Tik Tok has exploded in popularity, particularly among younger Internet users. The most popular figures on social media platforms like TikTok are well beyond mega-celebrity status in the eyes of their teen fans.
These TikTok stars have millions of followers and found fame by creating short video clips lip-syncing to soundbites, showing off viral dances, and crafting comedy skits that get shared thousands of times. Even if you’ve never heard of the app, it’s worth getting familiar with. TikTok has more than 2 billion downloads, and its popularity and influence only continues to spread.
TikTok isn’t just music, although that’s certainly one of the more popular genres, anyone with talent and few tricks can become wildly famous on the social site.
If you’re looking for inspiration, for creative people to follow or just want to see what the experts are doing with Tik Tok, these are the accounts to follow.
Charli D’Amelio @charlidamelio
Is TikTok’s biggest star. After launching her channel in June 2019, the 15-year-old from Connecticut rocketed to the top of TikTok in just a matter of months through choreographed dances to viral songs. Her breakout success has led her to a spot in Hype House, a cameo appearance in a Super Bowl commercial, and a contract with a premier talent agency.
Loren Gray @Lorengray
The 16-year-old is very successful for her age. This YouTube star is successful on both platforms. With more than 45 million followers on TikTok alone, she is on the right track to TikTok fame.
Riyaz Afreen @Riyaz.14
Only 16, but has established himself as an actor and star through going viral on TikTok. He often features other popular Indian TikTok stars on his accounts, including Mr. Faisu and Aashika Bhatia.
Baby Ariel @Babyariel
Baby Ariel has 34.3 million fans on TikTok. Real name Ariel Rebecca Martin, the 18-year-old is a singer and social media master with lots of videos to her name. Time Magazine has already voted her one of the most influential people on social media and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
Addison Rae @addisonre
19-year-old Addison Easterling is known online — quickly rose to fame after joining TikTok in the summer of 2019. She’s now a member of Hype House, and regularly draws hundreds of thousands of views on videos where she dances and lip-syncs to popular songs on the app.
Kristen Hancher @Kristenhancher
The 19-year-old fashion influencer has 24.5 million followers on TikTok and 6 million followers on Instagram. She blogs about fashion and beauty while offering expert tutorials on makeup and hair as well as comedy and lip-sync videos.
Flighthouse was begun by a 19-year old called Jacob Pace and was bought by the Creative Music Group. The account shares music, videos, and remixes as well as trending TikTok artists. Its vision is to become a modern MTV using TikTok. It currently has 26 million followers.
Jacob Sartorius @Jacobsartorius
Jacob Sartorius is a 16-year-old from Oklahoma who sings and performs. He released his single “Sweatshirt”, which appeared in the Hot 100. He has 23.7 million followers on Tik Tok. He began creating as an escape from bullying and has gone from strength to strength ever since. His online popularity has turned into full tours, reminiscent of Justin Bieber in the 2000s.
Lauren Godwin @laurengodwin
She frequently produces comedic content based on life as a “normal gal going to school in Houston,” the 19-year-old told Business Insider in July. She is dating fellow TikTok star Sebastian Bails, and the two often produce prank and challenge videos together.
Chase Hudson, @lilhuddy
At 17, he has rocketed to fame as another member of the Los Angles-based creator collective, Hype House. Hudson, who goes by Lilhuddy online, is just as well known for dating Charli D’Amelio, the 15-year-old who recently took over as the most followed creator on TikTok.