Just a month ago, Chinese netizens were obsessing over the beauty of this 15-year-old teen who’d undergone extensive plastic surgery. Web users remarked that her desirable pointed chin and porcelain skin made her a “snake spirit,” a reference to a popular folk legend in China. Recently, another “snake spirit” has emerged on the internet in the form of an 18-year-old male, and he has not been well received… at all.
“Snake spirit boy” is the Weibo handle of 18-year-old Liu Zi-chen, who claims to be a model from Beijing. Similar to his female counterpart, Liu appears to have a pale complexion, huge doll-like eyes and a v-shaped chin, all features that are coveted among the beauty-conscious in China and typically attained through cosmetic surgery. Liu, however, maintains that his features are “all natural”, and attributes his looks to his half-Asian-half-American blood.
Liu’s photos have gone viral on Chinese social media, and thousands of web users have taken to the comment section to express doubt in his act. One web user managed to dig up Liu’s old passport photo to prove that he had indeed undergone drastic plastic surgery. “If you’re natural, then no one in China is natural!”, one user remarked, while another jokingly commented: “Mom, there’s a ghost on Weibo!”
Liu, however, rebuts their claims, and insists that the passport photo only looks different because it was taken five years ago. He did eventually admit that his nose was surgically altered, but claims that his jaw shape changed with the repeated use of a special face mask (the brand of which, of course, had not been revealed).
His nude pictures, however, receive the most hate. He is often photographed sleeping on piles of cash and one time he posted an image with the caption: “You are all so poor. I have 100 thousand in phones [???!], do you?” Angry netizens immediately hit back with comments including, “You are sick, go back to Mars!” and “Why must you post these disgusting photos?”
Liu maintains that people are merely jealous, and says his photos are “works of art”.
By Sharon Choi
[Images via GetJoys]