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TikTok is the weapon of choice for Gen-Z when it comes to social media. The platform has really come to its own thanks to the creative minds of today's youth. On it, you can see countless people dance, lip-sync, and produce comedy skits, all for a shot at fame. Millions and millions of people watching these videos every day! Yong stars are making millions in brand partnerships, donations, and more along the way too! Here's a list, in no particular order, of TikTok's top-earning new breed of internet stars!
If you're one of those who loves to watch YouTube vlogs, then you probably already know Brent Rivera. This young man has been at it since 2012 and has amassed 14 million subscribers there. On TikTok, things have only gotten better for him. Brent's fun videos have earned him 35 million followers.
Another one of Tiktok's 19-year-old prodigies is Avneet Kaur. This Indian content creator started to gain popularity when she became a contestant in an Indian reality dance competition. From there, she became an actress and choreographer. Before Tiktok got banned in India, she gained 22.6 million followers and worked with brands like Tide Ultra.
Liza Koshy is definitely the embodiment of the digital age's new kind of celebrity. For those in the know, Liza Koshy has been a star since about 2013 during the days of Vine. Yep, Vine! Went that precursor to TikTok went belly up, she was one of the few who was able to transition to YouTube with great success. She's used that success to be huge on Tiktok as well with 25.9 million followers to add to her hundred million across all her platforms. Oh, and did we mention she's hella funny?
Noah Beck is a TikTok star with 23.5 million followers. Guess what? He's also 19-years-old. He was named one of TikTok's top creators of 2020. He recently joined forces with other content creators and is part of Sway House. He's also a former Division-1 soccer player and known for looking great and making funny content.
Tony Lopez has over 20 million followers on TikTok. He is 21-year-old and rose to fame with his older brother Ondreaz Lopez, who you'll learn about in just a bit, through their dance videos. He joined popular content creator collective, Hype House, but had to leave because of some controversy brought up by Tweets he made in the past.
Ondreaz Lopez is the 23-year-old brother of Tony Lopez. As mentioned earlier, he gained popularity thanks to dance content in TikTok. However, apart from his sick dance skills, Ondreaz is also a singer. He released a single titled "No Baila" in 2020. He currently has 22 million followers on Tiktok.
Loren Gray has 50.2 million people in her corner of TikTok. She first started to post in the app's predecessor, Musical.ly, when she was only 13. Now, she frequently posts lip-dubbing trends and viral dance challenges in the app that garnered nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and People's Choice Awards.
Junya or the user named @junya1gou is one of the funniest guys on TikTok. He is known for his variety of wild comedy videos featuring ridiculous stunts and dances generally coming out funny. He has 23.3M followers earned through the app. He started to appear posting in mid-2019. The most unusual thing about him is that despite his millions of followers, he's still unverified.
@domelipa or Dominik on TikTok is a 19-year-old Mexican Tiktok star. She posts almost all of her content in Spanish and is one of the most popular content creators in this space. She hails from Monterrey, Mexico, and began her influencer journey in 2018 through Musical.ly. Dominik has 23 million followers on TikTok alone.
Priyanka Mongia or @piyanka_mongia is one of India's biggest Tiktok stars. She has 22.7 million followers on the platform. At just 23 years old, the TikToker was one of India's most popular stars on the app. She is famous for her predominately lip-sync and dance videos. She still holds a lot of social media real estate having millions of followers on Instagram and YouTube as well.
Everybody loves family-friendly content and this proves to be true with WigoFellas. gained popularity through posting pranks that he pulls on his family plus the occasional Tiktok staples like lipsync and dances videos. The quarantine must have given them a lot of time to make content together as Wigo's account has 21.7 million followers.
Kody Antle has gained 21.4 million followers under the username @kodyantle by posting videos from the Myrtle Beach Safari, which frequently feature tigers and exotic animals. His father appeared on "Tiger King," Netflix series. But he was already a rising internet star by then. He joined the platform in September 2019.
Naim Darrechi became really famous through the music video for his song "Escápate." He first started to appear on Musical.ly in 2016, which is what TikTok was before. He is also a member of the creator collective Privé Crew with an earning of 22.1 million followers. Plus, he's incredibly handsome.
JeanCarlo León or more commonly known by his TikTok and Instagram username @jashlem has 21.8 million people following him on Tiktok. He began his journey to internet fame with Musical.ly in 2017. He has endeared fans with his vlogs, dance skills, and creative lip-syncs. He is also a member of the creator collective Privé Crew.
Jayden Croes is one half of the Croes Bros. They grew up in Aruba, where they define life as pure and simple. Then, they started to grow their fanbase when they posted videos on Musical.ly beginning in 2015 and they've come a long way since then. Once they were boys, now they're full-grown men and very attractive ones at that! Just ask one of Jay's 23.3 million followers.
