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Ahmed Angel’s Modeling Photos are a series of retouched photographs featuring Iraqi student and aspiring male model Ahmed Angel. His pictures have been mocked for being cringe-worthy and absurdly photoshopped on various community web sites.
On March 29th, 2012, Ahmed Angel began uploading photographs of himself to his profile on the Russian social networking site VK (shown below).
On October 13th, 2012, user pelmeshechka on the Russian Internet humor site Pikabu submitted a photograph of Ahmed with a link to his VK profile. On February 14th, 2013, Redditor illskillz1 submitted a post to the /r/cringepics subreddit, featuring a link to an Imgur gallery containing several photographs of Angel from his VK profile (shown below). Within three months, the post received over 9,700 up votes and 800 comments.
The same day, Body Building Forums member Battalion Beast submitted a discussion thread highlighting many of the photos from the Imgur gallery, accumulating upwards of 165 replies in the following month. On February 26th, NeoGAF member Kraftwerk started a forum thread with several photographs of Angel, which received over 80 replies in the first 24 hours. On March 1st, the “Ahmed Angel” Facebook page was launched. On March 5th, YouTuber Ahmed Angel uploaded a video titled “Ahmed Angel is planet,” featuring an animated slideshow of Angel’s modeling photos (shown below). Within two months, the video gained more than 10,000 views and 55 comments.
On March 29th, the /r/ahmedangel subreddit was created. On May 13th, the viral content site BuzzFeed published a post titled “Meet The Most Beautiful Man In The World,” featuring several notable photographs of Angel taken from his Facebook page. The following day, the International Business Times published an interview with Angel, who revealed himself as an 18-years-old Iraqi student studying medicine in Belarus.
“The most important thing in my life is to study medicine! And I’m not a model but I’m Top Model!”