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The internet has a new craze. Who’s up for the #mannequinchallenge?

The latest internet craze has found supporters in the Obamas, the Clintons, and of course, sports and film celebrities.

more lifestyle Updated: Nov 16, 2016 07:40 IST
Ankita Rawat
Ankita Rawat
Hindustan Times
Mannequin Challenge,Michelle Obama,Adele
Michelle Obama took the Mannequin Challenge with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The internet is flooded with videos of people pretending to be mannequins. If you are still clueless about the #mannequinchallenge, here’s a lowdown.

Singers Adele and Beyonce have rocked it, Hilary Clinton took it and former first lady Michelle Obama nailed it. And, with the likes of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and actors Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez joining in, the challenge is here to stay.

So, what exactly do you have to do to take the challenge?

Well, as the name aptly describes, the challenge requires participants to stay absolutely still while holding a pose without flinching or moving. One has to freeze in the middle of whatever you’re doing and hold the pose like a mannequin, while someone documents your paused poses on a video.

In their videos, Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his abs in nothing but skintight briefs, while Clinton’s in-flight Mannequin challenge includes her looking at singer Jon Bon Jovi, who is seen holding a guitar. Varun Dhawan’s video shot with kids celebrated Children’s Day whereas Michelle’s White House video featured basket ball player LeBron James along with the team, Cleveland Cavaliers.

While there is no particular cause attached to the challenge, the social media craze has taken a political turn after filmmakers used the ‘Mannequin Challenge’ to highlight police violence against black men and women in the US. The short video gives a powerful message by showing a freeze-frame look at the police brutality, civil right issues and the Black Lives Matter movement.

We, at Hindustan Times, took the challenge. Check out the video and take the challenge now!

First Published: Nov 16, 2016 07:36 IST