Wednesday, November 20, 2019

"The 15-year-old TikTok star got dazzlingly famous overnight — and even she’s not sure why"


In six months, 15-year-old D’Amelio has collected more than 5.1 million followers on TikTok.


D’Amelio’s popularity is still confined largely to TikTok. While boasting more than 741,000 followers on Instagram, she has a modest 6,500 on Twitter and an inactive YouTube account.


D’Amelio’s first meet-and-greet, held last week in Norwalk, Connecticut, sold out. But the biggest shock for her fans was the $100 charge to take a photo or TikTok with her.


Charli’s mother, Heidi D’Amelio, tells MEL this is the first meet-and-greet the family has ever put on. They based the $100 amount off other meet-and-greets they’d researched. “You know, I can’t say that thought might not have run through my head if I if that were someone else. We probably should have worded it differently,” she says. Marc D’Amelio, a prominent Connecticut Republican, wasn’t available for an interview, but he tells me the family is being bombarded with calls and emails.