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Who is Ernest Khalimov aka Gigachad and what is the Chad meme?

ON more than one occasion, memes have sprung out of nowhere and brought unexpected notoriety to individuals.

This is no more true for Ernest Khalimov - aka GigaChad - who has garnered so much acclaim for his good looks and chiselled physique that people have even questioned his own existence.

Who is Ernest Khalimov?

Reports suggest that Ernest is the identity of the man featured on the Instagram account berlin.1969, which has close to 600,000 followers.

Believed to be 52 years old, he appears to be a Russian fitness trainer and model.

According to HITC, the earliest images of Ernest first surfaced in October 2017, but his origin can be traced to 2015, thanks to the work of Russian photographer Krista Sudmalis.

Krista started photographing male bodybuilders and female models for her project Sleek’N’Tears.

And it was not long before the internet noticed the physical attributes of one particular model, who has since gone on to become a meme sensation.  

What is the Chad meme?

A chad is a slang term that refers to particularly attractive or confident males, reports USA Today.

And since the images of Ernest surfaced online, internet users have become stricken with his “ultra-masculine” personality and “perfect” appearance,

It has sparked a constant slew of online memes that poke fun at the idea that the model is in-fact a GigaChad or “Ultimate Man,” as defined by the Urban dictionary.

The view is seemingly so widely shared that a debate has even ensued over whether the model is real or just a product of clever CGI.

This is because, besides his few photos online, there is absolutely no videos of Ernest on the internet.

Sleek’N’Tears YouTube videos feature many other models, but none of the clips stars Ernest.

The “GigaChad” is also barely active on the internet and reportedly remains uninterested in brand deals.

As a result, the myth of the “man from the Chad memes” continues to live on.

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