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Meet the 'King Kong Barbie': Doll-faced bodybuilder, 21, amazes the internet with her muscular physique

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/25/2019 Tracy You For Mailonline

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Cheng Lu, a 21-year-old student from China, has stunned millions of web users with her super muscular physique.  

The 5-feet, 1-inch fitness fanatic can squat lift 264.5 pounds. That's more than twice her body weight. 

a person posing for the camera: The 21-year-old student from China has stunned millions of web users with her super muscular physique

The 21-year-old student from China has stunned millions of web users with her super muscular physique
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Ms. Cheng, who is dubbed "King Kong Barbie," broadcasts her twice-a-day exercise sessions on Chinese video platforms, including Kuaishou and Douyin. She has so far gathered around 300,000 followers on both popular outlets since she started live-streaming her gym routine about three months ago.   

Every day, thousands of people watch her doing squats, lifting weights and showcasing her muscles while wearing a corset. Ms. Cheng, born in the city of Fushun, used to be shy. She loves pink and often dresses in a "kawaii," or cute, style. 

Ms Cheng says people often tell her that she looks like Chun-Li, a character in video game Street Fighter

Ms Cheng says people often tell her that she looks like Chun-Li, a character in video game Street Fighter
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But her life was completely changed after one classmate took her to watch a bodybuilding competition when she was in secondary school.

She told MailOnline: "I thought the women in the competition were very beautiful. They displayed a different sense of beauty and looked very healthy. That game left a deep impression on me."

And that was why Ms. Cheng picked the major of bodybuilding about a year and half ago after entering the Shenyang Sports College. "Traditionally, Chinese people think women should look weak to be beautiful, but who says we can't do things men can do, just like Mulan in the ancient times," she said.

a person on the machine: She has so far gathered around 300,000 followers on both popular outlets

She has so far gathered around 300,000 followers on both popular outlets
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Apparently, Ms. Cheng has been teased by some people after posting videos and pictures of her ripped figure online. 

"Many people say they can't understand me, they can't understand why a young woman like me would want to look muscular. They even say I wouldn't be able to find a husband in the future. But I think different people are exposed to different social networks, therefore we all have different sense of beauty and value. I hope to achieve a healthy body and encourage people around me to do so too," she said.

a person in a white shirt: Like many girls and young women in China, Ms Cheng loves pink and often dresses in a 'kawaii', or cute, style

Like many girls and young women in China, Ms Cheng loves pink and often dresses in a 'kawaii', or cute, style
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Ms. Cheng's current goal is to attend more professional bodybuilding competitions. Her best result so far has been the fourth place at last year's Bodybuilding National Championship held by the China Body Building Association. 

"I have two workout sessions every day to exercise different parts of my body, including my chest, shoulders, back, arms and thighs."

Ms. Cheng is not the only doll-faced bodybuilder who has impressed the internet. 

In 2015, Russian powerlifter Julia Vins' shot to fame with her unusual blend of wide-eyed beauty and Hulk-like torso.

Ms/ Vins, who was only 18 at the time, claimed to be able to deadlift 400 pounds.


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