Charli D’Amelio is an American dancer, TikTok celebrity, and YouTuber who is widely known as ‘TikTok’s Biggest Star.’
Charli Grace D’Amelio was born on Saturday, May 1, 2004 (age 16 years; as of 2020), in Norwalk, Connecticut, US.
When she was three years old, she started getting trained in dance and almost trained for ten years before starting her career in TikTok. She is a student at King School in Connecticut. When she got famous, she switched from regular schooling to virtual classes. She is trained in dance from Just Dance Studios, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Family & Ethnicity
She was born the second of the two children of Marc D’Amelio (a former Republican Connecticut Senate candidate, a clothing business owner, and TikToker) and Heidi D’Amelio (a photographer, TikToker, and former model). She has a sister named Dixie (a social media personality).
In January 2020, she came into a relationship with a fellow TikTok star and Hype House co-founder Chase Hudson. In April of 2020, they both announced their split.
TikTok & YouTube
On March 3, 2019, Charli D’Amelio posted her first video on TikTok in which she was seen lip-syncing alongside her friend.
In July 2019, she got famous after she posted a duet video that she did with a user called ‘Move With Joy.’
Ever since she has made TikToks of her performing dance in trending songs on the platform. The same year in October, she posted videos of Renegade dance, which gave her credits for popularising the dance. In November 2019, she joined the collaborative TikTok content house ‘The Hype House’ with her sister, Dixie.
November 2019 also saw her perform alongside Bebe Rexha at the Jonas Brothers’ concert during Rexha’s opening performance. She then held her first meet-and-greet, which attracted a crowd of about 400 people. In 2019, she signed with Outshine Talent, a talent management, with which her whole family is signed. In January 2020, she signed with the United Talent Agency. In May 2020, she left The Hype House. In September 2020, she made an account on Triller, a rival video-making platform of TikTok, after former US President Donald Trump announced that TikTok would be banned. In November 2020, D’Amelio gained 100 million followers on TikTok, becoming the first person to achieve the feat. In 2019, she started posting on her YouTube vlog channel with the first video of her first meet-and-greet. As of 2020, she has more than 8.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.
She is also a part of her family YouTube channel ‘The D’amelio Family,’ which has more than 1.2 million subscribers (as of 2020). In May 2020, Charli and Dixie (her sister) announced a podcast deal with Ramble Podcast Network. Their podcast is named ‘Charlie & Dixie: 2 Chix’ and the first episode aired on October 15, 2020.
In early 2020, she made an appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for the food company Sabra Hummus.
In July 2020, Charli and Dixie (her sister) modeled for Hollister’s ‘Jean Lab’ campaign; as a part of the campaign, they also created a TikTok dance to promote the campaign.
July of 2020 also saw Charli D’Amelio as the brand ambassador of the braces brand Invisalign and Charli and Dixie also advertised the makeup line of Morphe cosmetics called ‘Morphe 2.’ In October 2020, she partnered with mobile banking service ‘Step’ for a promotional campaign.
In August 2020, Charli and her sister released their nail polish collection with Orosa Beauty called ‘Coastal Craze.’
Charli and her sister also designed limited-edition fleece sweatshirts for Hollister in September 2020.
In 2020, she was featured in the music videos of ‘Pa’ Ti + Lonely’ by Jennifer Lopez and Maluma and ‘Baby I’m Jealous’ by Baby Rexha.
In December 2020, she published her first book ‘Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping It Real.’
Films & Television
In April 2020, she made an appearance in the ABC’s television special ‘The Disney Family Singalong;’ she was cast in “We’re All In This Together” alongside the cast of the film High School Musical (2006).
She was then seen in the television special ‘Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,’ hosted by LeBron James. In June 2020, she made her film debut with the British animated film ‘StarDog and TurboCat’ in the role of ‘Tinker’ (a mouse).
In a July 2020 interview, her sister, Dixie, confirmed that there would be a reality show on D’Amelio Family, which would be produced by Industrial Media.
