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10 People Who Rose to Fame Overnight

Today it is so easy to become famous — all thanks to the internet and social networks. Some won fame due to their unique talents, others thanks to their unique appearance.

WeGoRo put together the stories of 10 people who personally experienced the power of unexpected fame.

10. Nicky Libert

A London student posted a photo of a young construction worker on her social network account. She’d met the young man on a walk around Amsterdam. Nicky’s beauty was widely praised by Twitter users, and this eventually brought him a contract with Elite modeling agency.

9. Baddie Winkle

This grandma conquered the hearts of bloggers when her great-granddaughter posted her photo on Instagram. She now has more than 3 million followers, and she leads an active lifestyle: she dances and twerks, continually changes her image, and participates in talk shows.

8. Emanuele Fasano

When a young Italian musician was late for his train, he found there was nothing else to do but play the piano which stood inside the railway station. Luckily, Emanuele’s performance was noticed by a music producer, and he recorded it. This video made the talented musician very popular in social networks, eventually bringing him a very profitable contract.

7. Nusret Gökçe

This Turkish chef became famous thanks to videos where he very passionately cooked meat. Now his Instagram account has more than 9 million followers, and world-famous stars, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, come to see his signature performance.

6. Arshad Khan

This 18-year-old tea seller from Islamabad marketplace became famous overnight when a photographer posted a photo of the blue-eyed boy on her Instagram. The photo immediately collected thousands of likes and attracted much attention. Now Arshad is contracted by a big modeling agency and dreams about a career as a movie star.

5. Philippe Dumas

After retiring, Philippe decided to share his photos on the popular website Reddit. He asked users whether he was still capable of joining the fashion industry. His unusual appearance was appreciated not only by the social network users but by the modeling agencies as well. He now has modeling contracts and finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a model.

4. Mike Varshavski

Dr. Mike from New Jersey became famous thanks to his Instagram account, where he posted photos of his everyday chores. The young man was named "the sexiest doctor alive" by People magazine. Despite offers to become a model, he prefers to be a doctor. Dr. Mike is now a public person, promoting a healthy lifestyle and supporting charity organizations.

3. Cindy Kimberly

This girl became famous when Justin Bieber posted her photo on his feed and asked, "Omg who is this?!!!" His fans found the girl. She turned out to be a 17-year-old student from Costa Blanca, Spain. In her free time, she worked as a part-time nanny. Now she has contracts with the big modeling agencies as well as photo shoots for glossy magazines.

2. Sven Otten

After this young man posted this video of his igniting dance on YouTube, it was viewed by more than 43 million people all over the world. Now this self-taught dancer from Germany is the face of many advertising campaigns and owns a dancing academy.

1. Jeremy Meeks

Jeremy Meeks was sentenced in February 2015 to 2 years in federal prison for a weapons violation. After the Stockton Police Department posted his mugshot on Facebook, internet users nicknamed him "a handsome felon." When he was released from jail, he received a few modeling offers and now spends his time surrounded by celebrities.