Rodrigo Contreras is another Latin blooded star of Tiktok. He is a 21-year-old Mexican TikTok star that started posting lipsync videos when it was still Musical.ly. Now, he's a pretty big thing thanks to the 24 million followers his account currently boasts. His primary content is still all about dance and lip-sync videos.
Josh Richards is an 18-year-old TikTok star that is one of the six living in Sway LA content house. It is a rented house in Los Angeles designed for its creators to easily engage in content collaboration and video production. With that, he's worked hard to get himself 23.7 million followers through his posts in TikTok.
Beauty Khan was considered one of India's most popular TikTok stars prior to the ban in India. She has a total of 21.5 million followers earned through her dancing and lip-syncing content. Her account remains one of the most popular based on her follower count in the app. She's transitioned to YouTube and Instagram with nearly half a million and 1.9 million followers respectively.
This pretty lady looks like a real-life Bratz doll. Kristen Hancher is a 21-year-old Canadian girl who gained a huge following thanks to her creative lip-syncing videos featuring dozens of hair color changes. In 2019, joined the Jake Paul-led influencer collective, Team 10, but left the group later on. As of writing, she has 24.7 million followers on the platform.
19-year-old Joe Albanese got famous because of his breakdancing skills and an assortment of colored wigs clips. He first uploaded a video on TikTok way back in December 2018. From there, he has become one of the app's most-followed stars. Gathering up an audience of 26.7 million by frequently posting featuring members of his family focusing on dance and comedy.
Nisha Guragain is another Indian internet sensation that capitalized on the then-growing trend of recording lip-syncs. Now, this 22-year-old is already a bit name in Indian social media. While she was on TikTok, she managed to earn herself a following of 28 million strong! Even after leaving Tiktok, she's still doing well with over 3 million followers on Instagram.
Savannah Labrant with her husband Cole and their two children is a widely known family on social media. Her husband is a former Vine star known as part of a dancing trio dubbed "Dem White Boyz." Before being popular in TikTok, the couple already had a YouTube channel with more than 10 million subscribers. They also feature their 6 and 7 months old babies with each having Instagram followings of over 1 million. The family has 23.7 million followers on TikTok to add to their beefy audience numbers.
Awez Darbar is known for his original choreography that turn into viral hits. During his time on the platform, Darbar's entertaining originals gained him a following of 26 million. Good thing his Tiktok took off, as his fame has allowed him to garner a YouTube subscriber count of over three million. That's a lot of ad revenue!
Jacob Sartorius is another TikTok start that got his start on Musical.ly. The 16-year-old managed to launch a mildly successful career in music thanks to his popularity on the platform. He was also in a much-publicized relationship with "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown that put his name up front and center on tabloids. This star has 24 million followers on the app.
Arishfa Khan has been a Bollywood celebrity since she was 8 years old. Now, she's 17 and has 28.6 million following her TikTok account. From that, she has also ventured into other content like beauty and makeup-centric YouTube channels. She also features fellow TikTok star Lucky Dancer.
What is it with social media and siblings? Does having a sibling who's down to be an influencer make it easier? Anyway, these are the Dobre Twins. They are the pair of 21-year-old twins who are popular on their TikTok comedic skits, pranks, and vlogs. They've got 26 million followers. They also have a YouTube following of 10 million with their two older brothers Cyrus and Darius. Plus, another channel with 22.9 million followers just for the two of them. Wow. That's a lot of cashflows.
Another pair of twins! Alex and Alan Stokes are 24-year-old twins who have channeled the internet's obsession with twin pairings. They went viral and garnered a huge number of followers on YouTube and Instagram. On TikTok, they have 28.7 million followers. They say that the reason why they are a big hit is the same reason why couples channels do well.
Michael Le is a TikTok star known for his dance and choreography videos. Like others, he started in Musical.ly too in 2016 and has been one of the most famous ever since. He now has 43.4 million followers on the app. His content mostly focused on dance videos and choreography and TikTok chose him as one of its top creators of 2020. He can himself as the "CEO of escalator TikToks" with him regularly posting videos that show him dancing on escalators in public.
Burak Özdemir or more commonly known as CZN Burak is said to be the most famous chef on TikTok. He is best known for elaborating Turkish meals and cooking with a seemingly permanent, unmoving smile. With that face and cooking skills, he has gained 29.8 million followers from TikTok. Consistency at its finest, indeed.
Gilmher Croes or Gil Croes is the older brother of Jay Croes who we talked about earlier. Speaking of the challenges of social media. he said that since they started in 2015, the brothers have been forced to change and adapt to maintain popularity on the platform. As they can't please everyone, they try to adapt content that will be enjoyed by everyone.
