Charli Grace D’Amelio (Born: May 1, 2004) is one of the biggest social media personalities of 2020. She currently has over 82 million TikTok followers worldwide! She is known for her viral dance moves and has been working on them her whole life. That’s what has made her such a huge success on this popular platform. According to Forbes, Charli is the richest TikTok star.
Charli D’Amelio Early Beginnings
Charli D’Amelio was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on May 1, 2004. Her father is Marc D’Amelio. He was once a candidate for the Republican Connecticut Senate. Prior, Marc was the founder and CEO of a sports apparel sales agency known as Level 4 Collective Showroom.
Her mother is Heidi D’Amelio. Heidi used to be a model before transitioning into a life of photography. In addition, Charli grew up with an older sister. Her name is Dixie.
Charlie D’Amelio Starts Dancing
Her early years saw Charli drawn to dance and entertainment. Always active, her family signed her up for dance lessons at the crisp age of three. Eventually, she would enter the competitive dancing circles, where the future star would hone her chops for ten years.
Competitive dancing got Charli ready for the spotlight. In 2019, she put her hard work to good use. She created a TikTok career. The rest was history.
Charli D’Amelio TikTok Career
When Charli started her TikTok on March 30, 2019, she never expected to become a megastar. She had some hopes. In reality, though, she was looking to have fun.
Her first official video dropped in July 2019. It was a collaboration with her friend, Move With Joy. The twosome did a side-by-side lip-synch video together that drew immediate attention from the masses.
Charli D’Amelio – The CEO of Renegade
While viral sensations seem to happen overnight, Charli actually did. Her first video was in July 2019, and by October she was crushing was records.
Her breakout video occurred when she uploaded a video of herself dancing to Renegade. This bubblingly viral video was originally created by Jalaiah Harmon. Harmon is also a dancer with a decent TikTok following.
While Harmon brought Renegade to the TikTok platform, Charli D’Amelio brought it to the next level. The numbers got so high she was dubbed, “The CEO of Renegade.”
Charli D’Amelio Receives Backlash Over New York Times Mistake
The Renegade craze got so big that The New York Times covered Charli D’Amelio’s rise to fame. However, the usually correct news source goofed. They gave her credit for coming up with the dance instead of Jalaiah Harmon.
Unfortunately, D’Amelio did not correct the newspaper. This lack of credit for the original creator led to backlash throughout the internet community.
Thankfully, Charli learned from her mistakes. She credits everybody that created dances she now performs.
Charli D’Amelio Joins The Hype House
At TikTok rose to fame, its founders tried to find other ways to create content and grow as a platform. Therefore, they launched The Hype House. One of their first acquisitions to partner with them was Charli and her sister Dixie.
The twosome made their debut on The Hype House in November 2019. However, they both withdrew themselves from the platform just six months later in May 2020. We’ll explain why in a bit!
D’Amelio Family Joins United Talent Agency
The D’Amelio family is attaching themselves to the Charli rocket. Charli signed with Barbara Jones’ management company, Outshine Talent. As a former Sony Music Exec, Barbara was able to hook D’Amelio up with the United Talent Agency.
Thankfully, the D’Amelios, United Talent Agency wanted them all. They got signed for different endeavors. However, the star was still clearly Charli.
Charli D’Amelio Tours with Bebe Rexha and The Jonas Brothers
Charli started performing with Bebe Rexha to open for the Jonas Brothers in November 2019. This opportunity opened the door for Charli to have her first meet-and-greet.
The Charli D’Amelio meet-and-greet drew over 400 people. That’s quite impressive for somebody who is an overnight sensation!
Charli D’Amelio SuperBowl LIV and 2020 NBA All-Star Game
Perhaps the biggest opportunity of Charli’s career came in February 2020. She was in a Sabra Hummus commercial during the SuperBowl LIV telecast.
Afterward, Charli attended a star-studded gala. She met Jennifer Lopez, who performed at that year’s Halftime Show. In fact, the two performed a TikTok challenge!
As a member of The Hype House, Charli did receive some unique opportunities. One saw her team up with Jalaliah Harmon. The two joined a group of dancers to entertain at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
Charli D’Amelio Dating Life
Her first big relationship took place in 2019. Charli was dating a co-founder of The Hype House, Chase Hudson. However, the two fizzled out in January 2020.
In April 2020, Hudson admitted to cheating on the starlet. He stated he kissed influencer Nessa Barrett. Within a month, both Charli and her sister, Dixie, left The Hype House. However, they both remain active on TikTok.
Charli D’Amelio Philanthropic Endeavors and Perez Hilton Feud
At the end of 2019, Charli became an ambassador for UNICEF. Through this partnership, D’Amelio has spearheaded many anti-bullying campaigns.
These causes are near to her heart. After all, her whole family has been under attack by Perez Hilton since March 2020. He accused the family of sexualizing their TikToks. He also called attention to her father’s 2014 DUI arrest.
These attacks have caused Charli to look at her body differently. She is an advocate against body dysmorphia because of these cyber attacks.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Charli gave back to first responders. She donated $50,00 to Norwalk Hospital to give supplies to the staff.
Charli D’Amelio – The Face of TikTok
New York Times calls her “The Queen of TikTok.” Meanwhile, The Face calls her and Dixie the “CEOs of TikTok.” Also, Washington Post named her “TikTok’s Undisputed Ruler.” Lastly, Vanity Fair called D’Amelio the “Face of Straight TikTok.” This name was earned for the fact that she’s the hottest heterosexual going on the platform!
With this love comes some backlash. MEL Magazine named her the “one of the first polarizing figures” on TikTok. She was called out for being everything wrong with Gen Z, being “basic,” “overhyped,” and “cringeworthy.”
Charli just brushes it off and keeps doing her. Don’t blame her. It’s working!