The most popular tiktoker in the world still worked ‘day and night’ in a factory until 2020

And always in silence. As simple as it looks, it takes hours. Every day he searches for at least three hours for the suitable video to make a parody of, the tiktoker told business magazine Forbes last March, which accompanied him for three days in Milan. He earns well from it, studies English, takes acting lessons and has recently become one of the faces of fashion brand Hugo Boss. A huge contrast to his life two years ago.

“I lived in social housing and worked day and night in factories. Now I can help my family, old friends and community and support those in need through charity,” Lame said. The tiktoker was born in Senegal and moved with his parents to the northern Italian village of Chivasso when he was 1 year old.

At the start of the corona pandemic, Lame was fired from a factory in the same village. Friends and family advised him to look for a new job, but it didn’t come to that. “I had a lot of time and was bored, so I started making videos on TikTok.” He didn’t expect anything from it, but he does speak of a dream come true. He also has another dream: to go to America to act in films. And preferably with his idol Will Smith.

“I would describe myself as a simple person, but full of ideas and inspiration,” he told Forbes. “Making people laugh has always been my greatest passion.” And he does, worldwide. Because those millions of followers of his liked his videos no less than 2.3 billion times.