Jannat Zubair Rahmani is a 19-year-old actress and TikToker with 28.2 million followers. Her career started when she was just 8 years old. And since she found success on TikTok, she has become one of India's most popular accounts. She features music she produces and shares lip-syncing videos.
Chase Hudson is an 18 years old member of the Los Angeles-based creator collective, Hype House. He is famous with his name Lilhuddy online. He has a following of 28.6 million on TikTok. One of the most famous news stories about him was when he dated Charli D'Amelio, the most followed creator on TikTok.
Faisal Shaikh or Mr. Faisu is known to be a part of a squad of Indian creators dubbed Team 07. He was unfortunately suspended from TikTok in 2019 for violating its community guidelines but he returned strong in early 2020 to continue making videos. He was able to maintain his spot as one of India's most popular creators and top earners with an estimate of 33.2 million earned in the app. He had his last TikTok update on June 28.
Baby Ariel or more commonly known as Ariel Martin, was the first individual that reached 20-million-followers in Musical.ly. From there, her fame has only grown. Now, the 20-year-old's illustrious TikToker has received multiple gigs on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon TV shows. Plus she is growing an audience of already 35.2 million with the app.
The 17 years old Riyaz Afreen has established himself as an actor and star by going viral on TikTok. His account has a massive 43.7 million followers and his content also features other popular Indian TikTok stars such as Mr. Faisu and Aashika Bhatia. But just like every other Indian TikTok star, he's doing his best to break out on another platform.
Avani Gregg is one of the several teens on this list who shot into the TikTok elite in 2020. The 18 years old TikToker has 29.9 million. followers and counting. Much of her success can be credited to the launching of the collective Hype House. Now, she has her own TV show available on Facebook Messenger's "watch together" feature. She continues to post-dance and makeup videos on TikTok.
Dixie D'Amelio is an 18 years old TikToker known for her dance covers and choreography together with her older sister Charli. She has also signed a contract with a major talent agency with her younger sister in late 2019 and has released two singles — "Be Happy" and "One Whole Day (feat. Wiz Khalifa)" — in 2020.
TikTok star Bella Poarch had her breakout moment when she posted her zoomed-in lip-sync "M to the B" by British rapper Millie B. Though she started only in the latter half of 2020, she already has over 50 million followers - including the 6th most-watched video on the platform. She has become one of the biggest stars on TikTok despite that we know very little information about her personal life.
Spencer X or most commonly known as Spencer Knight is a 27-year-old beatboxer who shows off his skills to millions of his followers in TikTok. This talented artist was able to gain sponsorship from the Moster Energy drink brand from a simple professional thanks. He currently has 50.3 million TikTok followers.
One of Gen Z's brightest young stars is Jojo Siwa. She's been a celebrity for quite some time now. She first made her mark in Dance Moms and has since been brought into Nickelodeon's realm of television and film stardom. On top of all that she's got a huge YouTube following, and now a TikTok fan base that's 31 million strong.
Sameeksha Sud's comedic sketches alongside other Indian TikTok stars earned her 24.5 million followers and a spot on this list. Together with her two other friends, they launched a successful YouTube channel called TeenTigada. The 27-year-old is also an actress.
James Charles or @jamescharles on Tiktok is more popularly known for being an influential YouTube Makeup specialist and vlogger. He's been an ambassador for popular brands like CoverGirl among others. Despite only joining the app in late 2019, James already has 33.5 million followers with over 600 million likes on his videos.
Another proud alumna of Nickelodeon is Kira Kosarin or @kirakosarin. The 23-year-old actress made a name for herself starring in Nickelodeon's The Thundermans tv show. Clearly, her fame from tv has translated to the digital space of social media. Most of her content for her 24 million followers consists of the usual TikTok favorites of dances and lipsyncing but she also answers questions about her life! A great treat for fans.
Addison Rae or Addison Easterling is a 20-year-old girl known for quickly being famous after joining TikTok in the summer of 2019. She always gets thousands of views whenever she posts dances and lip-syncs on the app. She has gained 51.3 million followers through this platform and has hosted a Spotify-exclusive podcast called "Mama Knows Best" with her mother, Sheri Nicole.
Charli D'Amelio is officially TikTok's biggest star. She launched her channel in June 2019 but the 16-year-old already made it to the top in just a matter of months through her choreographed dances and viral songs. She 103.6 million followers on the platform. Her success led her to a spot in Hype House and a cameo appearance in a Super Bowl commercial. Her family will have their own documentary tv show in 2022 and she has now a contract with a premier talent agency.
These stars didn't expect they'd come this far by just simply uploading content which they love to do. They gained fans and it is unavoidable to also have bashers especially when you got very popular. However, either you love or hate these creators, they'll still gain from your views. They have become unexpectedly popular stars. This is a reminder for everyone that there is nothing impossible in this world now. Who knows, you might be the next TikTok star.