“Marathon girl” runner and internet celebrity Li Xue, also called Mao Dou, challenges Chinese notions of female beauty. Photo: courtesy of Mao Dou

Chinese runner and accidental internet celebrity milks fame to attract sponsors, and show another side to beauty

Mao Dou gained a big social media following after photos of her running in marathons were posted online. She’s bucking the ‘white, thin, beautiful’ trend and using her fame to empower woman and show they can have muscles, too

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“Marathon girl” runner and internet celebrity Li Xue, also called Mao Dou, challenges Chinese notions of female beauty. Photo: courtesy of Mao Dou
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