Tamdrin, 20, has gained a lot of attention on social media. BY LÜ CAIHONG/TEENS
In the internet era, one could become a web celebrity within seconds.
This is true of Tamdrin, a 20-year-old Tibetan man, who recently attracted a lot of attention after a photographer posted a less than 10-second video of him on Douyin. Tamdrin now lives in Litang County of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province.
The netizens marveled at his pretty face with sun-kissed skin, a mop of brown hair and an “angelic and comforting” smile. In particular, Tamdrin had “stars in his eyes”. People think that he is different from today’s popular young male idols who are characterized for their beautifully clean faces, fair skin and delicate makeup.
On Nov 19, Tamdrin posted his first video on his own Douyin account. As of Nov 24, the video received more than 2.2 million likes and over 100,000 comments, and he garnered over 2.5 million followers.
After Tamdrin shot to sudden stardom, some companies invited him to become a professional online celebrity. Instead of doing this, Tamdrin was employed by a State-owned company.
“Tamdrin has been hired ... to promote the tourism of Litang county and Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture,” Gao Xiaoping told Red Star News. Gao is a deputy manager of the county’s culture, tourism and sports investment development company.
“He’ll get a monthly salary of 3,500 yuan as well as insurance and subsidies. We’ll check the qualifications of the companies that want to cooperate with him to prevent him from being cheated,” he added.
“I’m glad to see that Tibetans are increasingly becoming internet celebrities,” Sangyeshung, a Tibetan man who works as a physician for the Ganlu Tibetan Medicine Group in the Tibet autonomous region, told China Daily.
“They can introduce Tibetan culture, food and places of interests to the world,” he said.