Social media app TikTok has celebrated Khaby Lame, known on TikTok as @khaby.lame, for being the first TikTok creator in Europe and the second in the world to hit 100 million followers.
In a release TikTok, the app known for short videos, described Khaby as a 21-year-old creator who was born in Senegal and moved to Chivasso, Italy with his family when he was one year old.
Part of the uniqueness of Khaby Lame is that he speaks no words during his videos on TikTok.
He first started on the platform during a particularly difficult time in his life — Italy was in lockdown and he had just lost his job because of Covid-19.
Khaby Lame’s desire to make the most out of his situation and turn it into an opportunity to achieve his dream of making people laugh motivated him to start a TikTok page and share his first comedy videos.
With one funny video after another, his followers began to grow, and in less than 17 months, Khaby has quickly become one of the most recognized and loved TikTok creators globally as he continues to use his unique creativity and sense of humour to spread joy to a global community.
According to TikTok, “With his iconic facial expressions and use of irony in his videos, he continues to inspire us to stay true to who we are and live life with joy.”
In his response Khaby Lame, “I am honoured to have achieved this milestone, made possible by the global TikTok community. I am passionate about entertaining and making people laugh since childhood, and I am thankful to TikTok for offering me a global stage to share my passion with the rest of the world. I will continue to work towards my dreams, knowing I can count on a beautiful community ready to cheer me on. Thank you and I love you all!”
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