Charli D’Amelio is a young entertainer who took the internet by storm but hasn’t allowed her entertainment career to just be restricted to the internet.
You can see this young celebrity on television, in the credits of a movie and music videos, and in a multitude of magazines.
D’Amelio may be young, but she hasn’t let her age stop her from reaching even higher.
Her loyal fans have supported whatever she chooses to be a part of, whether it be a movie or a social movement.
Why Is Charli D’Amelio Famous?
Charli D’Amelio is famous for being the most popular creator on TikTok, where she currently has 130.4 million followers.
She was the first creator to ever reach 50 million followers on the platform, which she achieved in only seven months.
By November of 2020, D’Amelio was also the first person to reach 100 million followers on TikTok.
Before Charli D’Amelio rose to fame, she lived with her parents in Connecticut.
Her mother, Heidi D’Amelio, was a business owner and a former photographer and model.
D’Amelio’s father was a former Senate candidate in Connecticut.
From an early age, Charli D’Amelio loved to dance and began practicing when she was only three years old.
This childhood hobby would lead D’Amelio to find massive success as an entertainer in her future.
Before her fame on TikTok, Charli D’Amelio lived a typical, upper-class high school life while attending King School.
Her time was mostly spent training for the next dance event that her school dance team was going to.
By the time she had found success on the social media platform, she had been dancing competitively for a decade.
However, the success that Charli D’Amelio found had become too distracting at school for her to attend normally.
D’Amelio finished out her years virtually at King School.
Although there were many things that Charli D’Amelio had to sacrifice in order to continue her journey as an entertainer, she has used the unique opportunities she’s been given to make her lifelong dreams come true.
D’Amelio once had a vision board that hung over her head that featured people she admired, like Jennifer Lopez, and now she has worked alongside all of those people.
Charli D’Amelio may seem average to some people, but she has done many extraordinary things.
Becoming TikTok’s Biggest Star
Charli D’Amelio posted her first TikTok video on March 30th of 2019, which featured D’Amelio and a friend lip-syncing to a joke that was shot horizontally.
At the time, horizontal videos weren’t popular, which was something that D’Amelio would recognize later.
In July of 2019, D’Amelio was walking to dance class when she decided to make a quick video with another user by the name “Move With Joy”, who was known for making simple dance tutorials and videos.
Using TikTok’s duet feature, she posted the video without much more thought before heading into dance class.
While in class, she noticed that her phone was going off like crazy due to all the TikTok notifications that she was receiving.
By the time her dance class was over, she had an additional 2,000 followers.
When Charli D’Amelio saw that her video had gone viral, she didn’t know what to do or how to feel.
Before she knew what was happening, D’Amelio was thrust into the spotlight.
The rapid increase in followers didn’t stop for weeks.
There were many days when D’Amelio would wake up to find that she had gained 100,000 followers after she had gone to bed for the night.
Luckily, Charli D’Amelio’s mother was a former model and knew what her daughter would need from this point on.
They were going to need a manager, a publicist, and an agency.
As Charli D’Amelio’s popularity was rapidly rising, she made sure to bring her older sister along with her, who was also seeing massive amounts of success on TikTok at the time.
Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were seen as the “Queens of TikTok” and the “CEOs of TikTok”.
Rising TikTok stars were learning that collaboration brought in more views.
This ideology led to the creation of the Hype House.
Joining And Leaving The Hype House
The Hype House was a group of TikTok creators who wanted to live together in order to create content together frequently.
When it first started, the Hype House consisted of Thomas Petrou, Chase Hudson, Daisy Keech, Charli D’Amelio, and Dixie D’Amelio.
Other members of the Hype House include Addison Rae, Alex Warren, Kouvr Annon, Jack Wright, James Wright, Nick Austin, Ryland Storms, Patrick Hudson, Calvin Goldby, Connor Yates, Wyatt Xavier, Ondreaz Lopez, Tony Lopez, Avani Gregg, Hootie Hurley, and Larri Merritt.
Collectively, the group worked out of the Hype House mansion, and some even lived there part-time.
When the pandemic hit, many of the Hype House members were stuck at their Los Angeles mansion together.
However, the large group of young entertainers quickly learned why it is important to create separation between your work life and your home life.
Like many other creator houses, the Hype House quickly saw problems arise and members leave.
The D’Amelio sisters were quick to notice the problems arising in the Hype House because they only lived there part-time, still partially living with their parents in Connecticut.
Their representative told the press that the sisters left because the Hype House was becoming a business rather than a community, but the problems that the group had didn’t help.
By early March of 2020, the group was already fighting about who was able to own the Hype House trademark.