Awards & Achievements
- Dunkin’ Donuts created a menu-drink ‘The Charli’ dedicated to her in 2020
- Fortune (magazine) included D’Amelio on their annual 40 Under 40 list, making her the youngest person on the list at 16 years old in 2020
- First Person to earn over 100 million followers on TikTok (in 2020)
- Fashion search engine Lyst placed her 8th on their Annual Power Dressers list in 2020
- Fashion search engine Lyst placed her on their Next 20 list with Highsnobiety in 2020
- Won Diva Dance Competition in 2019
- Won Beyond The Stars Competition
- In November 2020, Charli and Dixie (her sister) faced huge backlash for being rude to their personal chef, Aaron May, in a video posted on their family YouTube channel. The video that featured the YouTuber and beauty guru James Charles joining the family dinner of the D’Amelio’s, showed both the sisters disliking and making expression at the food made by Aaron May, as the chef described the meal. Later in the video, Charlie expressed her wish to gain 100 million followers. After the video was posted, both the sisters received harsh criticism from the people and Charli ended up losing over a million followers on her TikTok. In an Instagram Live video later that month, she said,
You can hate on me for whatever I’ve done, but the fact that all of this is happening because of a misunderstanding…I just feel like that’s not okay.”
Later, the chef also defended the Charli and Dixie in an interview, and said, Vanity Fair
Those girls are the greatest, I love them. It was all fun and games.”
- After she posted a video on TikTok in March 2020, the blogger Perez Hilton commented (on the video) that her dancing was “inappropriate” for a girl of her age. In response, Charli said that she apologizes but she was just having fun. Many came in support of Charli and condemned Perez on Twitter, which further made him take a dig at Charli as he began talking about Charli’s parents. Soon, he uploaded a YouTube video talking about Charli’s father’s January 2014 DUI charge. He even went on to comment on Charli’s relationship with Chase Hudson. When fans had enough, they created a Change.org petition asking TikTok to ban him from their platform, which gained over 188,000 signatures. Insider
- In October 2019, after she posted the video of her performing the ‘Renegade’ dance to the K Camp song “Lottery,” she was credited to popularise the dance on social media. In February of 2020, after a newspaper published an article revealing the original creator of the dance to be a 14-year-old black girl ‘Jalaiah Harmon,’ she encountered harsh criticism for not crediting Harmon. To alleviate this, she made a video with Harmon. Ever since the incident, Charli has never posted a video without giving credit to the original creator of dances she performs. Vanity Fair
- Coffee Shop: Dunkin’
- Singer: Jennifer Lopez
According to Forbes, as of 2020, her net worth is $4 million, making her the second highest-earning TikTokers. Forbes
- She is often regarded as TikTok’s biggest star, the Reigning Queen of TikTok, CEO of TikTok, TikTok’s Undisputed Ruler, and the Face of TikTok. Time The New York Times The Face The New Yorker
- Growing up, she participated in many regional and national dance competitions including Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions, NYC Dance Alliance, Beyond The Stars Dance competitions, Starpower National Talent, Diva Dance Competition, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, and Ultimate Dance Academy Dance Competition.
- According to Charli, she has suffered from an eating disorder. Charli has often talked about her experience with body shaming. While campaigning for UNICEF, she said,
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, body dysmorphia, [and] bad eating habits.”
- She also fights against her sexualization by adult men online.
- She has also shown her support to the Black Lives Matter movement, and in support of the movement, she made a TikTok video, condemning George Floyd‘s murder.
- She is also an active philanthropist. In November 2019, she donated the money earned from ticket sales of her meet-and-greet to a special needs fundraiser. In April 2020, she helped Norwalk Hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic by donated $50,000 to help secure critical supplies for the hospital’s staff. She has also partnered with UNICEF for their anti-bullying campaign, and Procter & Gamble (P & G) in their social distancing initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic (to create the #DistanceDance challenge on TikTok).
- The TikTokers Lisa Beverly and Ellie Zeiler became famous faces on TikTok because of their resemblance to Charli D’Amelio.
- She loves dogs and is often seen with dogs on her social media accounts.
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