They are Gen Z’s answer to Teen Idols. These young creatives have the potential to be driven, passionate, and filled with great talent. You have probably never seen or heard of their names. You are not on TikTok, however.
These seven teens and twenty-somethings are some of the most prominent users on this video sharing site.
These TikTok celebrities, also known as “creators”, share their outfits, jokes, and makeup tutorials in short videos that last no more than three minutes. Charli, a Connecticut teenager who became famous with her dance videos that she shot from her bedroom and has now amassed more than 130 million followers, is the most popular.
TikTok has something for everybody. You can choose from ‘WitchTok,’ ‘TherapyTok, or ‘GamerTok, depending on what interests you.
It is not necessary to pick. You don’t have to choose. You can find cleaning hacks, entertaining news, and adorable dog videos on the “For You” page. It is compiled from user activity.
TikTok power gamers: KSI is a British YouTube Star; Abby Roberts is a British make-up artist who learned her skills by herself; Addison Rae is America’s TikTok queen; Texas fashion icon Wisdom Kaye; 5. London-raised fashion guru Ben Parks London-based style blogger Ambika Dhir; 7. British comedy genius Ehiz Ufuah. All content creators were invited to TikTok’s British Fashion Awards 2021. This confirmed their star status.
It has become a very addictive and engaging platform, which is why it attracts users quickly. It reached 1 billion users in October, surpassing Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The common thread that unites the top creators is the ability to find a niche. One creator specializes in Microsoft Excel hacks and another makes brand logos with hilariously poor redesigns. They connect with their target audience, communicate their unique personality or all three.
Addison Rae (21-year old US star) has earned 85.8million likes and has received a remarkable 5.55billion views across videos that she has uploaded. They range from relaxing on a yacht to cleaning her teeth.
Rae, like many other successful creators has leveraged her followers to secure big deals on the platform.
Her own line of cosmetics, Pandora jewellery is her brand and she has signed multi-picture Netflix deals worth millions.
Addison is a friend and confidante of the Kardashians. She was also one of many global TikTok celebrities who attended this week’s The Fashion Awards at The Royal Albert Hall. This confirmed their star status.
FEMAIL has a list of names to help you find them.
1. YOUTUBE MILLIONAIRE
KSI has 8.4million fans
Hitting the big time: Raised in Watford, 28-year-old KSI first found fame on YouTube where he shared videos of him playing computer games in his bedroom. He has now reached 23.6m users on YouTube, with 8.4m following him on TikTok. Pictured, KSI performs at the Team GB homecoming event in August. Right, right on the red carpet of the British Fashion Awards
Living large: KSI boasted a net worth of £16 million as of June 2020 and has been savvy with how he spends his money. He reportedly has a property empire worth an estimated £10million. In this Instagram shot, you can see him posing in super cars
Reality TV: KSI appeared alongside producer friend S-X on the 2020 edition of Celebrity Gogglebox, pictured
Making headlines: KSI squared up against rival ‘vlogger’ Logan Paul in two pay-per-view boxing matches (pictured in 2019)
Born and raised in Watford (Hertfordshire), KSI was first famous for sharing videos on YouTube of him playing computer game in his bedroom.
He has now reached 23.6 million subscribers on the platform. TikTok also boasts 8.4million users.
KSI, the real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji now shares a variety of video clips, including comedy sketches and videos of Olajide trying out fancy dress costumes.
His push in the music business is not only impressive but also inspiring. One of his songs, which he recorded with Lil Wayne, has been viewed more than 23 million times on YouTube. This number of views means that KSI may be able to earn hundreds upon thousands through brand partnerships.
KSI boasted a net worth of £16 million as of June 2020 and has been savvy with how he spends his money. He reportedly has a property empire worth an estimated £10million, made up of 12 flats and homes in affluent neighbourhoods.
He made headlines when he squared up against rival ‘vlogger’ Logan Paul in two pay-per-view boxing matches, in a deal thought to be worth £700,000.
He doesn’t shy away from showing his wealth through videos that have titles such as “The Wealth of the World”.Spending over $200,000 for a watch or ‘Buying an iPhone 24k Gold in Dubai’.
