With 142.4 million followers on Tik Tok, Khaby Lame is now the most followed tiktoker in the world. Charli D’Amelio (142.2 million) was overtaken this morning.
The 22-year-old Senegalese creator who grew up in Chivasso, Turin, is best known for his silent videos. Since this morning, Xabi Lam has outdone D’Amilio, who until recently was the queen of social media, who along with her sister heads an empire that generates tens of millions of dollars a year.
The popularity of Xabi Lam started in 2019 during the COVID pandemic. At the time he was living in the Borgo Sud Est district of Chivasso, in a public house: the ATC residence on via Togliatti. He lived here until a year ago, when his popularity began to grow.
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Born in Dakar, Senegal, he began working as a CNC machine operator at a factory in Turin, before being fired in March 2020.
Shot down as a victim of the pandemic, he invented his own silent videos for fun: being without words made those short, lightning-fast films universal, capable of making people from every nation smile. Within a few months, his humor, lightness and irony, reminiscent of the lightness and melancholy of Buster Keaton, managed to conquer major Italian influencers, separating millions of such huge fans as Chiara Ferragni and Gianluca Vacci.
Thus, what started as a game has turned into a more than profitable job. And the culmination of his irresistible ascent, which now comes from numbers, has been in the air for some time: at the Cannes Film Festival, he was not chosen by chance as a juror in the new section dedicated to Traders. He liked the red carpet so much that he announced a new project: throwing himself at the cinema.