Daisy Keech had gone to create a trademark for the Hype House only to discover that Chase Hudson and his father had already copyrighted the Hype House without telling the other members.
Charli D’Amelio and Chase Hudson had been dating while with the Hype House, but fellow TikTok star Josh Richards accused Hudson of cheating on D’Amelio with another TikTok star and his girlfriend, Nessa Barett.
Making Her Way To YouTube
When building a successful career on social media, you will often hear about how necessary it is that you diversify what platforms you’re on.
Nobody was certain about the success of TikTok, especially after similar social media platforms like Vine had fallen apart even after a big boom in popularity.
Looking to avoid what many Vine stars had once gone through when quickly switching to other social media sites, Charli D’Amelio knew that she would have to expand her content to different platforms.
Unlike many online creators that will simply repost their content onto other platforms, D’Amelio took the opportunity to post a different type of content and show the internet a different side of herself.
Her first video on her channel was a video from a meet and greet that she hosted in 2019.
The channel has since become a place for her vlogs, collaborative videos with other creators, and even extravagant travel videos.
Some of the guests on her YouTube channel include James Charles, Noah Schnapp, Bebe Rexha, David Dobrik, Molly Burke, and Maddie Ziegler.
Although she only has a little more than 30 videos, most of her videos get millions of views.
Her fans are always waiting for her next video posted on her YouTube channel.
She currently has 9.65 million subscribers on the platform.
Signing With UTA
In January of 2020, Charli D’Amelio and the rest of her family exclusively signed on with the talent agency, UTA.
The hope was to create family content starring both the D’Amelio sisters and their parents.
The talent agency decided to sign Dixie and Charli D’Amelio in all areas of entertainment that they cover.
Their parents signed with the agency in hopes of creating books, podcasts, TV appearances, live touring, digital content, licensing, and endorsements.
Charli D’Amelio was only 15 years old when she signed with UTA, and her sister was only 18 years old at the time.
The D’Amelio family was exactly what the talent agency needed at the time.
It was no secret that the D’Amelio sisters were looking for someone to represent them, and UTA was looking for a way to appeal to a younger audience.
Even the co-head of digital talent, Greg Goodfried, believed that Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were the perfect talents to bring into the agency.
Teenagers have found the sisters to be relatable and inspiring, leading many young girls to support the sisters throughout their online careers.
Before having landed the UTA deal, the D’Amelio sisters were represented by Barbara Jones of Outshine Talent, Billy Mann of the Well, and Gary Stiffelman of Greenberg Traurig.
With Outshine, Charli D’Amelio had managed to team up with Dunkin to create her very own drink called “The Charli“, which was inspired by the order she gets every time she goes to Dunkin.
The drink consists of cold brew coffee, whole milk, and three shots of caramel swirl.
D’Amelio has even appeared in Time Magazine’s 2021 Time100 list for the success that she found through her social media history and the many collaborations that she has joined with her family brand.
Her Time On Kid’s Television
Although Charli D’Amelio hasn’t landed any traditional roles on television, she has made multiple appearances on television in different television specials.
Her first appearance on television was for Nickelodeon’s #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall.
The Nickelodeon special was hosted by Kristen Bell and had young stars like Charli D’Amelio on to talk about the coronavirus in a way that younger people could understand.
Young stars were able to ask the most common questions about the pandemic that young people had, and doctors were able to give viewers insight into what they understood about the situation at the time.
That same year, Charli D’Amelio starred alongside the original cast of Disney’s High School Musical and the cast of the Disney+ reboot.
Although the special had guest stars like Raven-Symoné, multiple Descendants cast members, and more, D’Amelio’s appearance was the highlight of the special.
The High School Musical Singalong featured Zac Efron opening the special, with Lucas Grabeel on piano, and Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, and Vanessa Hudgens all singing throughout the Disney special.
It was recorded through Zoom in an effort to show people that despite needing to stay home and apart physically, we were all in the pandemic together and could still do things together.
Since many high school seniors in 2020 didn’t get to have a normal graduation ceremony, the XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and the Entertainment Industry Institute all joined together to put on the Graduate Together: American Honors the High School Class of 2020, which was hosted by LeBron James himself.
Both Charli and Dixie D’Amelio made an appearance on the television special.
A multitude of other celebrities such as former President Barack Obama, Bad Bunny, Timothée Chalamet, Kevin Hart, the Jonas Brothers, Malala Yousafzai, Zendaya, Pharrell Williams, and many more celebrities.
Getting Into The World Of Acting
In 2019, Charli D’Amelio landed her first voice acting and role in a film as Tinker in StarDog and TurboCat. In the children’s movie, D’Amelio was a part of a cast that also included Nick Frost, Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, and Bill Nighy.
