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Khabane Lame overtakes Charli D’Amelio as world’s most followed TikTok star






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Senegalese comedian, Khabane Lame has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world.

 

The 22-year-old who posts under the name @khaby.lame surpassed the American star on Thursday, June 23.

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The 18-year-old dancer has 142.2 million followers, while Khaby jumped to 142.5 million overnight.

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The Italy-based star joined the platform in March 2020 during the pandemic.

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After joining the platform in 2019, Charli had become the most followed account with her viral dance routines.

 

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By 2020 she had got over 100 million fans.

 

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TikTok stated, “In less than 18 months, Charli has grown into one of the most recognized and beloved TikTok creators in the world.

 

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“While we’re extremely proud of Charli and all that she has accomplished since she shared her first TikTok video in May 2019.”

 

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TikTok also announced it would be donating $100,000 in Charli’s name to American Dance Movement, an organisation aimed at increasing access to dance education in the US.

 

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In March 2020, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Khabane lost his job and moved back in with his parents.

 

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He capitalized on the lockdown and set up a TikTok account and quickly climbed his way to the top of the platform.

 

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Speaking to Forbes the star said: ‘The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands so I started making videos on TikTok.’

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