If you’re a fan of #followmeto on Instagram, you’ll no doubt have fantasied about mocking up your own homage to the runaway success series. But now there’s no need for imitations, as the world’s most romantic and well-travelled couple invites fans to join them for an en masse Follow Me photo at Hong Kong’s Habour City this Saturday (May 24th).
Murad and Nataly show some love (and their faces) on a Hong Kong vintage tram
Russian sweethearts Nataly Zakharova and Murad Osmann achieved world-wide fame without ever showing their faces. Taking photographs in some of the world’s most exotic and recognisable locations in their Follow Me series, the enchanting woman seen only from behind and the outstretched hand of her trailing companion captured the hearts of Instagrammers across the globe.
Having already graced Hong Kong with their presence once before, the couple are now back at special invitation of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Since arriving in the city on Monday, they’ve been busy setting up their signature snaps on junk boats, at The Peak and at the Big Buddha, but still have a whole host of inner city and outer island locations on their itinerary.
On their last Hong Kong visit
We caught up with the couple during a media photo shoot atop one of Hong Kong’s open air vintage trams. Explaining that this time they want to visit some of the territory’s little-known secrets as well as its main tourist sites, Nataly – who is just as beautiful from every angle as she is from behind – said, “There are so many wars, and so many bad things happening in the world, we just want to show something good and tell people about love and beautiful places.”
The first Follow Me photo was taken while the couple were on holiday in Barcelona in 2011. Annoyed by Murad’s refusal to look anywhere but his camera lens, Nataly grabbed him by the hand and dragged him in her direction. Although it did little to take his finger off the shutter button, it certainly got Nataly more attention, as from that moment she became the focal point of a beautiful project of ever-growing proportions.
Sporting everything from tracksuits to teeny-weeny bikinis and elaborate backless ball gowns, the glamorous journalist has now led Murad to dozens of enviable locations, from Monaco to Miami, Singapore to Istanbul, and everywhere in between.
When asked if he was surprised by the success of the series, Murad told Localiiz, “It’s a passion project for us. We didn’t expect it to have such a huge viral effect and we actually don’t know why it happened, but we’re really happy about it.”
If you want to see this loved-up couple in real life, they’ll be hosting a special meet and greet with fans at Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal car park at 3pm this Saturday, May 24th. Come along, see the romance up close, and become part of the project with a huge #followmeto and #discoverhongkong group selfie.
Check back on Localiiz next week to see photos from their trip.
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