Charli D’Amelio: TikTok’s biggest star

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Charli D’Amelio: TikTok’s biggest star

SOCIAL MEDIA • PORTRAIT

16-year-old Charli D’Amelio has found social media fame with her dancing and authenticity.

By Aletta Rochau

1 It was the summer of 2019 when Charli posted the video. A simple dance clip, 15 seconds long. On one side of a split screen is Charli D’Amelio in a room of her house in Connecticut. She’ll be heading off to a summer dance camp a few minutes later. On the other side of the split screen is a woman named Joy. Joy is doing one of her easy dances for people to dance along with on the video-sharing app TikTok. “Step, step, flip, flip … hands go up, hands go down, move your booty all around”,  Joy says, and Charli dances along. Charli smiles, the video stops. After quickly posting it on her own TikTok account, she goes downstairs, gets into the car with her mother, and heads off to dance camp. By the time she arrives at the camp 90 minutes later, her post has gone viral.

2 One year on, and Charli’s TikTok duet with Joy has been watched about 7 million times and has more than one million likes. Charli, who first posted on TikTok in May 2019, has been dancing since she was three years old and started doing dance competitions at the age of five. Now she is the most-followed person on the video-sharing app.

Vocabulary

0–1 to find fame Ruhm erlangen — authenticity Authentizität — split screen geteilter Bildschirm — to head off to … sich auf den Weg machen zu … — to dance along mittanzen — step Schritt — flip h.: kurze Handbewegung — booty (AE, coll) Po — to go viral rasend schnell bekannt werden

2 one year on ein Jahr später — dance competition Tanzwettbewerb — most-followed person P. mit den meisten Followern

 

 

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