An Instagram account has captured the hearts of thousands with its collection of endearing images featuring chubby Asian babies. Known as Tiny Gentle Asians, this page has amassed a staggering 55,000 followers who can’t resist the adorable charm of over 500 photographs showcasing East Asian newborns and toddlers. These captivating snapshots capture moments of pure joy, tears, playfulness with animals, and even the irresistible sight of their plump cheeks being gently squeezed, all in the name of cuteness.
Founder Mel Kenny shared her secret recipe for a captivating account, highlighting two essential ingredients: “Rolls and LOLs.” She explained to Mashable that the combination of chubby rolls and contagious laughter plays a vital role in creating the irresistible charm that keeps followers coming back for more.
Aww! The Twitter account Tiny Gentle Asians is full of pictures of cute East Asian babies
Collection: The pictures are mostly reposted from parents’ accounts
Origins: The account was started by Mel Kenny, a Thai Australian
Mel started by posting pictures of babies she saw on the street but the account has evolved
Hollywood: She has celebrity fans including Candice Swanepoel and Chelsea Handler
She focuses on pictures that are funny or feature chubby babies with rolls
Mel, a Thai Australian who works as an editor and social media consultant, started the account with cell phone pictures of babies she saw while out and about, but has graduated to reposting pictures taken by parents.
And she pointed out that not all the pictures on her account are traditionally attractive baby pictures.
That is, the tots aren’t always posed angelically with smiles on soft rugs. Sometimes they are making ridiculous faces, pouting, or crying — something she said Japanese and Korean mothers like to take pictures of.
Whatcha thinkin? Mel also adds witty captions from each baby’s point of view
She explained that Japanese and Korean mothers love to take funny and unflattering pictures of their kids
Popular: Pictures on the account get thousands of likes
Some parents dress their kids up while others use funny Snapchat filters
This little girl is a cross between Waldo and Pippi Longstocking
Other snaps see babies in costumes and pajamas, getting the Snapchat filter treatment, and taking baths.
Mel also adds her own witty captions with words supposedly thought of or spoken by the babies themselves.
‘Applying very silly, incongruent voices to pictures of tiny children that haven’t yet formed identities is certainly the most enjoyable part for me,’ she said. ‘I think a portion of the audience finds the captions and the image create a funny experience, while the rest are just into the cute thing.’
Smush! There are plenty of pictures of babies having their chubby cheeks squshed
Mel tags parents of the babies she posts and says it’s usually not a problem
She said that rolls are important on her page, as are funny faces
The creator thinks she probably picked Asian babies because she identifies with them
Comments occasionally make her wonder if the page was a bad idea but mostly the account just spreads happiness
That audience is now up to 55,400 people, including Chelsea Handler and Candice Swanepoel.