The former industrial worker who produces a worldless reply TikTok has now surpassed Charli D’Amelio in terms of followers.
So far, it’s been a successful reign. Charli D’Amelio has finally lost her number one status on TikTok, where she rose to fame via her dancing videos. Khaby Lame, a Senegalese 22-year-old who rose to celebrity mostly via his dialogue-free TikToks ridiculing “life hack” movies, is the world’s new most-followed TikToker.
Lame, whose handle is @khaby.lame, joined TikTok after being put off from his manufacturing job in 2020. His deadpan replies to self-help films became popular throughout the outbreak. On June 23, Lame surpassed Charli D’Amelio’s 142.2 million followers.
Lame’s rise from modest origins has been aided by his TikTok stardom. Lame was born in Senegal and relocated to Chivasso, Italy, when he was one, where he grew up in poor housing. Now, the comedian has endorsement relationships with businesses like Hugo Boss and has been seen with celebrities like Ed Sheeran. Lame attributes his accomplishments to his background. “I owe everything to public housing,” Lame remarked in an interview with Olhar Digital. “They educated me and enabled me to form numerous friendships.”
Lame was working as a machine operator at a factory in Turin in 2020 when the epidemic struck. Lame was laid off once the plant was closed down. To pass the time, he downloaded TikTok and began shooting videos. He gravitated toward satirising the platform’s famous “life-hack” films, playing out simpler methods to do what the TikToks were attempting. It was his lack of words that made his appeal so widespread.
“I came up with the concept because I saw these films floating around, and I loved the notion of putting some simplicity to it,” Lame told CNN. “I devised a strategy to contact as many individuals as possible. And the best way was to remain silent.”