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Charli D'Amelio
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D'Amelio in 2020
Born
Charli Grace D'Amelio

(2004-05-01) May 1, 2004 (age 19)
Occupation
  • Social media personality
  • dancer
Years active 2019–present
Relatives
TikTok information
Followers 151.2 million
Likes 11.4 billion
Page Direct URL charlidamelio
YouTube information
Years active 2019–present
Genre Vlog
Subscribers 9.25 million
Total views 333 million
Subscriber and view counts updated as of September 17, 2023.

Charli Grace D'Amelio (/dəˈmɪli/ -mil-EE-oh; born May 1, 2004) is an American social media personality. She was a competitive dancer for over 10 years before starting her social media career in 2019, when she started posting dance videos on the video-sharing platform TikTok. She quickly amassed a large following and subsequently became the most-followed creator on the platform in March 2020 until she was surpassed by Khaby Lame in June 2022.

D'Amelio made her feature film debut with a voice role in the 2020 animated film StarDog and TurboCat. Since 2021, she has starred in the Hulu docuseries, The D'Amelio Show and the Snap Original reality show Charli vs. Dixie. In 2022, D'Amelio won the thirty-first season of the dance competition series Dancing with the Stars alongside Mark Ballas.

Her other endeavours include two books, a podcast, a nail polish collection, a mattress, a makeup line, a clothing line, and a multi-product company. She was the first person to surpass both 50 million and 100 million followers on TikTok. D'Amelio was the highest-earning TikTok female personality in 2019 and the highest-earning personality on the app in 2022, according to Forbes, and is often described as TikTok's biggest star.

Early life

Charli D'Amelio was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on May 1, 2004, the daughter of photographer and former model Heidi D'Amelio and business owner and former Republican Connecticut Senate candidate Marc D'Amelio. She has an older sister, Dixie, who is also a social media personality.

She began dancing at the age of three, and was a competitive dancer for over 10 years prior to starting her TikTok career in 2019.

She formerly attended the private King School in Stamford, Connecticut, but began attending school virtually following her TikTok success.

Career

2019–2021: Rise to fame and TikTok

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. D'Amelio has expressed confusion regarding her rise to popularity, telling Variety, "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." 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 incorrectly 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 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 and 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.

Later that month, D'Amelio announced her debut book, titled Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping It Real, which was released on December 1, 2020. The book was published by Abrams Books. It covered topics of identity, cyberbullying, social media, and body image as well as D'Amelio's childhood and family life. The book became a New York Times bestseller.

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. In December 2020, she was featured in an episode of the Facebook Messenger series Here for It With Avani Gregg, and also 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 Social Tourist, an apparel brand under Hollister, as part of a multi-year partnership with Abercrombie & Fitch, and partnered with Simmons Bedding Company to design and release the Charlie & Dixie x Simmons Mattress.

2022–present: Transition to mainstream media

Charli D'Amelio at KCA 2022
D'Amelio accepting her award at the 2022 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

D'Amelio starred alongside her family in the Hulu docuseries The D'Amelio Show, which premiered in September 2021. The series became the most-watched unscripted series among all first-season titles in the genre; its second season premiered in September 2022. It was renewed for a third season. The program won an MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Unscripted Series. Later that year, she starred with her sister in the Snap Original web reality competition show Charli vs. Dixie, which premiered on November 13, 2021. The series follows the sisters compete against each other in various challenges and tasks, in order to win a cash prize of US$50,000 that goes to a charity of the winner's choice. D'Amelio participated for UNICEF. Charli vs. Dixie was renewed for a second season, which premiered in November 2022.

In January 2022, D'Amelio made a guest appearance in the second episode of Netflix's Hype House, a reality series based on the TikTok collective of the same name. In March 2022, she appeared in the ABC special Step Into…The Movies with Derek and Julianne Hough; she performed opposite dancer Derek Hough in a recreation of the Dirty Dancing (1987) sequence. The following month, it was announced D'Amelio had signed to star as the lead in Village Roadshow Pictures and Ryan Kavanaugh's upcoming supernatural thriller film Home School, eyed as the first installment of a potential eight-film franchise. Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, the film is executive produced by D'Amelio's parents and her sister, Dixie. Production began in July. In May, she guest-voiced as herself in "Meat Is Murder", an episode of the animated sitcom The Simpsons. Marcus Gibson of Bubbleblabber stated that D'Amelio's role "felt forced for the sake of introducing newcomers to [TikTok]".

