Do you recognize Qian Zhijun? He was an internet sensation a couple years ago, after a picture of his abnormally chubby face was photoshopped to become everything from Doraemon to the Mona Lisa. Ever wonder what became of him?
Apparently, he’s using his fame to organize Shanghai fattie fests. On August 8, over 100 people weighing over 100 kilograms got together to celebrate… alternative body images. Besides having an internet celebrity like Qian Zhijun (aka “Xiao Pang” 小胖), they also sang, danced and had a “Fat Beauties” fashion show.
Qian told reporters that every year on August 8, Shanghai’s “fatties” get together because, of all the numbers, 8 looks the fattest. He added that fatness is not a problem and that fat people should have confidence in their own beauty and not worry so much about what other people think.
While we’re all for positive body image, maybe that’d be an easier pill to swallow if China hadn’t overtaken the U.S. as the most diabetic country in the world earlier this year.