2. BEAUTY MAGASTAR
Abby Roberts (17.4m Followers)
Abby Roberts is now a beauty queen. At just 11, Abby, from Coventry was posting YouTube tutorials about make-up. With over 1.4 million likes on TikTok, she is the biggest beauty creator of that platform with 17.4 million followers. Charlotte, her sister (pictured together during a film premiere) are also TikTok stars.
Abby Roberts was 11 when she posted her first YouTube tutorial on make-up. She is now twenty-years-old. In 2019, she began posting on TikTok and is now the platforms biggest beauty creator with over 1.4 billion likes and 17.4 million followers.
Glamour spoke to this year’s Glamour and she explained how overworking is a problem and that she has her own line of beauty products. She also plans to relocate to Los Angeles to start a career in music.
She stated, “People assume that I’m a young woman and a TikToker or influencer that I’m not an entrepreneur.”
Abby Roberts was the cover girl of Glamour UK this year. She also spoke about how she rose to prominence.
I’m seeking investors and will be attending events along with 50-year old men. A 20-year old with red hair and a bright smile, I really stand out in those spaces.
Abby, who was the guest judge on Glow Up’s BBC make-up reality TV show, decided to take a year off social media following exhaustion.
She said, “I am terrible at overworking.” “I don’t know how to stop.” It was stress that caused my heart to do crazy things. This was the moment I realized that I must take some time to myself. This is what I have been doing.
Completely self-taught, Abby said she was ‘s**t’ at makeup when she started and credits YouTube for her skills. She now wants to apply the same method to make a career in music.
She continued, “I’ve done so much with make-up that I wanted to return to some childhood passions. My cousin and I used to write songs together as a child. We would then perform the songs in front of our family.
‘If I can get to where I am with makeup – I was s*** at makeup when I started, let me tell you – if I put in the same hours and dedication.
I can be a great musician. Because I wanted to help in my sessions and contribute, I learned guitar last year. I also enjoy songwriting.
3. PRINCESS OF TIKTOK
Addison Rae has 85.8m fans
Screen queen: Addison Rae (US creator), is pictured at British Fashion Awards. She’s the third-largest TiKTok name.
Support system: The influencer is close with her parents, Sheri Nicole Easterling and Monty Lopez, and her younger brothers
TikTok star Addison Rae could well serve as the poster child for ‘overnight success,’ having shot to global fame — at least among her fellow Gen Zers — in a matter of months after securing her status as one of the video app’s most popular users.
Two years ago, she uploaded her first posting on Instagram. The 21-year old has transformed from an unassuming Louisiana teenager to social media celebrity to “It Girl,” complete with brand deals and lucrative friends like Kourtney Kim Kardashian. She also received a Vogue spread, cementing her position as a Hollywood superstar.
As quickly as her star as risen, so have her earnings, with Addison — whose full name is Addison Rae Easterling — being named as TikTok highest-paid star, pulling in an estimated $5 million in earnings in just one year.
However, long before her social media success, Addison lived in Los Angeles with her family and began to pal around with celebrities like the Kardashians. She was an aspiring dancer who struggled to keep up with her family.
Addison was the son of Monty Lopez and Sheri Nicole Easterling. He was born on October 6th 2000 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Sheri Nicole was just 21 years old and had been dating Monty for a year when Addison became their first child. Sheri Nicole became a single mom after her husband divorced one year later.
Low-key: Addison, like many teenagers, began to film herself at home in Louisiana. However, unlike most, her clips have amassed millions of views
In fifth grade, she and her family temporarily moved to Texas where they lived for 2 years. Sheri Nicole was still divorcing Monty when their youngest son Lucas arrived. (Both Addison brothers took their father’s last names, Lopez. However, she keeps her mother’s maiden surname.
After Monty got a job offer he couldn’t refuse, the family returned to Louisiana — this time the northern part of the state — when Addison was about to start eighth grade. Their living room was furnished with ‘pool seats’ and they moved to an apartment.
