Weibo user Kanahooo is extremely creative in retouching people’s profile pictures, making them look like manga characters or supermodels. People reportedly ask for her services so they can look more “shiny” on social media.
Kanahooo’s photoshop skills have become all the rage; she currently has over 1.4 million followers on Weibo.
On her homepage, Kanahooo shares tips and tricks on how to retouch images. She also launches challenges that allow other Weibo netizens to try out and show off their photoshop talent.
One of the requirements: participants cannot use the Photoshop program on their desktop computer – everything has to be edited with apps on tablet or mobile phone – which is also only how Kanahooo retouches photos.
Over the past few years, apps that allow users to retouch their photos have been getting more popular in China. Many photo apps have options to add makeup, make eyes look bigger, make the face appear slimmer, or even change hair colors.
Kanahoo also gives tutorials on Weibo on how to make the chin look pointier through the Pitu app or the Meitu app.
“I’ve become obsessed with photoshop since I started following Kanahooo,” one Weibo user says.
Kanahooo has started a real photoshop fever on Weibo, where thousands of netizens are retouching images and show off their work: “Here’s my homework, Kanahooo!”
About people saying that Kanahooo’s work looks unnatural， or does not necessarily make everyone look better, the photoshop hero says: “This is just a type of entertainment. It is about showing people the things they can do with their phone. I just think it’s fun to try and make people look different.”
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Shanghai Disney’s Crystal Castle Sold for RMB 1.8 Million
Shanghai Disney’s cherished object was sold off to the “dirty rich.”
Almost three years after Shanghai Disney first opened its doors, its sparkling ‘enchanted storybook’ crystal castle has now been sold for RMB 1.8 million ($276.500).
The minitiature bling bling castle has been an eyecatcher and a much-photographed object at the Disney resort.
Today, the hashtag “1.8 Million Shanghai Disney Crystal Castle Sold” (#迪士尼180万水晶城堡被买走#) went trending on Sina Weibo with some 180 million views, with many people wondering what kind of person would spend so much money on a decorative crystal castle.
According to a Weibo user, the castle was bought by a “tuhao” (土豪), Chinese slang for a “dirty rich” or extravagantly wealthy person (more info).
“Even if was RMB 180 [$27], I still wouldn’t be able to afford it,” a popular comment said.
“I went there just some days ago and was joking about whether someone would actually ever buy it – now it’s sold!”
“I’m happy I was still able to see it [before it was sold],” many commenters write, with hundreds of people sharing their own photos of the little castle. In 2017 alone, the park attracted 11 million visitors.
For the same price of the small crystal castle, the buyer could have visited the park 3706 times during high season (a peak season entrance ticket is priced at RMB 499/$75).
The display where the crystal palace was shined now shows a bronze statue of Frozen.
By Manya Koetse
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Digitalizing China’s Beauty Industry: Introducing Supermakeup’s ‘Beauty Charging Stations’
Are ‘makeup charging stations’ the next trend in China’s beauty industry?
You’re on the road and need a skin, make-up, or hair fix-up before your next appointment, but have no time for a spa session and would rather avoid dirty toilet rooms? These are the kinds of situations that Beijing’s Supermakeup company has claimed to have found the solution for.
With its ‘beauty charging stations’ in public urban spaces, the Supermakeup company is trying to launch a new kind of beauty industry where women can use their self-service ‘spa booths’ and make-up product stores in the middle of a street or shopping mall.
Access to the booths is provided through the Supermakeup app or via its WeChat programme, and payment of products and access is done via WeChat Pay.
The Supermakeup Company (北京超级美科技有限公司) was established in March of 2018 and is headquartered in Beijing.
Will this be the big next trend that will further digitalize China’s beauty industry? We tried it out for you, check out our latest video below.
By Manya Koetse
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