Charli D Amelio is an American social media personality and dancer. She was born on May 01, 2004, and her birthplace Norwalk, Connecticut, United States. Her height is about 5′ 7”. She was a competitive dancer for over 10 years before starting her social media career. Charli is the first person to earn both 50 million and 100 million followers on TikTok and was the second-highest earning TikTok personality in 2019 according to Forbes. She is often described as TikTok’s biggest star.
Charli Grace D’Amelio in Norwalk, Connecticut to Marc D Amelio, a former Republican Connecticut Senate candidate and business owner, and Heidi D Amelio, a photographer and former model with an older sister, Dixie D’Amelio.
Charli began dancing at age 3 and was a trained competitive dancer for over 10 years prior to starting TikTok.
She has also been vocal about her experiences with body shaming. In an anti-bullying campaign for UNICEF, she shared, ”Some of the most hurtful comments that I read about myself online are…about my body shape, my body type, which hits close to home because I struggled a lot with body image, and bad eating habits”.
D’Amelio has expressed confusion regarding her rise to popularity. In an interview with Variety, she said, ”I consider myself a normal teenager that a lot of people watch, for some reason, it doesn’t make sense in my head, but I’m working on understanding it”.
D’Amelio has openly expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and, during the George Floyd protests, posted a video on TikTok decrying the death of George Floyd.
In April 2020, she donated $50,000 to Norwalk Hospital in her hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut, to help secure critical supplies for the hospital’s staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In December 2020, she partnered with TikTok to donate $100,000 to the American Dance Movement, an organization that helps provide access to dance education in the United States.
D’Amelio first began posting on TikTok in May 2019 with a lip-syncing video alongside her friend.
In October 2019, she gained further exposure for her videos performing a dance called the “Renegade” to the K Camp song “Lottery”, and was subsequently credited with popularizing the dance on social media.
Following a New York Times profile of dancer Jalaiah Harmon revealing her as the original creator of the dance, D’Amelio received online backlash for not crediting Harmon, which prompted her to begin regularly crediting those who created the dances she performs.
In late 2019, former Sony Music executive Barbara Jones signed D’Amelio to her management company, Outshine Talent, and in January 2020, she signed with United Talent Agency along with the rest of her family.
Singer Bebe Rexha invited D Amelio to perform alongside her during her opening performance for the Jonas Brothers in November 2019.
In February 2020, she appeared in a ”Super Bowl” commercial for Sabra Hummus along with other celebrities.
In March 2020, she and her sister partnered with UNICEF for an anti-bullying campaign, while she also made an appearance in the Nickelodeon television special KidsTogether The Nickelodeon Town Hall, hosted by Kristen Bell.
That same month, she partnered with Procter & Gamble to create the #DistanceDance challenge campaign on TikTok with the goal of encouraging social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which garnered praise from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
In May 2020, D Amelio and her sister announced a podcast deal with Ramble Podcast Network, and both were included in the celebrity lineup for the television special ”Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020”, hosted by LeBron James.
D’Amelio made her feature film debut with a voice role in the 2020 animated film StarDog and TurboCat and will star in the Hulu docuseries The D’Amelio Show in 2021.
Forbes published a report in August 2020 revealing that D’Amelio earned $4 million in the year prior from her numerous sponsorship deals and merchandise, making her the second highest-earning TikTok star behind Addison Rae.
In November 2020, D’Amelio became the first person to earn 100 million followers on TikTok and earned a 2021 Guinness World Record for having the most TikTok followers.