Apparently, Being Skinny Enough To Hide Behind A Sheet Of A4 Paper Is A Thing Now

It's a hot new trend.

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There is no dearth of absolutely vacuous trends on the Internet

A while back Chinese women were posting photos of themselves showing their ability to hold pens under their breasts.

Prior to that, Taiwanese teens were posting photos by wearing translucent plastic shopping bags as swimsuits.

Now, a new social media trend called "A4 Waist" has started going viral and it seems it's designed to make women hate their bodies

The challenge requires women to take photos of themselves with a piece of A4 paper in front of their waists to prove that their waistlines are narrower than the width of the paper's size: 8 inches!

First reported on by China's People's Daily, the trend emerged on Weibo, the Chinese social network - and has seen hundreds of Chinese women taking to their Weibo accounts to show off their trim waistlines.

Image via Weibo
Image via Weibo

Already a trending topic on Weibo, the one-month-old challenge, with millions of photos posted under the hashtag #A4Waist, has garnered more than 40,000 commenters there

Image via Weibo
Image via Weibo
Image via Weibo

However, commentators have been quick to slam those involved in the challenge for promoting unrealistic body expectations

An angry Twitter user said: “So are they insinuating smaller is better? Not cool to offend the girls who don’t measure up in this matter.”

Another commenter remarked: “A4 paper waist challenge? Total rubbish”, before joking that they wanted to turn the sheet of paper sideways.
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Thankfully, not all social media users are taking the challenge so seriously.

Mocking it on Weibo, a user named Joe Wong has posted a selfie of himself covering his face with an A4 paper with a caption saying: "I have A4 face."

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A while back, "real" men were going nuts (literally)

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