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TikTok videos feature an aging filter with lines around the eyes and a noticeable saggy chin. The image is superimposed on Sofia Reyes’s song “1, 2, 3,” which features Jason Derulo and De La Ghetto. As Reyes sings, “You seem to like me a little more today,” the filter reduces the age to two or three.

The TikTokers’ facial features become visible when Reyes’ lyrics “Hey, how are you?” are displayed through the filter. @eunicetjoaa, @sitianggunn 30, and @katiana.kay popularized this; their videos have nearly 30 million, 11.4 million, and 6.3 million views, respectively. After the filter is removed, everyone can see Reyes’ lyrics.

Several video commentators chastised the filter used in the posted content. According to one commenter, @eunicetjoaa’s participation in the trend revealed her true colors. Additionally, a TikToker user wrote that “Yea let’s not do this” in response to @sitianggunn 30’s video going viral.

Other TikTokers have also noticed the trend. In one video, the trend was described as a “fatphobic confidence boost” by @bubblesworlddd. She also stated that the filter she used to create her video was removed after people complained that it made them appear too fat.

Bubbles was relieved to see that her face didn’t appear fat when she removed the lens from her camera. “You go from having to see yourself with a larger round fat face,” she wrote in a TikTok overlay text.

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Oliver’s TikTok made fun of the skinny and hot trend. He demonstrated how “hot & skinny” he is by using a filter on his video.

In a direct message conversation with the Daily Dot, Oliver expressed concern about the popularity of round-faced filter effects. After having his filter removed, he wrote in the text of his TikTok video that his heartbreak stemmed from seeing “my sad face” through a popular filter trend.

He intended to remind the public that everyone is beautiful and should be valued by parodying the trend. He believes that the beauty standards on social media are deplorable.



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