Chinese influencers catfish fans with heavily altered photos – New York Post

Catfishing isn’t nice — and sometimes it isn’t pretty, especially in the case of two Chinese influencers who faked out their throngs of followers with doctored-up photos.

Coeyyy and her pal, both users on the Chinese social media platform Xiaohonghshu, have been outed by Facebook user Ex.Treme for posting digitally altered pictures that made them look more attractive than they are.

Ex.Treme put “before” and “after” photos of the pair that dramatically show the difference between them in real life and on Xiaohongshu, China’s Instagram.

The photos that the young women shared publicly show them as doll-like, doe-eyed and demure. The pictures that Ex.Treme posted show the women are heavier and have wider noses and blemished skin.

In one picture, Coeyyy forgot to take out her reflection in a window — with her “Barbie” self standing in front of her heavier shadow.

Coeyyy came clean on her account.

“After being secretly photographed, I haven’t been in the best of moods. That’s why these photos never made it online, after I weighed my options,” she wrote, according to a translation on WorldofBuzz.

Commenters were shocked.

One wrote, “This is catfishing to the next level!” Another said: “This is why you can NEVER trust those beautiful photos of people online. OMG!”