Khaby Lame is now the most-followed TikToker in the world: surpassed the American TikTok star Charli D’Amelio to become the person with the most followers on TikTok last night. Charli D’Amelio had previously held this title. In comparison to D’Amelio’s 142.3 million followers, Lame now has more than 142.7 million followers.
Lame, who is located in Italy, initially gained attention through his usage of TikTok’s duet and stitch features, reacting wordlessly to TikTok’s often intricate and bizarre “life hacks.” He currently focuses mostly on uploading short clips of silent comedic sketches, which have garnered him millions of views and likes. His fan base has been growing at an exponential rate since the previous year, and in the most recent weeks, supporters have begun campaigns to propel him to the top.
It is crucial that Lame was able to ascend, unseating D’Amelio in the process. D’Amelio and her sister, Dixie, are two of the most prominent figures on TikTok. They have built a complete media brand on top of what they concede was initially an accidental rise to prominence. Their quick ascent to prominence through seconds-long dance videos has baffled individuals who are not on TikTok, and it has motivated millions of followers to attempt to accomplish the same thing. According to estimates provided by Forbes, the sisters’ income for the prior year was approximately $27.5 million.
It is noteworthy that Lame has become the most popular personality on TikTok in light of the previous concerns voiced by users of the platform regarding the treatment of producers of color, and more notably Black creators.
In the year 2020, as a response to allegations that the TikTok algorithm inhibits the content that is created by Black producers, the corporation committed to taking efforts, such as creating a diversity council and providing money to nonprofit organizations “that benefit the Black community.” Some black artists participated in an unofficial strike in 2018, citing a lack of recognition for choreographing viral dances to successful songs as their motivation. As part of the strike, they decided not to produce dances that, if created, would disproportionately favor white creators.