The man apparently used photo editing apps to make himself appear like as a 'younger beautiful woman' because he believed no one wanted to see an old 'uncle'
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 20, 2021. It has since been updated.
In the age of social media, virtual reality, and cutting-edge technology, it is only justified for people to question reality itself. A 50-year-old Japanese man has given many on the internet an existential crisis after fooling them with his amazing editing skills. He made himself look like a 'youthful Japanese female motorbike rider' to gain followers but was caught after a show tracked him down, reported the Daily Mail.
El japonés decidió aparentar otra imagen porque según él "nadie quería ver a un abuelo".— Alerta Geek (@AlertaGeekCL) March 18, 2021
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The Japanese rider, who goes under the username @azusagakuyuki on Twitter, has gained a following of almost 18,000 after posting life updates and pictures as a woman in a motorcycle jacket or posing with Yamaha bikes. Soon eagle-eyed followers suspected something wasn't right when a mirror reflection in one of the pictures showing a completely different face. A Japanese entertainment TV show then tracked down the creator of the Twitter feed, where they discovered that it was, in fact, middle-aged making it the 'ultimate catfish' moment. The man named Zonggu apparently said that he used photo editing apps such as FaceApp to make himself appear like a 'younger beautiful woman' because he believed no one wanted to see an old 'uncle', reported the Daily Mail.
The pretty girl image gained him a lot of fans, with some even assuming the girl in the photos simply edited her pictures to make herself 'more beautiful'. They started noticing unusual things in the pictures such as a 'masculine-looking hairy arm' and a wing-mirror reflection showing a man's facial features. The man explained that he turned to the face-changing app because he wanted to gain popularity on social media, as well as increase the engagement of his posts. His editing skills led to thousands of 'likes' and hundreds of 'retweets' on his posts. He told the TV show that he enjoyed the feeling of becoming an 'online celebrity'. Ironically, the great reveal made him a lot more famous and he now has more number of fans who were impressed with his editing skills, reported the Daily Mail.
"His hair is so luscious it's worth the clickbait," one user joked, while another female user said, "this dude looks prettier than me". Many users commented about how he was a "next level" catfish. "And everyone believed it. That's the best catfish ever," one added. Others shared how they now have trust issues thanks to this man, "my trust issues have been upgraded," a user commented, while another said, "what is even real, I can't even!".