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Ryon Wu is a dystopic anime character come to life


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The Californian insta-star talks fantasy, the future of beauty, and working at his parents’ restaurant to pay the bills

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“I feel most beautiful when I’m photoshopped to look like a creature from another world,” says 21-year-old Californian Ryon Wu. One look at his Instagram, @ryon01, and this starts to make sense. Originally of Chinese/ Vietnamese heritage, Ryon’s aesthetic is anime-character-meets-boy-from-the-future, framed against an inherently dystopic background of nuclear power stations and American trees whipping in hurricane wind.   

Currently living in Fontana, California, Wu works as a waiter by day at his parents’ restaurant to pay the bills, but by night he appears in music videos, models for brands like MAISON the FAUX and just generally engages in a radical self-transformation, utilising the immense power of both fashion and make-up. These days, Wu boasts a following of 32.6k online thanks to his hypnotic looks, futuristic vibe, and out of this world editing skills.

What are you working on at the moment?
Myself.

What three beauty products are in your bag right this second?
Tinted brow gel, lip tint, and toner water.

What’s your earliest beauty related memory?
Begging my parents to buy me Bratz dolls because I was obsessed with their looks.

What’s your favourite smell and why?
The smell of new shoes, but maybe that’s just because I love getting new shoes.

Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Gudetama from Sanrio because I always feel lazy.

Who is your beauty icon?
Lisa from P.T. Because she’s so effortlessly gorgeous and stunning.

What does beauty mean to you?
Confidence.

What beauty product would you take with you to the moon? 
Brow gel because I can’t live without it.

What is your fantasy future?
One where I can play all my favourite games in first person on a super next-gen PlayStation VR system.

What do you think the world will look like in 100 years?
Simulated.

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