The funniest responses to the #A4waist challenge

CCTV News

Photo by Weibo user 林小渼saque Photo by Weibo user 林小渼saque

Since February, a Chinese internet meme has blown up showing women posing with a sheet of A4-sized paper held lengthwise to prove how thin their bodies are.

Photo from Chinese actress  Zhang Li's weibo account.

Photo from Chinese actress Zhang Li’s weibo account.

A4 paper is most commonly used in China and measures 8.3 inches by 11.7 inches (210mm by 297mm). While many have bought into the meme, even using the hashtag #a4waistchallenge, others have turned it on its head with funny responses.

Here’s a round up of some of them:

From Chinese-American comedian Joe Wong who says: “I have an A4 face”

Photo by Weibo user and comedian Joe Wong

Photo by Weibo user and comedian Joe Wong

From Weibo user 林小渼saque who writes: “Who says this isn’t an #a4 waist” as she puts a piece of paper on her not-so-happy looking cat.

Photo by Weibo user 林小渼saque

Photo by Weibo user 林小渼saque

Twitter user Eveline Marian offers her master’s of arts thesis in lieu of A4 paper:


While Omri_Rawrlan, editor of Social Content at @attn offers another even thinner alternative:


These four ladies took A-4 to another level on Instagram:

While another Instagram user made a point that an #a4 waist is about the size of a baby:

This woman says her thumb has a postage stamp waist:


While others used the challenge as an opportunity to highlight things they care more about, like Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China which posted pictures of things on campus bigger than an A4 sheet of paper:

Weibo photo from Southwest Jiaotong University.

Weibo photo from Southwest Jiaotong University.

Even China’s Ministry of Public Security used the meme to make a point showing that when people are homesick, the spiritual distance between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan is as wide as a sheet of A4 paper:

Weibo account for China's Ministry of Public Security.

Weibo account for China’s Ministry of Public Security.