforming Herself Into Whitewashed Asian Roles

    And they're SLAY-PLUS.

    Michelle Villemaire is a full-time mom and YouTuber based in Los Angeles. She also runs a popular DIY blog, Home Made Mimi, that she fills with charming, original home projects.

    But one of her favorite, and most personal, projects to date is called "Correcting Yellowface," in which she is reimagining famous Asian roles in Hollywood given to white women to be finally portrayed by an Asian woman: herself.

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    For Villemaire, the project is a direct response to the ongoing and pervasive "whitewashing" problem in Hollywood. She writes in her blog, "in a fit of frustration over the history of Hollywood whitewashing, I felt an urge to do something."

    The mom of two told BuzzFeed she went out and "purchased as many props as [she] could," and created the ones she couldn't find, to totally transform herself to historically whitewashed characters, like O-Lan (Luise Rainer) in the 1937 film The Good Earth:

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    O-Lan was Villemaire's first character transformation, and "after I did that one, I realized I needed to keep going," she said. "At that point it became something I just had to do."

    "Only women who had a certain skin colour and eye shape were allowed on camera, right? To this day white people are cast as Asians, deepening the message that Asians just aren’t wanted."

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    Jade (Katharine Hepburn) in the 1944 drama Dragon Seed.

    Even at ages 8 and 5, Villemaire's daughters have already had conversations with their mom about representation in media.

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    Fah Lo See (Myrna Loy) in the 1932 film The Mask of Fu Manchu.

    She said that she keeps the dialogue fairly simple with her two young kids, once asking them, "Do you think Asian people should play Asian characters or should white people pretend to be Asian?"

    "The look on their faces is priceless," she said. "Like, they can't believe I'm even asking the question."

    While Hollywood has yet to "correct" the whitewashing of Asian characters, one thing is for damn sure: Michelle, you are slaying the yellowface-correcting-reimagining-cinematic-history game.

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    Allison Ng (Emma Stone) in last year's rom-com Aloha.

    "By the time I [re-created] the Emma Stone photo, the smile you see on my face is all about accomplishment," she said. "In my own way, I'd rewritten these stories adding an element of authenticity that was missing. It felt really good."

    You can peep the rest of her photos — including an incredible redo of Ghost in the Shell 's Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) — on her blog.