K-Pod Ep. 17: Ben Baller (Entrepreneur) & Jeanne Yang (Stylist)
Los Angeles-based siblings Jeanne Yang and Ben Yang have both made their mark on the fashion world, but in very different ways. Jeanne Yang is a highly sought-after stylist known for her work with Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale. Previously, she designed the fashion line Holmes & Yang with actress Katie Holmes. Ben Yang (aka Ben Baller), Jeanne’s younger brother by six years, originally made his name in the music industry working with Dr. Dre, Snoop and Master P. For the past decade he’s become known as the jeweler to the stars—the larger-than-life personality behind the custom blinged-out grills and chains worn by Drake, Kanye, Kid Cudi, and Justin Bieber. Catherine and Juliana learn about the siblings’ childhood in Los Angeles’s K-Town, their bizarre experience visiting the North Korea consulate in Berlin in 1981, their very different experiences of adolescence (Jeanne at boarding school, Ben expelled by multiple schools) and their perspective on finding their place as Korean Americans.
K-Pod, a production of KoreanAmericanStory.org, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.