The story takes place when StarDog lands back on Earth after being shot into space in 1969.
However, things on Earth aren’t like they used to be, and there are some towns that have begun banning pets.
With help from local street animals, StarDog and TurboCat look to save the day.
The movie was originally released on June 19th of 2020, but it never received any rave reviews.
Most viewers thought that the movie was okay at best, even from a child’s point of view.
Critics believed that the show was too dumbed down for most child audiences but would still be a good fit for toddlers and children who enjoy shows such as PAW Patrol.
D’Amelio’s roles haven’t been limited to just one film.
She has also appeared in multiple music videos, including two music videos for one of her favorite entertainers, Jennifer Lopez.
For Bebe Rexha’s music video Baby, I’m Jealous, Rexha had multiple celebrity guest stars that included Charli D’Amelio, Nikita Dragun, Avani Gregg, and Doja Cat.
In order to create a working environment that kept up with the Covid-19 restrictions, everyone was tested regularly, and the set hired people to ensure that masks were being worn properly and social distancing recommendations between workers were being upheld.
What ended up moving Charli D’Amelio to tears of joy was the chance to appear in Jennifer Lopez’s music videos for Pa’ Ti and Lonely, which are also set to appear in Jennifer Lopez’s movie in 2022.
D’Amelio was elated to join Lopez’s project, having idolized the singing superstar for years.
Getting Her Own Reality Show
Fans couldn’t get enough of Charli D’Amelio or her entire family.
With the legendary family reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians having ended recently, there was an opening for the new reality show star family to rise up.
The D’Amelio Show follows Charli, Dixie, Heidi, and Marc D’Amelio as they navigate their new life as celebrities while still holding onto their strong family values.
The series is exclusive to the streaming service Hulu and consists of eight episodes.
The new reality show takes a look at how Charli D’Amelio makes new friends in Los Angeles and how she deals with the constant online criticisms that she gets.
In the show, they’ll also be going over Dixie D’Amelio’s rising musical career and how their parents spend their time supporting their celebrity daughters.
The show is unscripted to help give it a more natural feel.
By 2021, the show had been renewed for a second season thanks to the positive reception from the Hulu audience.
In 2021, Charli D’Amelio and Dixie D’Amelio teamed up with Snapchat to create an original series called Charli vs. Dixie.
In the show, the sisters go head-to-head in multiple competitions in order to raise money for the charities of their choice.
In total, they won $50,000 for their charities and were able to appear alongside many familiar faces, such as previous members of the Hype House.
The guest list also included internet stars such as Gigi Gorgeous, Rachel Taylor, and Scott Evans.
Fighting Her Eating Disorder
Charli D’Amelio was only a sophomore in high school when she was flung into the online spotlight.
Every day since posting her first viral video, D’Amelio has received countless comments about her weight over the years.
In the United States alone, 10 in 100 young high school girls are likely to develop an eating disorder at one point in their life or another.
Having the additional pressure of appeasing millions didn’t help D’Amelio’s odds.
The young star was constantly being told that she was gaining weight or was too skinny to be a good role model for younger girls.
This frustrated D’Amelio and made her feel the need to remind the public that it isn’t their place to tell a random stranger when they’re gaining or losing weight.
D’Amelio kept quiet about her eating disorder until some of her fans weren’t happy about her lip-syncing a line from a Beach Bunny song that stated that the singer had to “count your calories”.
The young TikTok star was quick to apologize for potentially triggering her fans with eating disorders and explain to them that they weren’t alone in their struggles.
Charli D’Amelio claims that she was vocal about the importance of having a positive body image, but she had a difficult time talking about her own struggles with even her closest friends and family members.
She decided to speak up about her own struggles in hopes that she could help others get the help they need with the fatal disease.
D’Amelio hopes that, as celebrities begin to talk about their struggles with an eating disorder, more people will realize that they don’t need to make comments about other people’s weight and that we should all be spending our time lifting each other up instead.
Charli D’Amelio Is Only Getting Started
Charli D’Amelio is only 17 years old and has managed to make her time on social media into an entire brand that she and her family live off of.
This young entertainer has shown what determination and embracing new ideas can do for your life.
Although D’Amelio may be confused as to why she’s famous, it’s clear that fans appreciate the hard work and strong work ethic she has used to get the point that she’s at.
She has looked for every way to expand her career and has taken every opportunity she’s been offered.
It’s clear that Charli D’Amelio is meant for greatness and has a career in entertainment that will only blossom further as she becomes an adult.