Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers, thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity.

Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

The Chinese app MyIdol lets users take a photo of themselves and create a customized animated avatar that can do anything from strutting the catwalk to belting “Let It Go” on an icy throne. The app caught the attention of U.S. celebrities last week and has been climbing the download charts at light speed—it’s now the No. 1 free app in the App Store.

Apps such as Meerkat have struck download gold in recent months, but MyIdol is an anomaly in its ability to transcend language and culture. The app is currently only available in Chinese, but that hasn’t stopped users from playing around on its intuitive interface and working their way through it. English-language guides have cropped up, but some users think the confusion is all part of the fun.

As society gets ever more connected and global, and communication becomes increasingly visual, watch for more examples of entertainment that goes beyond the barriers of language.

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