I was told to expect skimpy outfits, but not an overweight man in a pink wig, red lipstick, and a sparkly mermaid tail and bra. But there he was, on stage, blowing kisses at the video camera and sporadically saying "Thank you! I hoped that he was getting serious coin for making such a spectacle of himself. Thankfully he probably was, as he was being broadcast live to thousands of viewers on an internet show, the title of which roughly translates to I Am Your Hawaii Girl, in the Beijing headquarters of REDO Media. The firm claims to be China's biggest live-streaming star agency. Behind the cameras the producers, staring at screens showing the footage unfolding, nodded their heads as virtual gifts such as flower and banana emojis streamed in. The recent broadband-quick rise in popularity in China of apps such as Lai Feng, and the people who broadcast on them, has caused a new branch of the internet technology industry to spring up around it.
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Qiaobiluo Dianxia has a following of , on Chinese live streaming platform DouYou. Fans were misled on her appearance since they could donate to streamers without seeing their faces, The Paper via AsiaOne reported on Tuesday, July Qiaobiluo would choose either to show herself only from the neck down—with the camera angled to her chest—or with an anime image over her face. She would also post pictures that showed a slim, fair-skinned woman, leading fans to assume that this was her true appearance. She offered to meet them for , yuan around P, and said she would show her face if she had , followers.
All rights reserved. Lala, 35, livestreams from a hotel room in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Lala is an independent live streamer who has cultivated nearly 75, followers on the app LiveAF, run by 17 Media. She leaves her young daughter, Mong Mong, in their apartment while she goes off to work, sitting alone in various hotel rooms and sending smiles to hopeful fans watching from their phones. As darkness falls over Taipei City, an image of a woman named Lala illuminates the night sky. Her face beams from a foot-tall billboard overlooking Taipei. Across Asia, countless other live streamers joke, eat, and sleep while being watched by thousands on smart phones and computer screens.
Fans of Chinese video blogger Qiaobiluo Dianxia were hit with a dose of reality when the gaming goddess of their dreams was exposed as a year-old woman during a live stream on Thursday July Qiaobiluo had amassed a following of , on DouYu, a Chinese live-streaming platform that allows viewers to donate money to streamers. She had managed to keep fans intrigued by hiding her face behind anime graphics, using filters or turning the camera away from herself. Attracted by Qiaobiluo's sweet voice and duped by the pictures she often uploaded, her fans believed that she was a young woman. She also said that she wanted to gain , followers before revealing her face. However, a technical glitch threw a wrench in her plans. Her followers saw her real face after the graphic she was using stopped working during a live stream with fellow streamer Mix Qingzi.