Meet Tina Leopard, a Chinese blogger and model who earlier this year sparked controversy among Internet users after photos showing her extremely sharp chin and large anime-like eyes went viral on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
Apparently, there’s a new fashion trend sweeping across China – the anime look. The country’s most popular social media sites are practically flooded with tons of photos of young people clearly going out of their way to look as much like an anime character as possible. The trend took off last summer, when a girl going by the name of KOKO uploaded photos and videos showing her thin body, pointy chin and disproportionately large eyes. It turned out she used all kinds of makeup tricks to achieve her anime look, and her photos were apparently also altered in Photoshop, but that didn’t seem to matter much to people who wanted to look like the characters in popular Japanese cartoons. And while some of them actually look pretty cool, others are just plain freaky. Case in point, Tina Leopard, a young Chinese model whose extreme facial features have often been compared to those of an alien.
It’s not clear whether Tina has had any plastic surgery to get that sharp a chin, but just look at it, if she fell on her face that thing would probably stick in the ground. And to further emphasize her bizarre look, Ms. Leopard also uses fake eyelashes, contact lenses and buckets of makeup. She then posts photos of her on her Weibo microblog and gets thousands of comments from both her fans and people calling her an ugly alien or a monster.