Charli D’Amelio is an American social media personality and dancer. She was a competitive dancer for over 10 years before starting her social media career in 2019, when she started actively posting content on the video-sharing platform TikTok. She quickly amassed a large following and subsequently became the most-followed creator on the platform.
- Born: May 1, 2004 in Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
- Height: 1.6 m (5′ 3″)
- Relatives: Dixie D’Amelio (sister)
Charli D’Amelio first began posting on TikTok in May 2019 with a lip syncing video alongside her friend. Her first video to gain traction, a side-by-side video (known on the platform as a “duet”) with user Move With Joy, was posted in July 2019. Since then, her content has mainly consisted of videos dancing to trending songs on the platform.
In October 2019, she gained further exposure for her videos performing a dance called the “Renegade” to the K Camp song “Lottery”. She was subsequently credited with popularizing the dance on social media, while also being falsely credited with creating the dance, and was referred to as the “CEO of Renegade” by TikTok users.
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, and began regularly crediting the creators of the dances she performed. She joined the collaborative TikTok content house The Hype House in November 2019 alongside her sister, Dixie.
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. Bebe Rexha invited D’Amelio to perform alongside her during her opening performance for the Jonas Brothers in November 2019. That same month, she began posting on her self-titled YouTube vlog channel.
In February 2020, D’Amelio 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.
For her involvement in the campaign, she was nominated for a Streamy Award for Social Good Campaign. She also became the most-followed TikTok user, displacing American social media personality Loren Gray, and the first TikTok user to earn 50 million followers.
D’Amelio appeared in the ABC television special The Disney Family Singalong during the performance of “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical in April 2020.
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. Also that month, she left the Hype House.
D’Amelio starred as Tinker in the June 2020 United States release of the 2019 animated children’s film StarDog and TurboCat, marking her first role in a feature film. That same month, she and her sister partnered with Morphe Cosmetics to launch Morphe 2, a makeup line. Charli and Dixie also launched a nail polish collection called Coastal Craze with Orosa Beauty in August 2020.
Dunkin’ Donuts offered a limited-time drink on their menu dedicated to D’Amelio and based on her “go-to” order called “The Charli” in September 2020. D’Amelio and her sister also designed limited-edition fleece sweatshirts for Hollister, released in September 2020.
She joined Triller, a rival platform to TikTok, later that month, in the midst of a potential US ban on TikTok. She also made an appearance in Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s music video for their singles “Pa’ Ti + Lonely”. D’Amelio earned a 2021 Guinness World Record for having the most TikTok followers that same month. D’Amelio starred in the music video for the Bebe Rexha single, “Baby I’m Jealous”, in October 2020. Later that month, she was nominated for three awards, including Creator of the Year, at the 10th Streamy Awards.
In November 2020, D’Amelio became the first person to earn 100 million followers on TikTok. She also earned a nomination for Social Star at the 46th People’s Choice Awards. D’Amelio released her first book, Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping It Real, in December 2020.
She was also featured in an episode of the Facebook Messenger series Here for It With Avani Gregg, and won the award for Breakout Creator at the 10th Streamy Awards. She starred in the music video for Lil Huddy’s song “America’s Sweetheart” in April 2021. In May 2021, D’Amelio and her sister co-created and became the face of Hollister’s Social Tourist apparel brand, and partnered with Simmons Bedding Company to design and release the Charlie & Dixie x Simmons Mattress.
D’Amelio starred alongside her family in the Hulu docuseries The D’Amelio Show, which premiered in September 2021. She will star with her sister in the Snap Original reality show Charli vs. Dixie.
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