16-year-old Charli D'Amelio from the US has earned spot in the Guinness World Records 2021 by being the most followed person on TikTok. She is also the most followed female in TikTok.
D'Amelio has over 101 million followers on the short-form video platform, according to Guinness World Record.
In April of 2020, she also became the first person with 50 million followers on TikTok and now holds the record for the first person to reach 100 million followers on TikTok, which she achieved on 22 November 2020.
The record holder for the most followers on TikTok (male) is Zach King (US), who had 42,023,513 followers as of 30 April 2020 and now has over 53 million.
Charli first joined TikTok when her friends asked her to help them learn different TikTok dances.
Since Charli has a background in competitive dance, her friends knew she could easily help them learn the dance moves.
Charli then began creating her own TikTok content and posting her own dance videos including her first "viral" hit. She posted a duet with the TikTok account @move_with_joy, an account which focuses on celebrating different body types and abilities within dance. This duet video then started to gain traction on TikTok's For You Page, which is a recommended feed of curated videos selected by TikTok for each individual user.
Her follower count just kept on growing and she quickly started to gain followers by the million, hitting various milestones along the way. Her account has continued to grow, and includes posts of Charli creating her own dances, learning trending ones and some including her older sister Dixie D'Amelio.
As Charli's following on TikTok grew, she has been able to expand her platform significantly to not only highlight her impressive dance skills but shed light around cyber bullying and other important causes.
Charli recently had a signature drink added to the Dunkin Donuts menu called "The Charli", starred in a Superbowl commercial, and secured partnerships with Hollister, Morphe Makeup, Oroso Beauty and even participated in cool magic tricks with David Blaine.