What does BMS mean on TikTok? It’s a huge compliment

TikTokers have invented yet another new acronym. The next time you see “BMS” in your comment section, rejoice because it’s actually a compliment about your looks. 

In our appearance-obsessed culture only exacerbated by social media’s image-heavy mediums, it almost seems inevitable that people would rate each other’s attractiveness. Some people on TikTok have even adopted attractiveness scales used by incels who hold racist and sexist beliefs about beauty. While there are, of course, negative implications to all of that, this trend appears to mostly be young people goofing around. 

Decode and demystify Gen Z’s latest online slang terms with In The Know’s new glossary.

What does “BMS” mean on TikTok? 

BMS stands for “broke my scale” on social media. However, it doesn’t refer to a weight scale. Users are actually talking about their attractiveness scales. 

You can expect to see “BMS” in the TikTok comment section when somebody finds the creator to be physically pleasing. Ultimately, it’s another way of saying, “On a scale of one to 10, you’re an 11.” 

Some examples of the “BMS” trend on TikTok

When @gwizzle_ couldn’t get the beauty calculator filter to work she used the hashtag #BMS. 

“It’s not working. I’mma just think I’m too pretty,” she said. 

The user @savalejandra poked fun at her younger self for posting “thirst traps” to find a boyfriend who would leave comments like “rate: bms” on her posts.

Although Savonna Smith did celebrate the time she “broke the scale in my bathroom.” 

In The Know is now available on Apple News — follow us here!  

If you enjoyed this story, read more about how manifesting works.

More from In The Know:

How TikTok and young creators turned fanfiction into an art form

You can wear MASONgrey’s slip dresses to bed or brunch

Is brown the new black? Shop 5 chocolate colored bags worth coveting now

Nordstrom’s new markdowns include lots of winter dresses on sale for less than $50

Listen to the latest episode of our pop culture podcast, We Should Talk: