If it seems like everyone you know suddenly aged overnight―at least according to the selfies filling up your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds―you're right. On Tuesday, an image-modifying app called FaceApp went viral, as people started sharing photos of themselves using one of the app's filters, which imagines what you'd look like in your golden years―and the results are shockingly realistic. Dubbed the FaceApp Challenge, the app's appeal has piqued the curiosity of thousands almost instantly, but we can all stop now, because Joanna Gaines has stolen the show. Or rather, her 1-year-old son, Crew, has.
As the Challenge hit a fever pitch on Tuesday, House Beautiful decided to get in on the fun, sharing a photo of the stars of the show design fans wish would never end, Fixer Upper. Tagging Joanna and her husband, Chip Gaines, it was captioned "Fixer Upper Season #252," soon catching the attention of the home-renovating duo. "Oh my gosh...this is hilarious!!" Chip commented.
Joanna took things a step further though, downloading the app and trying things out for herself, posting the results to her Instagram story. And, like all of us, she soon got hooked, FaceApp-aging herself, her husband, her youngest son, even the flowers in her garden. It reached a point where she joked that she had to go outside so she'd stop scaring the kids with her photos. See for yourself:
Crew got the full Benjamin Button treatment, imagined with and without a beard. I don't care who you are; there's just something funny about seeing an old man with a baby's proportions.
The Challenge has prompted all kinds of conversations about attitudes toward aging, and how growing older should be celebrated. (It's also raised questions about what data is being collected from the photos everyone's uploading.)
If you're curious to see how you'd look years (or even decades) from now, you can take the FaceApp Challenge by downloading FaceApp—it's free for three days as a trial—and selecting "old" as one of the filter options. You can also see how closely the app can imagine what you looked like as a kid by selecting "young," or try a beard without the hassle of growing one out by choosing "hipster."
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