Woman's 'catfish' transformation goes viral on TikTok

‘This is why I have trust issues!’ Woman is dubbed a ‘catfish’ and ‘shape-shifter’ by TikTok users after showing off her incredible makeup transformation (that takes TWO HOURS to complete)

  • Julia Grandoni, from Quebec, Canada, took part in a viral trend on the app and shared a snapshot of herself glammed up for a night out in a tight black dress 
  • ‘Wow you’re so pretty!!’ she captioned the video, which then cut to her lying in bed without any makeup and lip-syncing the song lyrics ‘girl that’s not me’ 
  • The viral video has been viewed more than 12.9 million times and many people didn’t know what to think of her surprising before and after
  • Julia was dubbed a ‘catfish’ and a ‘shape-shifter’ by stunned commenters 
  • She later explained that she purposefully filmed the makeup-free portion of the video from an unflattering angle to make herself look less attractive
  • Julia insisted that she doesn’t normally wear makeup, but when she does, it takes about two hours for her to do full glam and put in her extensions  

A woman on TikTok has been dubbed a ‘catfish’ after showing what she looks like with and without makeup, and viewers can’t get over her incredible transformation. 

Julia Grandoni, from Quebec, Canada, took part in a viral trend on the app and shared a snapshot of herself glammed up for a night out in a tight black dress. Her face was perfectly made up, and her dark hair was loose around her shoulders.   

‘Wow you’re so pretty!!’ she captioned the video, which then cut to her lying in bed without any makeup and lip-syncing the song lyrics ‘girl that’s not me.’ 


Julia Grandoni, from Quebec, Canada, has been dubbed a ‘catfish’ after sharing what she looks like with and without makeup 

The viral video has been viewed more than 12.9 million times and has earned thousands of comments from people who didn’t know what to think of her surprising before and after.   

‘I’ll never date again,’ one person vowed, while another added: ‘Gotta be illegal.’ 

”This is why guys need to take girls swimming before committing to a relationship,’ someone else insisted.  

One viewer claimed, ‘This is why I have trust issues.’

‘I’m scared to meet women now,’ another agreed. 

Julia was dubbed a ‘shape-shifter’ in the comments, and some people were admittedly jealous of her transformation.  

‘My makeup doesn’t do that,’ one person noted. 

Others were more supportive and recalled times in which they weren’t recognized because they weren’t wearing makeup.  


Julia has more than 387,000 followers on TikTok, and many of her videos show what she looks like before and after she gets ready

One TikTok user called her a ‘shape-shifter’ after watching one of her videos  


Julia has shoulder-length brown hair but often wears extensions when she is getting dolled up

‘I get this. Once my neighbor came to the door and asked for my “sister.” I have NO sister!’ one woman explained. ‘She was used to seeing glammed up me not nerd me.’

‘I love that you show your face with no makeup! We need to normalize that natural is also beautiful,’ another shared. 

Someone else added, ‘That happened to me several years ago. A repair man that was in the house saw a picture of me on the mantle & asked who was that? I said it’s me!’

For Julia, it was important to embrace her natural side publicly.


Julia later explained that she purposefully filmed the makeup-free portion of her viral video from an unflattering angle to make herself look less attractive

The TikTok user has no problem revealing her makeup-free face on the platform 


Julia insisted that she doesn’t wear makeup that often and is comfortable in her own skin 

‘I decided to make this, so I could show people that I am comfortable in my own skin. To show them that I don’t need makeup,’ she told NeedToKnow.online. 

‘It’s important to show others that themselves should be comfortable in their own skin.’

Julia has more than 387,000 followers on TikTok, and many of her videos show what she looks like before and after she gets ready. 

She explained that it takes her two hours to do full glam and put extensions in her shoulder-length hair. 

Julia also opened up about the reaction to her recent viral video, explaining that she purposely filmed herself makeup-free from an unflattering angle. 


It typically takes her two hours to do full glam and put extensions in her shoulder-length hair

‘I decided to make this, so I could show people that I am comfortable in my own skin. To show them that I don’t need makeup,’ she told NeedToKnow.online of her viral video 


‘It doesn’t take much for me to look the way I usually do,’ she added. ‘I usually never wear makeup’

‘The angle I used at the end of my video was [totally] over-exaggerated, and it was to perceive that I am ugly,’ she said.  

‘The reaction was pretty good at the start, but later on people started to think [differently], how I’m just some catfish,’ she added. 

Julia insisted that she doesn’t wear makeup that often, but when she does, she can create a glam look with minimal effort. 

‘It doesn’t take much for me to look the way I usually do,’ she said. ‘I usually never wear makeup.’

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