Here’s how to do the Silhouette Challenge, TikTok’s racy new dance

There’s a new sultry dance trend taking over TikTok — and you can thank singer Chloe Bailey for spreading it like wildfire. 

The 22-year-old singer of the Beyoncé-approved musical duo Chloe x Halle popularized the steamy challenge, called the Silhouette Challenge, in January. Here’s why people haven’t stopped talking about the Silhouette Challenge since then.

What is the Silhouette Challenge? 

The Silhouette Challenge requires TikTokers to make a video that only shows their silhouette, often against the backdrop of colorful lighting. 

In Bailey’s video, she danced on her bedroom rug as pink and purple lights flickered in the background. Only her shadowy figure was visible while she slinked around and did splits on the ground.

The video earned 3.1 million views in five days. As of writing, the #silhouettechallenge hashtag currently has 217.5 million views on TikTok

How do you create a Silhouette Challenge video? 

@nurseswilling

Reply to @latanyascales2 I got this idea from @aliyah.tianna tiktok page! I just switched the song up 😍😘

♬ original sound – 😘YoFavNai🤪

Setting up your own lighting can be tricky. Thankfully, you don’t have to. TikTok user @nursewilling demonstrated how to make a Silhouette Challenge video using a Snapchat filter called “Vin Rouge.”

First, select the “Vin Rouge” filter on Snapchat. The filter will give the appearance of red lighting.

Next, prop the phone so it’s facing toward the nearest doorway. Keep the doorway open and the lights on outside.

Finally, turn the lights off in your room with the doorway still lit. This will make it look like your silhouette is in front of red lighting.

Make sure that your video is accurately timed to the soundtrack of the challenge, which is a mash-up of Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and Doja Cat’s “Streets.”

The Silhouette Challenge is all over TikTok.

User @missmamaplugs took a more comedic approach, appearing as though she was going to do a racy dance, only for her silhouette to turn into a dog’s.

“I’m absolutely howling,” one person said.

“I get it. She’s a werewolf,” another joked.

Meanwhile, @kaybownes used it as an opportunity to show off her heels. 

“OK. With the hair flip. Love it,” someone commented.

“I’m obsessed,” another user wrote.

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