Khabane "Khaby" Lame ([kaban la:m]; born 9 March 2000) is a Senegalese-born Italian social media personality. He is known for his TikTok videos in which he silently mocks overly complicated life hack videos. As of September 2022, Lame is the most-followed TikToker.[1]

Khaby Lame
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Personal information
BornKhabane Lame
(2000-03-09) 9 March 2000 (age 22)
Dakar, Senegal
Followers149.1 million
Likes2.3 billion
Page Display NameKhabane lame
Page Direct URLkhaby.lame

Last updated: 31 August 2022

Early life

Lame was born in Senegal on 9 March 2000. His family moved to a public housing complex in Chivasso, Italy, when he was one year old.[2] He has three siblings. He studied in Italian schools until he was fourteen, when his parents decided to send him to study temporarily in a Quranic school near Dakar.[3] Lame worked as a CNC machine operator at a factory near Turin, before getting laid off in March 2020.[4][5][6]

Career

After he was laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lame began posting on TikTok.[4] His early videos showed him dancing and watching video games, and were mostly filmed in Italian and included Italian subtitles.[6] He rose to popularity with his video responses in the form of TikTok's "duet" and "stitch" features to videos depicting overly complicated "life hacks", in which he performs the same task in a simple way, without saying anything.[5] In April 2021, he surpassed Gianluca Vacchi as the most-followed Italian TikToker, and, in July 2021, he surpassed Addison Rae to become the second most-followed TikToker.[7][8] In August 2021, Lame appeared as a co-star for Juventus F.C.'s announcement of Manuel Locatelli.[9][10] In September 2021, he attended the Venice Film Festival as a special guest for the first screening of French film Lost Illusions by Xavier Giannoli.[11] In January 2022, Lame signed a multi-year partnership with Hugo Boss[12] and was featured in the #BeYourOwnBoss campaign.[13][14]

On 22 June 2022, Lame became TikTok’s most followed creator, surpassing Charli D'Amelio with 142.1 million followers.[1][15]

Public image

Taylor Lorenz and Jason Horowitz of The New York Times attributed Lame's success to his "universal exasperated everyman quality" and described his rise to fame as different from most TikTok stars as it was "entirely organic". Samir Chaudry, the founder of The Publish Press, a newsletter focused on the creator economy, stated that Lame's appeal was due to him representing "authenticity over production" and "not trying too hard".[5] Christina Ferraz, the founder of American marketing agency Thirty6Five, stated, "His exasperation is relatable, and feelings are universal." Lame has credited his own rise to fame to his humorous facial expressions and his silence, which he has described as "a way to reach as many people as possible".[16] As of October 2021, 8 of the 25 most-liked videos on TikTok are his.[17]

Personal life

Khaby Lame is a practicing Muslim.[18] [19] Lame announced his engagement to Zaira Nucci in October 2020.[20]

Lame has lived in Italy since he was one-year old, and he was a Senegalese citizen living in Milan with his agent.[6] In August 2022, Lame became an Italian citizen in Chivasso, after the Italian Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior Carlo Sibilia announced that he would be granted citizenship.[21][22] Lame said he "always felt Italian",[23] and he previously stated that he "did not need a piece of paper" to define himself as such.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b CNN, Faith Karimi. "This wordless comedian is now the most-followed person on TikTok". CNN. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  2. ^ Pasqui, Giulio (13 May 2021). "Khaby Lame, ecco chi è l'italiano che ha più follower di Mark Zuckerberg ed è diventato una star dei social senza mai dire una parola". il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Khaby Lame è il più seguito al mondo su TikTok: "A scuola facevo casino"". skuola.net (in Italian). Retrieved 28 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b Vinci, Alessandro (23 April 2021). "Khaby Lame è l'italiano più seguito su TikTok: dalle case popolari al sorpasso su Gianluca Vacchi". Corriere.it (in Italian). Retrieved 14 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d Horowitz, Jason; Lorenz, Taylor (2 June 2021). "Khaby Lame, the Everyman of the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c Karimi, Faith; Mezzofiore, Gianluca (2 October 2021). "He's the most popular man on TikTok. And he doesn't say a word". CNN. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  7. ^ Waite, Thom (16 July 2021). "Khaby Lame is set to overtake Charli D'Amelio as TikTok's biggest star". Dazed. Dazed Media. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  8. ^ Web, Redazione (26 April 2021). "Khaby Lame supera Gianluca Vacchi: con 27M follower è il più seguito in Italia su tiktok". Radio Deejay (in Italian). Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  9. ^ Beltrami, Marco (18 August 2021). "La Juventus ufficializza Locatelli con Khaby Lame: svelate tutte le cifre dell'affare". Fanpage (in Italian). Retrieved 18 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Bo, Marco (20 June 2021). "Khaby Lame, Dybala e Del Piero: anche il re dei social tifa Juve". Tuttosport (in Italian). Nuova Editoriale Sportiva. Retrieved 18 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ americanpost (11 September 2021). "TikTok star Khaby Lame walked the Venice red carpet". American Post. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  12. ^ Teen, Vanity (1 April 2022). "Khaby Lame, the influencer who has changed the rules of the game". Vanity Teen. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  13. ^ Gardner, Chris (26 January 2022). "Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Lee Min-ho and TikTok Star Khaby Lame Star in BOSS Rebrand Campaign". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  14. ^ Leitch, Luke (11 February 2022). "TikToker Khaby Lame and the big Boss rebrand in the Dubai desert". Vogue Business. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  15. ^ Sato, Mia (23 June 2022). "Khaby Lame is now the most-followed TikToker in the world". The Verge. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  16. ^ Onukwue, Alexander (17 August 2021). "Senegal-born Khaby Lame is Europe's first TikTok megastar". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  17. ^ Tapia, Amancay (8 October 2021). "The 17 most liked TikTok videos (all in one place)". Newsweek. Dev Pragad. Retrieved 9 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Hazari, Usama (6 October 2021). "Famous TikToker Khaby Lame reveals that he is a 'practicing Muslim'". The Siasat Daily. Siasat Press. Retrieved 6 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Most-followed TikToker in the world,". globalvillagespace.com. 6 July 2022. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  20. ^ Longhitano, Lorenzo (1 June 2021). "Chi è Zaira Nucci, la fidanzata del tiktoker Khaby Lame". Fanpage (in Italian). Retrieved 30 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "World's most followed TikToker to get Italy citizenship". Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata. 24 June 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  22. ^ "TikTok star Khaby Lame granted Italian citizenship after moving there as an infant". The Independent. 21 August 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  23. ^ "Khaby Lame, TikTok's most followed star, granted Italian citizenship". the Guardian. 17 August 2022. Retrieved 19 August 2022.

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