Charli D'Amelio: Meet TikTok's Record-Breaking Star
Last month, Charli D'Amelio became the first person ever to top 100 million followers on TikTok, making her one of the most famous influencers worldwide. Get to know the highly-influential American teenager who's dominating TikTok here!
TikTok star Charli D'Amelio is only 16 years old, but she's already amassed a staggering social media following. At the end of November, she became the first person in the world to reach more than 100 million followers on TikTok—the short video-sharing service.
Charli D'Amelio: How she became TikTok's 100 million star
D'Amelio's internet career actually began less than 18 months ago. In May 2019, she released her first short clip, a lip-sync video on TikTok. That video and many more have since gone viral.
As of December 2020, she has 102 million followers and over 8 billion likes on her videos. Charli is also quite popular on Instagram as a result: she has over 34 million followers on the platform.
Her dance videos in particular are well received by her followers. The 16-year-old receives plenty of recognition for her talents, but she's also not spared from the critics. In particular, some have voiced concerns about the suggestiveness of certain videos and dances by the teen — but she's none too concerned.
Charli D'Amelio: Crazy Facts You Didn't Know Before
Since she regularly raves about Dunkin' Donuts in her videos, Charli got an advertising deal with the restaurant chain—where a drink was even named after her. D'Amelio was also seen next to Jennifer Lopez in a Super Bowl clip where she and the singer performed a TikTok dance challenge.
Charli's older sister Dixie D'Amelio, 19, is also famous. She has several million followers of her own on social media. Together, the sisters are among the top-earning TikTok stars.
Before her career really took off, the young influencer lived in Norwalk, Connecticut, but she has since moved to Los Angeles with her family. Here's a compilation of her most popular videos, in case you've missed out so far.
With 100 million followers, D'Amelio is TikTok's top star. But she's still got a little ways to go to catch the top social media stars overall: Dwayne Johnson recently became only the third Instagram user to reach the 200 million mark, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Ariana Grande had done so first.