Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Who defines 'real beauty'?

by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/25/13, 11:07 am

When I was a little girl, my father always told me I was “the most beautiful girl in the world.”

I believed him with the kind of pure-hearted trust a daddy’s girl has for her father. And then I grew up.

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Backyard nest eggs

Food | Chicken coops and fresh eggs are the latest trend in urban farming
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/19/13, 10:10 am

After a long day, Mike Scott has something to look forward to. 

Often he sits back with a glass of wine in his 1920s Spanish-style home, watching eight chickens scuttle and peck around his verdant backyard while the sun sets over the hazy Los Angeles cityscape. The chickens’ routine is oddly comforting.

“It’s not just the children,” Scott said, gazing down at his flock. “The adults get mesmerized while watching the chickens, too.”

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Confessions of a 25-year-old Christian virgin

Culture | It’s hard being one of the few not ‘doing it’
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/01/13, 09:30 am

When I was in eighth grade, “girl talk” meant blushing cheeks and coy smiles over the latest crush. We passed heart-filled notes marked in glittery pens, agonized over whether the boy returned our affections, and strategized plans to sit next to him. “Being in a relationship” meant linking hands whenever the couple thought nobody was watching.

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