In August 2022, D'Amelio and her mother, Heidi D'Amelio were announced as celebrity participants for the thirty-first season of the dance competition series Dancing With The Stars, the first family members to compete against each other on the show. Charli was partnered with Mark Ballas and ultimately won the competition.

In September 2022, she and her family announced a new project, D'Amelio Brands, which would launch and operate its own brands, focused on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. The venture also announced a $6 million seed round which included Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt, Apple Senior Vice President of Services Eddy Cue, and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer as investors. The company released a footwear line in May 2023. The following month, she released her debut single, "If You Ask Me To" with an accompanying music video. The song—a piano ballad about teenage heartbreak—first premiered during the second-season finale of The D'Amelio Show. D'Amelio performed on select dates of the Dancing with the Stars Live 2023 concert tour, which spanned from January to March 2023. She co-hosted the 36th Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards with American football commentator Nate Burleson on March 4, 2023.

Other ventures

Products and endorsements

In June 2023, D'Amelio was announced as the brand ambassador of Tamagotchi Uni, a model of the Tamagotchi digital pet.

Activism and philanthropy

Following D'Amelio's meet-and-greet in November 2019, she and her family donated the money earned from ticket sales to a special needs fundraiser.

In April 2020, D'Amelio 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.

D'Amelio has openly expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement; during the George Floyd protests in 2020, she posted a video on TikTok decrying Floyd's murder.

In December 2020, D'Amelio partnered with TikTok to donate $100,000 to the American Dance Movement, an organization which helps provide access to dance education in the United States, as part of Giving Tuesday.

Personal life

D'Amelio has stated that she suffers from an eating disorder. She has also been vocal about her experiences with body shaming. In an anti-bullying campaign 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."

In December 2019, D'Amelio confirmed her relationship with Cole Chase Hudson, social media personality and co-founder of TikTok collective the Hype House. The couple broke up in April 2020. In July 2022, she started dating Landon Barker.

Filmography

Film

List of film appearances, with year released, film title and role shown
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 StarDog and TurboCat Tinker Voice role

Television (as herself)

List of television appearances, with year released, series title and role shown
Year Title Notes Ref.
2020 #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Television special
The Disney Family Singalong Television special
Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 Television special
Here for It with Avani Gregg Episode: "Have You Ever Been a Bully?"
2021 Earth Day! The Musical Web special
Celebrity Family Feud Contestant; episode: "JoJo Siwa vs. Charli and Dixie D'Amelio and Ross Mathews vs. Loni Love"
2021–present The D'Amelio Show Main role; streaming docuseries
Charli Vs. Dixie Co-lead; web reality series
2022 Hype House Guest appearance; episode: "Love and Social Media"
Step Into...The Movies With Derek and Julianne Hough Television special
The Simpsons Voice role; episode: "Meat Is Murder" (season 33)
Dancing with the Stars Winner; season 31
2023 Is It Cake? Guest judge; episode: "So Fresh and So Cake"

Music videos

List of music videos, with year released and artist(s) shown
Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2020 "Baby, I'm Jealous" Bebe Rexha featuring Doja Cat
"Pa' Ti + Lonely" Jennifer Lopez and Maluma
2022 "If You Ask Me To" Herself

Discography

Singles

List of singles with year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
US
Adult
NZ
Hot
"If You Ask Me To" 2022 33 28

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations, with organization, year, nominated work, and result shown
Organization Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
People's Choice Awards 2020 The Social Star of 2020 Herself Nominated
2021 The Social Star of 2021 Nominated
2022 The Competition Contestant of 2022 Nominated
The Social Star of 2022 Nominated
Streamy Awards 2020 Breakout Creator Won
Creator of the Year Nominated
Social Good Campaign #DistanceDance Nominated
2021 Creator of the Year Herself Nominated
2022 Creator of the Year Nominated
Lifestyle Won
2023 Creator of the Year Pending
Lifestyle Pending
Kids' Choice Awards 2021 Favorite Female Social Star Won
2022 Favorite Female Creator Won
2023 Favorite Female Creator Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards 2021 Breakthrough Social Star Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards 2021 Global Creator Nominated
List of world records, with publication, year, name of the record, and name of the record holder
Publication Year World record Record holder R. Status Ref.
Guinness World Records 2021 Most followers on TikTok Charli D'Amelio Record
First person to reach 50 million followers on TikTok Record
First person to reach 100 million followers on TikTok Record

See also

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