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Senegalese-born Khaby Lame becomes the most-followed TikToker

Senegalese-born TikTok star Khaby Lame is currently the most-followed TikToker.


Liam dethroned Charli D’Amelio (Most followed since 2020) after reaching 142.5 million followers on Thursday night

Posting under the TikTok username @khaby.lame, Lame surpassed D’Amelio’s 142.2 million fans.

Khaby Lame is a 22-year-old wordless comedian who grew up in Italy after moving to the European country at age 1.

TikTok started after he lost his factory job in 2020, and he ended up becoming a sensation. He gained popularity for his humorous videos which consisted of him mocking other TikTok videos, especially life hacks without saying a word.

“I came up with the idea because I was seeing these videos circulating, and I liked the idea of bringing some simplicity to it,” Lame said to CNN last year, “I thought of a way to reach as many people as possible. And the best way was not to speak.”

His real name is Khabane Lame, and has for the past years gained a following, which has seen him become the brand ambassador for fashion brand Hugo Boss. He also has other sponsorship gigs and has been seen meeting other famous personalities and attending glamorous events.

Khaby Lame becomes the most-followed TikToker
Khaby Lame becomes the most-followed TikToker || Credit: @Khaby00/Instagram

The majority of Lame’s videos rack up millions of views, with his most popular TikTok video boasting more than 300m views.

Khaby Lame comes from a humble background as his parents moved to Chivasso, Italy when he was aged one. He hasn’t forgotten his roots despite the rise and believes his current success is because of that.

In 2020, Lame was working as a machine operator at a factory in Turin, northern Italy. As the pandemic swept through the country, Lame was laid off.

He told Forbes that making Tik Tok videos was a way of fighting the boredom of being unemployed during the lockdown.

“The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands so I started making videos on TikTok,” he said.

In his more recent videos, Lame has continued to stick to comedy but has broadened his methods by introducing both friends and costumes into his videos.  

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