Khabane “Khaby” Lame, the silent TikTok star, has surpassed Charli D’Amelio to officially become the most popular TikTok star with a whopping 142.8 million followers.
According to the New York Post, Khaby Lame was named the world’s most popular TikToker on Wednesday, with 142.8 million followers. The massive number of followers outnumbers the 142.3 million followers of American sensation Charli D’Amelio.
Lame, who is known for his silence and letting his facial expressions do all the talking, has yet to comment on the achievement. He began working on Tiktok in 2020 after being laid off from his job as a machine operator at the start of the pandemic.
“The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands, so I started making videos on TikTok,” Lame told Forbes in March.
Khaby, who was born in Senegal in 2000 and raised in Italy, now resides in the northern city of Turin and sees himself as a comedian and social media influencer. He remains silent in his videos and relies on visual humor to entertain viewers all over the world.
The 22-year-old is still learning English, but he enjoys making people laugh without using words or commentary. “I would describe myself as a simple person but full of ideas and inspiration,” Lame explained. “Making people laugh has always been my biggest passion in life.”
While Lame’s videos appear simple in context, he puts a lot of thought into their concepts and message. “Every day, I spend at least three hours looking for the right video to parody,” he shared. “I always try to be careful to not offend anyone with my videos, and I always prefer to joke with light-hearted parody.”