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Blac Chyna Did the Mannequin Challenge While Giving Birth to the World’s Newest Kardashian

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It there is a Kardashian of the Year award for the family member who made the most stunning grab for fame and Internet attention–which now that I’ve said it, I can’t believe that award doesn’t actually exist–this year the prize would be a real upset, because it would easily go to Blac Chyna for having just orchestrated the wildest celebrity birth story in recent memory.

Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian seem like nice people, but they are relatively C-list members of the Kardashian clan, and the birth of their new baby girl should have earned little more than a “Oh, cute baby” article on blogs like this one, maybe a little more on a slow news day, or if they gave the baby a particularly unconventional name. But Blac Chyna just earned herself all the headlines, because she seriously paused mid-labor to do the Mannequin Challenge and put it on the Internet. I’ve been in labor, and the ability to stop in the middle of contractions and organize 20 people into a tableau demonstrates an impressive degree of fortitude.

The Mannequin Challenge is an Internet meme where you get a bunch of people to pose in a tableau like mannequins. It’s kind of fun, and this is definitely a November 2016 type activity. Doing the Mannequin Challenge while giving birth right now is the equivalent of doing Gangam Style in the delivery room in 2012. Or the Harlem Shake in the delivery room in 2013. (Or catching a Pokemon in the delivery room back in July.) The Internet has made us kind of weird, no?

But Blac Chyna did it! And she didn’t do a small version of it, either. The difficulty of a Mannequin Challenge is directly related to the number of people you get involved, and Blac Chyna had a ton of people in her delivery room. Her hands were held by her mother and Rob’s mother, Kris Jenner. Rob crouches between her legs like he’s going to catch a football, and he also is the weak link in this whole Mannequin Challenge because he’s grinning so hugely he’s definitely about to break character and move. But he held it together! As did the dozen or so people stationed in that delivery room, pretending to take pictures or read fetal heart monitors.

I’m personally amazed by Blac Chyna’s performance. How the hell did she hold still and stay quiet like that during active labor!? That’s legitimately impressive. It’s a bit weird, but still impressive.

After the Mannequin Challenge, the delivery seems to have proceeded as planned. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian have just brought the world its newest Kardashian, a baby girl named Dream Renee Kardashian, who was born on November 10 in Los Angeles. She is very cute, and looks as bewildered to be alive as all newborns do. She also has a ton of hair!

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