As a teenager Addison had always been dancing and had set her sights on the Louisiana State University Tiger Girls dance team. Because she was determined to achieve her goal, Addison skipped her senior prom in order to go to tryouts.
Although she passed the first round of interviews, her heart broke and she had to be cut. She ultimately decided to go to the school, and her family moved to Baton Rouge with her to save money on room and board — but she wasn’t there for long.
Addison joined TikTok as a volunteer in July 2019. This was the summer she had just finished her first year at LSU where she studied broadcast journalism.
Mentor: Addison developed close relationships with Kourtney Kardashian and has since taken Addison under her wing. As her star rose, Addison was able to score branded merchandise, sponsored content and partnerships, such as one with American Eagle.
Netflix deal: Addison also launched ITEM Beauty, a new brand of clean makeup. It is a joint venture between Madeby and Addison. A multi-film Netflix agreement has also been signed by Addison, which is valued at millions of dollars. He’s All That was her first movie.
Forbes reported that she can recall the date on which one million people followed her, and it was October 27, 2019. People began to recognise her at campus because of her videos that featured her lip-syncing and dancing.
She recalled that her name was called when she was walking up to class. It was quite mind-blowing.
One month later she quit school. She also shared her first sponsored content article for Fashion Nova. She had already moved to Los Angeles in December 2019 to make her budding celebrity a career.
Befriending other TikTokers, she helped to form Hype House which is a collective of content creators that has its home in an LA house with the same name.
Her star rose, and she was awarded branded merchandise deals as well as sponsored content. Forbes estimated that she earned $5 Million between June 30, 2019, and June 30, 2020. These two revenue streams accounted for nearly two-thirds her total earnings.
Addison was signed to the WME talent agency in January 2020. This agency also represents her parents. She was also named as a spokesperson for American Eagle that year and featured in both digital and printed campaigns, as well as television spots.
In addition, she launched ITEM Beauty, a new line of makeup that is clean and natural. This joint venture was formed with Madeby. Her multi-film Netflix deal is worth several million dollars.
4. TIKTOK’S BEST DRESSED
Wisdom Kaye, 7.4m Followers
Fashion icon: Dubbed the ‘most fashionable guy on TikTok’ by Teen Vogue, Wisdom Kaye has gone from fashion nobody to catwalk star in less than two years. He is pictured in Instagram photos showing off his outfits
Starry night: Wisdom Kaye (Addison Rae), Wisdom Kaye (KSI) strike a pose during The Fashion Awards at The Royal Albert Hall on Monday
This month’s fashion group: Wisdom Kaye (Ann Collins), Stuart Vevers and Hari Nef attend the 2021 CFDA Awards at New York.
Teen Vogue has called Wisdom Kaye the “most fashionable TikTok guy” and he’s been a catwalk superstar for less than 2 years.
Wisom (20 years old) from Houston, Texas discovered fashion interest when he entered high school. In 2014, he wanted to be more like his peers and change the way he looked.
He stated that he was bullied for his physical appearances and believed conformity would help to reduce this. “As time went on, I began to experiment more and stopped worrying about what others thought of me. Hedi Slimane was discovered around 2018.
‘Prior to that I was familiar with his work at Saint Laurent—I just didn’t know who was behind it. I just loved the whole Saint Laurent aesthetic and I’ve tried to implement some of what he does with my style.’
The app was launched in January 2020 by Mr. A. He started the application simply by posting photos of his outfits.
Wisdom now has 7.4 million followers and a contract from IMG Models. He also has collaborations with Ralph Lauren and Dior.
Wisdom took a year off from Texas State University’s studies to pursue his growing career. In Paris, he was photographed this year walking with Balmain for Fashion Week.
‘It’s been great,’ said in an interview earlier this year. ‘I’ve gotten to do more than I ever had done, ever — go more places and see more things.’
5. FASHION GRU
FashionBoy, 299,700 Followers
Diverse inspiration: Ben, known as FashionBoy, spent his early years in London before going to a ‘military boarding school’, according the The Tab, where he found himself influenced by the fashion showcased by the international student body
Wondering who the youngest designer of couture is or what the real story behind Gucci? FashionBoy (aka Ben Park) answers these sartorial queries on TikTok.
