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GigaChad Meme, Meaning, and Real Person

The GigaChad meme rose in popularity in 2022.

It’s all around TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

If you’re browsing social media, you’ve probably come across the GigaChad meme before.

It’s about a tall, muscular, attractive male with a distinct jawline.

The photos of the man are usually in black and white.

In this article, you’ll learn about the GigaChad meme, what it means, his height, and whether he’s a real person.

GigaChad meme

The GigaChad meme is about a tall, muscular, and attractive male with a chiseled jawline.

The meme was first popularized on Reddit when a Redditor posted a picture by @sleekntears in 2017.

Most of the comments said that the photo was either computer-generated (CGI) or photoshopped.

Here’s a comment by @jsticebeaver, “It’s still pretty much 50% CGI, so you weren’t too far off on that one”.

That said, even if the photo is edited—there are males who look like that in real life—just without the jawline.

In 2022, the meme surged in popularity on TikTok.

TikTok users started a trend to mimick the GigaChad face.

Making the face requires you to bite down on your cheeks, raise your eyebrows, and smile slightly.

There are a bunch of TikTok users that nailed the GigaChad face and their videos garnered millions of views.

Other than people, there are also videos comparing dogs and cats getting stung by a bee.

In the video titled “Giga Chats”, photos of dogs and cats after getting stung by a bee were shown.

The dogs had swollen faces while the cats resembled the GigaChad face.

What does GigaChad mean?

GigaChad means an attractive, muscular, and confident male.

The name combines two words, “Giga” and “Chad”.

“Giga” means massive while “Chad” usually refers to an egoistic and hyper-masculine white male.

A GigaChad has a 10/10 face with a chiseled jawline.

Many people wonder if he is a real person because of his distinctive body structure.

He struggles to fit through doors due to his massive shoulder width, is tall, and has a high IQ.

He is an icon that every man wants to become but cannot be because it’s nearly impossible to attain.

There are multiple memes on Reddit that express what a GigaChad is.

Here’s one of them, “Reads all 231 pages of terms and conditions. Clicks <<disagree>>”.

And another one, “Man fights off shark, stitches up own leg, goes to the pub”.

Is GigaChad a real person?

GigaChad (also known as Ernest Khalimov) is technically not a real person but an art project by Krista Sudmalis called Sleek’N’Tears.

Krista Sudmalis is a Russian photographer focusing on fitness and bodybuilding.

That said, the models behind GigaChad are real, and there seem to be a few of them.

In a 2016 interview, Krista mentioned the name of one of her models as “Artur Farad” (@artur_farad).

Two of the other models are Valentin Babaev (@valentin_babaev) and Mike (@_steelmike_).

They are frequently tagged in the posts by @sleekntears.

GigaChad’s official Instagram account is @berlin.1969, which is most likely owned by Krista Sudmalis @sleekntears.

On August 6, 2021, @berlin.1969 posted a photo with a caption saying that GigaChad is 191cm tall—if he exists.

Originally, Sleek’N’Tears focused on “dark art”, which includes digitally modified photography of Krista herself, and other models.

The project gradually evolved into fitness, bodybuilding, and masculinity.

The existence of GigaChad has been a mystery ever since its creation, which is probably Krista’s goal.

She managed to turn her art project into a global phenomenon, especially within incel communities.

Krista monetized her project by launching an NFT collection and the GigaChad Army merchandise that delivers in Russia.

The collection contains more than 140 NFTs and has a total trade volume of over 85 ETH.

Even if the photos are digitally modified, the goal of her art project still remains succinct—for GigaChad to be an idol.

GigaChad height and weight

GigaChad physical stats

NameErnest Khalimov
Height191 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight95–110 kg 
Date of birth1969
Place of birthMoscow, Russia

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