Khaby Lame, a wordless comedian, has surpassed all other TikTok stars in terms of global followers.
Lame, 22, overtook North American influencer Charli D’Amelio, who had had the top slot since 2020 when she hit 142.5 million followers on Thursday night.
After a protracted follower war lasting months, Lame, posting under the TikTok handle @khaby.lame, managed to surpass D’Amelio’s 142.2 million followers.
The social media sensation, who was raised in Italy but was born in Senegal, used to work at a factory. After losing his job, he joined the platform in March 2020. Khaby Lame is his true name.
With his humorous, wordless movies that mostly feature him silently ridiculing other Tik Tokers, especially those who advise “life hacks,” Lame rapidly became well-known on the app.
His TikTok page is captioned, “If you want to laugh, you’re at the perfect place.”
Despite his modest beginnings, Lame has made friends with the powerful over the course of his two-year TikTok career. He has also attended glitzy events and earned rich endorsement deals with brands like Hugo Boss.
Most of Lame’s videos receive millions of views, and his most well-liked TikTok video has received over 300 million views.
Lame migrated to Chivasso, Italy at the age of one from Senegal, a country in West Africa, where he was born.
Lame claims he is grateful for everything he has because of his roots, despite growing up in poverty and residing in social housing with his parents.
Lame admitted to Olhar Digital last year that he owed everything to the public housing system. They gave me the knowledge and gave me the chance to form many relationships.
Lame was employed as a machine operator in a factory in Turin, northern Italy, in the year 2020. Lame lost his job as the disease spread throughout the nation.
He admitted to Forbes that creating Tik Tok videos helped him get over the lockdown’s monotony while he was jobless.
The pandemic had just begun, and since I had plenty of free time and was bored, I started posting movies on TikTok, he claimed.
Lame started making movies in which he would parody other users’ “life-hack” videos by carrying out straightforward solutions to problems they made complex and finishing it with an envious look or a shrug.
As Lame explained to CNN last year, “I thought of a way to reach as many people as possible since I was seeing these movies spreading and I loved the concept of bringing some simplicity to it. The best strategy was to remain silent.
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Lame has stuck to comedy in his more recent videos, but he has expanded his techniques by including both pals and costumes.
One supporter commented, “You’re number one,” and another, “You did it, you passed Charli.”
Some others expressed how Lame has motivated them to produce material, while others referred to him as the “new king of TikTok.”
One user commented, “You’re now on top bro.” “Thank you for showing countless numbers of people that everything is possible.”
With Will Smith as a fan, the TikTok kingpin has his sights set on making a movie together in the future.