Before “Shang-Chi,” Simu Liu Was A Model For File Photos, And Fans Continue To Share Them On Twitter

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  • Simu Liu previously modeled for stock images before landing the role of Shang-Chi.

  • Fans recently discovered the old photos and are reacting on Twitter.

  • As a stock photo model, Liu has appeared in textbooks and advertisements around the world.

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Before becoming Marvel’s first Asian superhero, Liu was a model for stock photos and appeared in textbooks and advertisements around the world.

The images can be found on Getty using search keywords such as “Happy East Asian colleague”, “East Asian”, “businessman”, “smiling”, “cheerful” and ” coworker”.

Simu Liu was a model after being fired from his job as an accountant.

Simu Liu was a model after being fired from his job as an accountant. FATCAMERA/Getty Images

Earlier this year, fans started finding the images and sharing their reactions on Twitter.

Liu talked about some of the photos he took on a May episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

“I literally keep seeing it popping up, especially now that people are acknowledging them and posting them online,” he said. “I’ve been around the world. I’ve traveled, I’ve been in front of stores, I’ve hung out in front of gyms and been on textbook covers. It was really crazy.”

In August, Liu shared on Twitter that for at least one of the photos circulating on Twitter, he only got paid $120.

“I was paid $120 and waived all rights to them because I was in credit card debt. Now they are everywhere,” he wrote.

In 2020, Liu also opened up about her past as a stock image model on Twitter.

“I legitimately wonder if I’m the greatest stock photo model of all time. Totally independent rating, please stop buying these photos,” he wrote.

Liu also commented on a photo of himself on the cover of an accounting textbook in 2017. Before becoming an actor, Liu worked as an accountant at Deloitte.

“Call @Alanis Morissette because I just died of irony. I did a photo shoot in 2014 and it ended here. Before, I was an accountant,” he wrote.

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