Want to become a social media celeb? There’s a college degree for that


Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that.

A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame.

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From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows what you need to become a social media celeb. 

This picture taken on March 14, 2017 shows Wang Xin (C) attending a dance class at the Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang Province.  Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. They are known as "wanghong" -- literally hot on the web -- and they now represent a multi-billion-dollar industry, becoming so big that it has its own university curriculum. At Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College, classrooms for the 34 mostly female students are typically dance studios, catwalks strafed by flashing lights, and bustling makeup rooms.   / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE / TO GO WITH Lifestyle-celebrity-retail-China-internet, FEATURE by Albee ZHANG        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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