Julie Chen – $6,000
Julie Chen was born into a Chinese family in New York City who started her career as an intern at CBS Morning News when she was only 20 years old. In the early 1990s, she wasn’t comfortable with her skin, so she went under the knife. She wanted to make a change to help her career.
Chen spent $6,000 to make her eyes wider and more open fearing her Asian features would hinder her rise in journalism. The surgery did boost her confidence, but we wonder whether it was her talent that was the key to her success. We will never know.