Lady Gaga Imitators Use Risky Lenses for Big Eyes

Illegal 'circle' contacts give users a doe-eyed look
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2010 2:40 PM CDT
A screen grab from a YouTube video on circle lenses.   (

(Newser) – Lady Gaga sports huge (and probably computer-generated) eyes in her new Bad Romance video, and thus a fashion trend is born. This one is risky, however, as female fans pick up illegal "circle lenses" online for the doe-eyed effect, then post how-to videos on YouTube and elsewhere, explains the New York Times. The FDA isn't happy and reminds that it's against the law to buy contacts without a prescription.

Not that Gaga is solely to blame. The look is popular in Japanese anime and in high schools across South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. “In the past year, there’s been a sharp increase in interest here in the US," the founder of Asian pop site tells the Times. “Once early adopters have adequately posted about it, discussed it and reviewed them, it’s now available to everyone.”

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