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Chubby Bubbles Girl is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of a girl running through a yard with a bubble maker in her hand. This exploitable series is similar in form to Disaster Girl, Crasher Squirrel and Thundersnow Ice Cream Cone Guy.
The identities of the girl in the photo and the photographer still remain unknown, but the original image first appeared online via imageboard community 4chan in a /b/ (random) thread posted on August 22nd, 2009.
On 4chan, images containing an exploitable cutout of the girl have been also referred to as “Bubbles Girl” or simply “Chubbles.” Somewhat similar to the use of Disaster Girl and Strutting Leo, Chubby Bubbles Girl is usually photoshopped into scenes of disasters or chase-and-run scenarios.
In between August 22nd and 23rd, 2009, Chubby Bubbles Girl emerged as a popular subject of photoshop-related threads on 4chan imageboards and quickly made its way over to the micro-blogging service Tumblr On September 12th, BuzzFeed editor Scott Lamb, then a power user on the site, created the post titled “What is Bubbles Girl Running From?” challenging readers to create their own photoshopped versions with an exploitable cutout:
She’s got her bubbles, but she’s definitely on the run from something. Use our photo editor or grab the image transparency to help us find out!
By September 23rd, users on 4chan celebrated its newly reached memetic status in a /b/ (random) thread with repetitive chants of “NEW MEME NEW MEME NEW MEME.” Later in the same month, MemeGenerator launched an image macro application for “Chubby Bubbles Girl,” spawning a modest collection of 200 derivatives in the span of two months. There is also a Facebook fan page dedicated to Chubby Bubbles Girl with just over 600 likes.
According to Google Insights, search queries for “Bubbles Girl” yielded its highest spike in July 2009 following the introduction of photoshopping threads on 4chan’s /b/. Despite the large volume of
derivatives generated by 4chan and Buzzfeed, the overall interest in “Chubby Bubbles Girl” has waned since peaking in 2009.
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