The idea came from the anime cartoon Case Closed. In the show, Detective Conan said that the length of one’s foot should equal the length of one’s forearm. So, people went nuts trying out this hypothesis.
Some people’s forearm to foot ratio was completely off. This person either has really tiny feet, or really long forearms. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter because it doesn’t prove anything. This Weibo challenge is reminiscent of other “beauty” challenges that took the social media app by storm.
Last year, a “skinny” challenge swarmed Weibo. To show that your legs were skinny enough, thousands of women placed the iPhone 6 across their knees. In the “iPhone 6” challenge, if the phone completely covered your knees, you supposedly had nice legs.
Another beauty challenge that took Weibo by storm received a lot of backlash from media outlets. In the A4 waist challenge, a standard piece of paper is held up to the waist. If the paper if wider than your waist, congratulations, you have a “nice figure,” according to this challenge. That paper is just 8.3 inches across. The challenge was criticized for promoting unhealthy body images and body shaming.
Then there was the Belly Button Challenge, which also started on Weibo. If you have a “nice figure” than you should be able to reach around your back and touch your belly button, the challenge insists. In reality, as the middle image shows above, it’s more of a test of shoulder flexibility.
The Finger Trap Test, a.k.a. the “Beauty and Ugliness Identification Method,” also blew up on Weibo with more than 200,000 discussions. In the challenge, you place your index finger against the tip of your nose and rest your hand on your chin. If your lips don’t touch your index finger, congrats, you’re gorgeous! Western news outlets got it wrong at first, thinking that you were considered beautiful if your lips touched your finger, but no. No touching allowed!
Then there was the under-boob challenge, that also began on Weibo. In the test, women place a pen under their breast and if the pen stays in place, congrats, you’ve got nice boobs, according to the test. Obviously, this challenge favors women with big breasts. Plenty of people have responded to this ridiculous challenge with hilarious memes, like guys taping pens under their chest, or large women holding an entire broom under her breasts.
But, I’ve never tried any of these challenges … and what kind of journalist would I be if I didn’t do some investigative reporting. So here are my results …
Whoops. I spoke too soon. I’ve got fat knees, everyone. What’s even worse is that my phone isn’t an iPhone 6, but a Galaxy S7, which is even longer than the iPhone. Even still, my fat knees aren’t covered by my larger-than-average phone. Are there any knee-sliming diets out there?
The Finger Trap challenge was totally arbitrary. It changed depending on the position of my finger. When I placed the base of the knuckle of my index finger against my chin, I barely passed the challenge. When I rested my hand above the knuckle on my chin … well, this happened. I failed miserably. So, I guess I’m pretty from certain angles. In other angles, I could be cast as the lead in Shrek.
Belly Button Challenge? NOT EVEN CLOSE. Also, that is me REALLY straining to get my hand over there. That’s it, I’m just eating lettuce from now on.
Obviously, I’m kidding. These challenges are ridiculous and mean nothing. Pass or fail, these challenges don’t speak to an individual’s beauty. All they do is perpetuate unrealistic standards. There is no challenge that can tell someone how beautiful they are.
Oh, and if you’re wondering … I did try the Under-Boob Challenge. It would not be appropriate to post it. But since I wear a size D bra, I can tell you I didn’t have a hard time passing. But again, this means absolutely nothing.