The 23-year-old has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world with 142.5 million people.
Khaby Lame meets football star Lionel Messi at an event
Khaby Lame (22) Senegalese native living in Italy called TikTok @khaby.lame has surpassed Charli D’Amelio (18 years old) American to reach 142.5 million followers, Lame has surpassed the number D’Amelio’s 142.2 million after a war that lasted many months.
Lame – who comes from a poor background – joined the platform in 2020 after being fired from his factory job. Since then, he has received a lot of love from fans and met celebrities, been invited to lavish gala events, and scored sponsorship deals with names like Hugo Boss.
Khabane Lame has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world with more than 142.5 million fans
Lame joined TikTok in 2020 after being laid off from his factory job
Lame – whose videos mainly poke fun at other Tik Tokers – was born in Senegal and moved to Chivasso, Italy when he was just one year old. Although he was raised poor, Lame says that he is as successful as he is today because of those humble beginnings.
“Public housing is where I owe everything,” Lame told Olhar Digital last year . They educated me and allowed me to cultivate many relationships.”
In 2020, Lame was working as a machine operator at a factory in Turin but because of the pandemic he was laid off and unemployed.
His followers quickly increased thanks to his funny videos
Lame told Forbes that he started making TikTok videos later, simply because he was bored while unemployed during quarantine. He initially made videos parodying “life hack” videos created by other users, showing simple ways to do what they made complicated and prefacing it with a glare or a shrug. Lame’s characteristic is that he never says a word in his videos.
“ I came up with the idea because I saw these videos circulating and I liked the idea of bringing simplicity to it,” Lame told CNN last year . I figured out a way to reach as many people as possible, and the best way was to say nothing.”
Khaby Lame walks on the red carpet at the Canne Film Festival in the South of France in May 2022
Tik Tok star Khaby Lame (right) attends the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in May 2022
Khaby Lame quietly gestures along with singing sensation Ed Sheeran – just one of many celebrities appearing in Khaby’s videos
When the epidemic was complicated all over the world, Tik Tok became widely popular and Lame’s simple videos attracted viewers and quickly attracted tens, hundreds, thousands and then is millions of followers. Lame’s followers grew, his followers started campaigning to get him to the top of Tik Tok, creating the hashtag #KhabyToNumberOne.
And Lame’s reputation has transcended even on the phone screen. He has met celebrities such as singer Ed Sheeran, Lionel Messi and several professional football players.
In 2021, he was invited as a special guest to the Venice Film Festival, walked the red carpet of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, and earlier this year featured in the Hugo Boss #BeYourOwnBoss campaign after signing a partnership with the line fashion.
This video, in which the young Italian uses his friend Ibra to make things clear to whoever provokes him, is not the first appearance of the Milan striker. Last year he already surprised by appearing like Squid Game in Khaby’s clips.
Of course, we don’t know who scares us more, Ibra or the happy doll. What we are sure of is that Ibrahimovich will continue to fight, on and off the fields, until season 2 of The Squid Game arrives. And that at least.