Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s newest star. At 15, she’s learning to navigate fame, trolls and teenage life in the internet’s viral spotlight.
Charli D’Amelio can pinpoint the video that began her climb to stardom on the short form video app TikTok.
In July, D’Amelio, 15, posted a video duet — a side-by-side video — with another user called “Move With Joy,” in which she followed Joy’s easy-to-learn dance choreography. The video is simple and straightforward, yet it has been viewed more than 2 million times.
“Ever since then, it’s just been growing from there,” D’Amelio told NBC News.Growing is putting it lightly.
D’Amelio’s account has exploded in the last several months, with droves of her lip sync and dance videos accruing millions of views and more than 6.2 million followers. On an app where going viral is relatively easy, D’Amelio has risen above many of her peers to become a star in her own right.