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Is Ernest Khalimov AKA GigaChad a Real Man? Here's What's to Know about the Sleek'N'Tears Model

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jul 21, 2022
04:10 A.M.
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Who is Ernest Khalimov? People from all around the world are gushing over how stunningly handsome he is on the internet. Here's what we know about him.


Ernest Khalimov, popularly known as GigiChad, rose to popularity on the internet in 2017 after several social media platforms began sharing his photos featuring his jaw-dropping physique.

Khalimov, like every viral internet celebrity, shot to stardom most unexpectedly. With his symmetrical, finely toned abs and square jaw, internet fans wondered whether he existed in real life.



Khalimov is a real person, and he exists. He has an Instagram account named "@berlin.1969," with approximately 30 posts and 1 million followers.

He likes sharing professional photos of his muscular physique, which is often noted as a "product of CGI." To complement his online material, he also uploads unedited photos, proving to his online users that he is the polar opposite of who they assumed he was.

While his Instagram handle is named after the capital city of Germany, Khalimov is reportedly from Russia and works as a fitness trainer. No one knows his exact age because of his age-defying appearance.


However, according to various accounts, the handsome model is between the ages of 22 and 52. Despite his undetermined age, it's important to mention that he is a man who enjoys maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.

In addition to working as a fitness trainer, Khalimov is a model for Sleek 'N' Tears, a photo project highlighting toned athletic men and women, which is one of the primary reasons he became famous.

Khalimov's stunning photographs may have appeared in October 2017, but they were first published in 2015 by Russian photographer Krista Sudmalis.


Another reason he became renowned is because of Khalimov's nickname, "GigaChad." The word "chad" is reportedly a euphemism for confident men or attractive guys.

Due to his ultra-masculine figure, Khalimov's famous moniker, another term for "ultimate man," has become a meme on multiple occasions. Despite being teased, the Russian bodybuilder has turned it into a business.

Khalimov opened an online store called "gigachad.army," where he sells T-shirts and sweatshirts as his popularity continues to increase. He occasionally signs his photographs with encouraging messages.


While some think his physique is real, others still question whether his appearance has been cleverly edited. He previously addressed the assumptions regarding his identity. In his lengthy Instagram message, he wrote:

"I don't have Twitter, Facebook or anything else. I like the memes you make. I don't know much about it, but yes, I'm just like you, maybe a little bigger."

Instead of revealing his age, Khalimov updated his supporters on his height, stating that he stands 197 centimeters, or roughly six feet and five inches tall.



Many of Khalimov's fans are curious about his romantic life. His supporters assumed that he was dating Sudmalis primarily because they were often seen in his photographs. Khalimov shared Sudmalis's airplane selfie featuring him.

When Khalimov shared a photo with Sudamlis on his Instagram account with simply a black heart image as the caption, relationship rumors immediately sparked around them. On the other hand, the alleged couple seems to be nothing more than business colleagues.


Sudamlis, according to her Instagram profile, is the creator of Sleek 'N' Tears and co-owns a clothing company alongside Khalimov. Despite this, the stunning photographer has her eyes set on another man.

Sudmalis is presently in a relationship with model and bodybuilder Valentin Babaev. It is not known when they first started dating; however, based on Babaev's affectionate description of Sudmalis as his "wife," it seems they had been dating for quite some time.

She and Babaev seem inseparable, as she often posts adorable images of them on Instagram. On one of his Instagram Stories, Babaev re-posted a black-and-white photo of Sudmalis inside a vehicle with a remark.

Valentin Babaev's message to Krista Sudmalis on Instagram Story. | Source: Instagram/@valentin_babaev

Valentin Babaev's message to Krista Sudmalis on Instagram Story. | Source: Instagram/@valentin_babaev

Even though Babaev's message is in the Russian language, the translation reads: "Dear tiktokers, don't bite my wife anymore; she has too much energy:D."

Other great bodybuilders like Babaev and Khalimov have become internet celebrities due to their extraordinary physiques. Ruby Carter-Pikes, a 70-year-old great-grandmother from Mississippi, is one of them.

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