Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

14 People Who Inspired Viral Internet Memes.

Imagine what it would be like if someone used your photo every time they wanted to illustrate something funny, or outrageous? You’d become the laughing stock of humanity, and there’s nothing you would be able to do about it. Well, if you’re lucky, or unlucky enough to be one of these people, then your face has probably gone viral through these memes. Just ask these iconic faces, who were nothing but regular Joes, leading regular lives when suddenly, they became internet sensations.

Anyone who has devoted more than fifteen minutes to the internet has probably seen these memes floating around. But have you ever wondered who the people behind the memes are? Well, wonder no more because this what the people from your favorite memes look like now.

#1. Yao Ming is a retired Chinese basketball player and is the face of the oh-so popular “Pff!” meme.

Ming played for the Shanghai Sharks, but he became immortalized when someone caught this facial expression after his teammate Ron Artest walked out in the middle of an interview during a press conference in 2009.

#2. Nusret Gokce, aka Salt Bae, did something in an Instagram video that made him totally famous.

The Turkish chef who owns a chain of steak houses called Nusr-Et sprinkled salt in such a dainty and hilarious way that the internet simply couldn't handle it. But he had no idea that such a simple gesture would get turned into a meme that symbolized someone doing something sassy as heck.

#3. If you don’t know who Lavell Maurice Crawford is, then you’re not a fan of “Breaking Bad.”

When the actor appeared in season 5, episode 10, he probably never imagined that laying on a wad of cash and shouting “I gotta do it,” would become a meme that symbolized someone who just became rich instantly.

#4. A scene from the show “Her Own Destiny,” made Brazilian Renata Sorrah an unforgettable meme star.

Sorrah’s character Nazare Tedesco was deep in thought during a scene on her show. That scene was later screenshot and used to express when someone is totally lost in thought or trying to calculate some huge mathematical equation. You know, like when you're trying to do the math in your head and explain how you ended up spending $500 at Sephora when you only bought 3 items. Yikes!

Page 1 of 3