Whether it’s with body positive content, a simple magic trick or food reviews, the four Boston University students have found fame on the internet.
road to recovery
Alfie Gandhi, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, said she first started posting on TikTok at the height of her eating disorder.
“It was the first time I had ever spoken to anyone about any issue with really body image,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi’s TikTok page, lefiyah, collected 52.2 thousand followers. Gandhi says, through her videos, that she hopes to show people the “raw facts” behind eating disorders and healing.
“The whole point of my page is to show that my recovery is not linear,” she said. “There are no expectations associated with anyone viewing my content.”
Although Gandhi’s platform has allowed her to work with brands like Pepsi and MTV, she has said that she has a “love-hate relationship” with TikTok.
“Part of me really hates TikTok because of how addictive it is and how semi-toxic it is in the minds of young people,” Gandhi said. “But another part of me feels responsible to be the true representation of these young people.”
Gandhi said that people who “have completely different lives” about her reach out to them and share how “impressive” the content she gives them is.
“I really feel like it’s a moment of unrestrained understanding between you and a stranger… and I think that’s really special.”
From home-cooked meal to viral chef
Irene Kim, stuck at home during the pandemic with nothing to do, said she started tasting new foods and reviewing them on her TikTok account.
“My first viral video was of me eating sushi because my parents are sushi chefs,” Kim said. “We used to spend sushi nights at my house because it was just a regular thing.”
Now, with 468.9K followers on TikTok Tweet embedKim continues to post food related content, but also get ready videos with me, daily vlogs on life as a student, and the latest TikTok trends.
“People loved the food content, the food reviews,” Kim said. “In the end, it’s kind of snowballed into the videos now, as I try different foods and kind of show off what I’m doing with my life.”
Kim said she loves sharing her experience as a Boston University student with her followers and said her role as a Boston University student is an “integral part” of her videos.
Although Kim engages in paid campaigns, she said she still wanted TikTok to be a “fun thing to do” rather than a full-time job.
“I don’t want to make it my only livelihood,” she said. “It also makes it less reliable if you do that.”
Can you feel the magic?
Henry Dee, a junior at Sargent’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, said he started learning magic tricks when he was just 12, inspired by an old magic trick his grandfather taught him.
In his final year of high school, he decided to create magic videos on TikTok for a school project. Now, Di does anything from card tricks, to optical illusions to mind readings on his TikTok account, Tweet embed.
Over the years, he has amassed 480.5 thousand followers, which is a total of 9.7 million likes on his videos and content creation requests for major companies like Google.
His most famous Tik Tok, where he asks viewers to choose a card from a deck and later guess which card they choose, has garnered 73 million views.
“On TikTok, people love to share through… the way I talk,” he said. “Most of the time you have to make things short so people are interacting all the time and watching everything.”
Although attending college didn’t change the type of content Di creates, it did make keeping up with his account “more difficult,” he said.
“During the summer, I was posting two videos a day almost every day, whereas now that I’m starting school…there have been a few days that I haven’t,” said Dee.
De said TikTok’s fame has “opened a lot of doors” for him and he hopes one day he’ll “make a living out of it.” [social media]. “
“I feel like I have the ability to do things with this,” he said, “It will continue to grow, will continue to publish and connect with different companies, things like that, (and) I will eventually be able to do this thing full time.”
For Russian international student Masha Yuzakova, a second-year student at COM, social media fame did not come immediately. Yuzakova started her YouTube channel At the age of 13, when there were not many Russian creators on social media.
Early in her YouTube career, Yuzkova said she would post “whatever was popular” at the time, such as “Room Tours” and “What’s In My Bag?” Videos.
Yuzakova said that she now publishes mainly Russian-language video blogs, taking 530 thousand subscribers with her in daily activities.
“I think the best part about my blog personally is that I try to be myself and never post when I’m not in the mood,” she said.
Her growing popularity has allowed her to turn a hobby into a job and she has been working with global brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora and Victoria’s Secret.
Yuzakova said moving to the United States last year gave her the opportunity to share new experiences with her followers.
“I would say moving here is one of the reasons people are interested in my content,” she said. “Not everyone has the opportunity to study abroad, and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience all of this.”
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