You know her, you love her, and now Charli D’Amelio is officially a published author!
After a tremendous year of taking the world by storm, the social media superstar is wrapping up her 2020 with the release of “Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide To Keeping It Real.” From trivia to never-before-seen childhood photos alongside her big sis, Dixie D’Amelio, this colorful book full of stickers and journal prompts leaves no page unturned.
To celebrate, we caught up with the TikToking queen, herself, who got real about aspiring to empower the next generation of influencers, and more!
“I hope my stories, photos, the things I love all make people feel less alone and that others can relate,” she gushed.
You just hit 100M followers on TikTok and are now a published author, all at only 16 years old. How does it feel to have both of these monumental accomplishments occur within a two-week period?
Charli: It feels really strange, and amazing, and most of all I am just so thankful and in awe and appreciate all of my fans. I never started this journey with any goals other than to have fun and connect with people who may feel or experience what I feel as a teen. I am just happy what I do resonates and that with that milestone I was able to donate to 10 dance academies!
While it feels like fans have known you forever! There’s a lot of new information revealed in “Essentially Charli,” but what do you think they’ll be most shocked to learn about your childhood that’s shared in the book?
Charli: I hope that they just realize we are all more similar than we are different. And that none of us need to be alone. I hope my stories, photos, the things I love all make people feel less alone and that others can relate. I really loved making this book and sharing with others in mind!
In the “Giving Back” chapter, you say that “bulling is frighteningly common on the internet.” What’s one lesson you’ve learned about dealing with online hate, and what advice do you hope readers take away from the book?
Charli: I have struggled with anxiety and being in the public eye doesn’t make that easier. I’ve learned that the only opinion that really should matter is your own. And while that’s easy to say, its not always the easiest to do, but I hope that I can help others feel similar.
Lastly, you share a lot about your own experience, how you created your social media empire, and give readers an insight into how they can navigate their own social media presence. How do you think your book will inspire the next generation of content creators?
Charli: My dad was always really a great teacher even before we were in the public eye when he told Dixie and me about what we post or put out into the world really represents who we are and we need to be precious with that brand. Even in high school and grade school when it was just what we said to our friends, he made it clear that those words or actions or outfits would be part of how the family is represented. So I had a really great role model as to how I want to present myself personally as well as publicly.”