Celebrities who reinvented themselves on TikTok
TikTok turned a few celebrities into celebrities, launching their careers into the stratosphere out of nowhere. Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae, I’m looking at you. For others, the video-sharing platform was an opportunity to reinvent oneself. A number of celebrities have been in the limelight for a long time, but have used TikTok to get a new take on celebrity. These celebrities who have used TikTok to reinvent themselves have amassed so many followers.
TikTok was the most downloaded app of 2020, and for good reason. The app’s trends and the addicting endless scrolling algorithm have everyone hooked as they were stuck at home during quarantine due to the coronavirus. It seemed like everyone, regardless of their age, had welcomed the app’s viral trends to their home. Even the celebrities, in their vast mansions, seemed bored and downloaded the app.
Of course, TikTok is generally associated with Gen Z, but that hasn’t stopped celebrities of all ages from joining the app. Everyone from tweens to middle-aged actors, newcomers to Hollywood and bona fide legends have downloaded the app. For some, it has even given a facelift to their careers. After creating their own TikTok page, these celebrities became the unlikely heroes of the internet with comedic relief and endless entertainment.
If there was a king of TikTok, Derulo would wear the crown. For now, he’s the unofficial king of the app, and his videos continue to go viral. The “Ridin ‘Solo” singer has made joke videos his niche, and they seem to get more and more intense each time. Do you remember the video he made claiming that all of his teeth fell out? If you’ve seen it, you know how unforgettable it is.
Other Derulo prank videos saw him transform into Spider-Man and another shave his eyebrows. Thanks to his shenanigans, he is now an internet mega-star. One fan put it best by tweeting, “Jason Derulo becomes a TikTok influencer is the one I never saw coming.
Another unlikely TikTok star? Charlie Puth. Sure, he’s written hits for himself and other artists for years, but TikTok has given the pop singer new life. He uses his page to show off his silly side, genius musical talent, new music debut, and guest celebrity musical GOAT appearances like Alicia Keys.
Before Lil Yachty joined TikTok, it was probably a while since you last heard his name. But the app put him back in the spotlight and he happily adopted it. With 7.2 million and more followers, we can say that his fans appreciate the content he served. Most of Yachty’s videos focus on humor, especially the duet videos with other top creators. Just watch this viral video showing her a new hairstyle.
If you’re surprised to see Yachty rise to fame on TikTok, he’s here with you. “I didn’t go lie, my TikTok was never supposed to come out now that it was discovered that I was embarrassed,” he said after his videos went viral.
Much like TikTok superstar Too Turnt Tony, Azalea’s fame on the app started with ducks. Yes, she posted a hilarious video in September 2020 with her pet duck and implied she stole it from a local park. Naturally, this quickly caught the attention of fans.
Another of her more viral videos included her “checking out friends on the antipodes” video with JoJo Siwa.
Smith is undeniably a living legend, but with his emergence on TikTok, the 52-year-old actor has found himself a younger fan base. Smith’s presence on the app is full of hilarious (and well-executed) prank videos, much like his fellow TikTok star Jason Derulo. The two have even teamed up to shoot TikTok videos together in the past.
With frequent cameos from his ultra-famous children, Jaden and Willow Smith, the actor’s TikTok page continues to grow with each passing day.
Mayer joined TikTok in early March 2021, and it was immediately obvious that he was there to have a laugh. Taylor Swift fans may not have liked him joining, but that hasn’t stopped his videos from racking up some important views. When is the time to announce his new album sob rock several months later, TikTok has proven to be the perfect platform to promote it. The most entertaining part of Mayer’s TikTok trip? His song “Ravioli Shoes”. Mayer posted the song to the app in March, which caused a frenzy among his followers.
JoJo Siwa has always had a very specialized audience, and a younger audience. But after joining TikTok, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know their name. The old one Dance Moms The star brought her larger-than-life character to the app and made a big impression on new fans and day one fans alike. Oh, and she also received praise for using the app to share her coming out story!