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4chan camgirl Loli-chan grows up

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Allison Harvard, also known as Creepy-Chan, posted photos that circulated in 2005 ― the same time as Loli’s. In 2009, she finished second in the twelfth cycle of America’s Next Top Model. The judges never mentioned 4chan on the show, but they made frequent references to the 25-year-old’s “massive social media following.”

Today there are also girls like Catie Wayne, an Australian teen who became widely known as Boxxy and received more than 25 million hits on her YouTube channel after her Internet “career” launched on 4chan in 2009. She, too, monetizes her personality, by selling ads on her personal website. She even makes appearances at conventions and encourages interaction with fans, which harks back to the earliest camgirls.

Is Loli jealous of the more successful Chans? “I don’t really think I deserve to be idolized, so I’m not mad or hurt that people don’t like me anymore,” she says. “I guess my dad is right, and people only liked me because I was a little kid and they were all pedophiles. So it’s something I should never have done.”

She recently contacted the administrators at ChanSluts and had them take down most of her posts. She’s trying to erase her Internet presence and hopes to enroll at Miami Dade College and study illustration. Although the thing she likes best about herself is her physical beauty, she wants to be known for something other than her looks.

“I’ve never really given myself a shot at life,” she says.

But if Loli stops posting, she will be missed. As one anonymous poster recently lamented on ChanSluts: “Poor loli. did it to herself by being so loveable for all these years. take a puff and chill out loli. im sure everything will be fine. and if not. millions still love you.”

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