How Khaby Lame became the No. 1 most-followed creator on TikTok

Khabane Lame, a.k.a. @khaby.lame is calling out ridiculous life hacks on TikTok

Not only does he point out the absurdity of some hacks, but he also shows simpler methods of completing the same tasks. With over 144.6 million followers, in June 2022 Lame officially bested Charli D’Amelio to become the most-followed user on the platform. 

Who is Khaby Lame? 

Lame is a 21-year-old Senegalese-Italian social media influencer born on March 8, 2000. He speaks English and Italian. 

He used to be an employee in an Italian factory, according to the New York Times. He lost his job in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and took to TikTok.

He began posting on TikTok in March 2020. His videos usually feature another user’s hack or dilemma, then him solving the same issue in an easier way. 

Lame is dating Zaira Nucci, who sometimes appears on his social media feeds. 

@khaby.lame

Bro why you ruined a T-shirt ?👕😔It was so easy…. – Fratello perché hai rovinato una T-Shirt?👕😔#learnfromkhaby #LearnWithTikTok #ImparaConTikTok

♬ suono originale – Khabane lame

When someone got their shirt caught in a car door and used scissors to cut themself out, Lame’s solution was to simply open the car door and remove his shirt. The video earned him 25 million likes and 193.5 million views. 

He is the most-followed creator on TikTok

Lame was able to climb the ranks of TikTok quickly, but for months he lagged behind D’Amelio at No. 2. In fact, Lame was the second TikTok creator ever to cross the 100 million follower mark. The two are currently the only accounts who’ve achieved the milestone, although Bella Poarch may soon join them. The third most-followed influencer currently has 90.3 million followers.  

On June 23, 2022 Lame surpassed D’Amelio to become TikTok’s No. 1 most-followed user. Lame reached 142.2 million followers to D’Amelio’s 142.1 million. The princess of TikTok was happy to pass the torch to its new prince. During a panel at VidCon, she addressed the matter. 

“I had No. 1 for two years. I feel like it’s time for someone else to have that spot, and I’m proud of him. He’s a friend, and there’s no bad blood, I promise you guys,” D’Amelio said, according to TechCrunch

“It feels great to know that someone else is getting that spot — someone that is sweet and a good person and loves what they do.”

How much does Khaby Lame make? 

According to Celebs Life Reel, Lame’s net worth is between $1 million and $2 million. It estimates his sponsored posts are valued at $13,380 to $22,300. 

The New York Times noted that his videos lack the production value that many of his peers at the top of the TikTok power rankings hold, but his rise has been entirely organic. He’s not affiliated with a content house and doesn’t appear to have paid for any views.

Here are some of Lame’s viral TikToks:

@khaby.lame

Summer is coming 😂😂L’estate sta arrivando 😂😂#learnfromkhaby #LearnWithTikTok #ImparaConTikTok

♬ suono originale – Khabane lame

In this skit, Lame roasted a man who uses a towel and pillow as a pool float, instead of just using a pool float. 

In another video, someone kept triggering the motion detector of a hand dispenser. Each time they tried to clean up the excess soap, their hand would wipe under it and trigger more mess. Lame then showed himself dispensing soap into one hand and using his other hand to clean up the mess seamlessly. 

“What’s the point of school when we have Khaby?” one person asked

“I wish he was my teacher,” another wrote

@khaby.lame

Qualsiasi lavoro fai, devi sempre pulire, ma con semplicità. 😆Every job you have,just keeping everything tidy,but with simplicity.#learnfromkhaby

♬ suono originale – Khabane lame

Lame poked fun at a classic vacuum cleaner hack. To get into hard-to-reach corners, the hack requires filling a long vacuum attachment with straws. But Lame’s solution was to simply switch the angle of the cleaning device. 

It earned him over 105 million views on TikTok. 

“CEO of common sense,” someone commented

“Damn, that’s smart,” a user posted

In one of his most popular videos with 210.8 million views, Lame teased a woman’s toilet roll hack. 

She removed the tube from the roll and pulled the tissue through the hole for easy dispensing. Lame just took a piece of toilet paper off the role as intended. Same result. 

“If autocorrect was a person,” a TikToker wrote.

“I’m getting strong ‘annoyed dad’ vibes,” a person joked

Give it a shot yourself, and don’t hurt your wrist in the process … though that would add to the drama of an extremely over-the-top trend.

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