Ben spent his childhood in London, before he went to military boarding school, as The Tab reports. There, he was influenced by international student fashion.
Since age 16, he has been interested in the fashion business and worked hard to create a designer collection.
Ben, unlike his contemporaries in fashion, didn’t just “open their cheque books”; he worked as a teenager to pay for his passion for designer clothes.
Ben entered Edinburgh University as a first-year student last year. However, it is unknown if he remains a student.
He shares all of the most recent fashion news, including a recap of the Cannes Film Festival red carpet look and deep dives on renowned designers like Alexander McQueen. Recent footage he shared from London Fashion Week FROW.
He said in an interview with TikTok: ‘TikTok has taught me more about personal style than any publication or fashion resource… [My aim is]Fashion should be less intimidating, more serious, and easier to understand. Simply put. What’s the point in fashion if we’re too scared or intimidated to enjoy it.’
6. OUTFIT INSPIRED
Ambika Dhir 118,000 Followers
Blogger in the making: Ambika Dhir, a Londoner, began sharing her clothes while she was still at 6th grade four years ago
Ambika Dhir, a Londoner, began sharing her outfits four years ago while she was still in sixth form.
Renouveau Media interview: She said that she was very fortunate that her sixth grade had a flexible dress code that allowed for freedom in what she wore each day. “Planning my outfits was an integral part of my morning routine. A few friends suggested that I create a blog.
Ambika, despite having a lower TikTok audience than some other creators on this power list has managed to secure collaborations with brands such as Selfridges and Astrid.
Who What Wear style experts identified her as someone to be on the lookout for.
Speaking on how TikTok has changed her fashion sensibilities, she said: ‘So I started up a TikTok account at the beginning of quarantine and it’s such a different place in terms of style to Instagram.
‘I think Gen Z have a really different take on fashion to Millennials and courtesy of TikTok, I’ve taken aspects of Gen Z style and incorporated it into my own.
“I now like a mix of scandi-minimalism, 90s princess-diana style fashion. I’ve also found that I can’t lounge in jeans like I used to be able to, so I caved and bought some sweatpants, and now I’m never lounging in jeans again.’
7. COMEDY TALENT
Ehiz, 1.21m followers
Cinderella story: London-born Ehiz Ufuah has had a rollercoaster two years. Ehiz Ufuah and his family lost Romford council house in east London. They were then temporarily relocated to a Travelodge. He is now a TikTok celebrity. Pictured at an event held in London’s Saatchi Gallery (left), and in Westfield Shopping Centre in July with Tallia Storm.
Jet set: This year has brought trips to Greece and Dubai, and invitations to London Fashion Week and film premieres. Pictured: Waiting to board the plane at London Heathrow, October 2009.
Ehiz, a 21-year-old Londoner from Ufuah has experienced two years of rollercoaster rides. Ehiz lost his Romford council home, which was east London in January 2020, and was temporarily relocated to a Travelodge.
Ehiz joined TikTok the following month to make a life-changing decision. His first hit was the video in which Ehiz debated whether to clean up after his mother or give it to his brothers. It was watched 750,000 times.
‘I’d only had about three followers until then,’ he told the Daily Mirror in March. My family and friends texted me to tell me they were proud of me. I couldn’t believe all the attention that video got me.’
Ehiz joined a Surrey ‘hypehouse’ as a young creator. It was a year later. These are properties that allow creators to live in a shared apartment and make their own content.
Trips to Dubai and Greece were part of this year’s itinerary. There was also an invitation to London Fashion Week, film premier and other events.
He has also been recognised in Primark and has his videos reposted by celebrity fans including Megan McKenna from The Only Way Is Essex.
Ehiz was an undergraduate drama major at Greenwich University. It is unknown if Ehiz took a break to pursue his career.
He stated earlier in the year that his main ambition is to own a house and provide for his three sisters, his brother, and his mother.