If you’ve noticed a recent uptake in frighteningly realistic animated memes blowing up your Instagram feed, we have answers—the apps to blame are called MyIdol and EmojMe and they’re taking the celebrity world by storm. Posted by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham, the programs use sophisticated technology to create lifelike 3D avatars engaging in such activities as pole dancing and singing (in Chinese, mind you, in the case of MyIdol). If you’re looking for a serious distraction at work, download both in the App Store and create your own caricatures—and while they load, peruse a few of the best posts we’ve seen so far below.
@shirleykurata introduced me to Myidol, an alternative to Bitmoji and I am utterly transfixed. Haven’t been this happy since I got Myst in 4th grade. Also, managed to create this avatar despite the app being in Chinese (a language I don’t read or speak) so maybe I join Mensa? Translations welcome! A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on
#trufflebutter @anderssonjj A video posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on
Performing at MSG this weekend. Come out and see me. A video posted by Arielle Vandenberg (@arielle) on
Just spent the last 20 mins playing around with @emojme started by my boys @mikeyhess and @daydayhess! You can morph yourself into a lifelike emoji using a clear photo of yourself or by taking a selfie. Then, you can import all your EmojMes into your keyboard to text with friends!! What do you guys think of my #EmojMe? #hbmad #hbfit
exclusive clip from “frozen 2” A video posted by Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) on