A photo of an “ageless” mother has stirred the internet into a frenzy.
Kienya Booker, 40, shared a collage featuring old photos of herself with her daughters, alongside recent pictures, in honor of #ThrowbackThursday, the Daily Mail reports.
“The top half of the picture was a throwback of me and my daughters from about 12 to 13 years ago, and the bottom half was a more recent picture of us,” she said, Yahoo Lifestyle reports. “And that’s when it all started.”
The photos amazed social media users, inspiring memes and jokes. Many commented that Kienya actually looks more like 18-year-old K’Lienya and 16-year-old Kolieya’s sister than mother.
“Did their mom even age,” wondered one user, echoing the sentiments of hundreds.
“Omg you look more their age than to be the mother of these gorgeous girls,” added another.
“I saw a few of their pics before and if I didn’t read the caption I would not have known that was their mother,” commented a third.
Some claimed Kienya looks younger now than she did more than a decade ago.
“It’s amazing how you look younger now than then. #themgoodgenes,” wrote one.
Others went so far as to accuse Kienya of pretending to be the girls’ mother.
“I came across a lot of people saying, ‘She’s not the mom, she’s their sister’ or ‘She probably raised her little sisters and took them as her daughters,’ or ‘People will do anything for fame,’ meaning I’m pretending to be the mom,” Kienya said.
For the most part, Kienya, who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, says she is flattered by the comments.
“Thrilled about the meme but a bit thrown off with some of the negative comments,” she explains. “But for the most part, it was totally awesome!”
Kienya’s not the first mother to stun the internet with her youthful appearance.
Many think Liu Yelin, a 49-year-old mother in China, looks closer to 17 than 50.Strangers often mistake her son, 22, for her boyfriend.
“People are often shocked to find out I’m almost 50,” Liu, 49, told the Daily Mail.
“Whenever I went shopping and told people my real age, I often got mobbed by strangers who wanted to find out my secrets,” said Liu.
She attributes her youthful appearance to diet and exercise.
“I swim in the lake and do weight training every day,” she said. “My favorite thing is swimming outdoors in winter. When everyone was wearing down jackets, I had to strip down to my bikini and dive into freezing water. It’s a test for my will and perseverance. I often had to force myself to do it.”
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