PAPER People: @theonlycb3

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

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Charles Brockman III AKA theonlycb3‘s TikToks are important. The 21-year-old recreates scenes from TV shows and movies with way too much accuracy, often looking back on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon classics from the 2000s golden age and highlighting how deeply cringey and awkward they were? What were we thinking? Shout out to Bring It On: All or Nothing. He can sing, he runs on the UT track team, and he’s getting us through quar.

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What’s your go-to appetizer?

Chips and salsa and/ or queso all day. You can not go wrong with that.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

I would love to be somewhere happy and pursuing my wildest dreams. My goal is to continue to grow and become a public figure who inspires people around the world. As far as location, I’m not sure yet, but I am sure I will enjoy wherever I am.

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

If TikTok gets banned, that would definitely be the quickest rise and fall of my fame on the app since I just downloaded it in March. I am so proud of my growth in this little time, but if it all goes away, I will focus more on my YouTube channel.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

When my first recreation video went viral I was so excited and finally felt like people were appreciating my hard work and humor. I watched the views rise up to one million and I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

If I could teleport that would be so convenient. I have so many things to do during the day and sometimes I just want to be everywhere at once. There are also people who I would love to visit.

When was the last time you cried?

I’m not really a crier. But on August 28 when Chadwick Boseman passed, I couldn’t help it. He was a king and inspiration to so many including myself. This year has us all weary because we have been losing icon after icon, but I hope the rest of this year takes it easy on us. Rest in peace Chadwick.

What’s one thing you’d change about TikTok?

The algorithm is so tricky and changes often. Sometimes it’s inconsistent and I think since TikTok is more interest-based and not chronological, it’s not always certain that your videos will reach everyone you want.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

I want to be safe in my home with my family watching the sunset having one last home-cooked meal.

Who’s your TikTok crush and why?

My TikTok crush is @chinamcclain. I love the movies she is in and she has a great singing voice. She was actually my crush way before TikTok but hey, now that she has a TikTok, this gives an excuse to shoot my shot.

What was the last song you listened to?

“Summer 2020” by Jhene Aiko. This has been my anthem for a few weeks now. It’s so meaningful and describes this time period perfectly. It is the balance between navigating through the darkness of the world and finding time to appreciate your life and loved ones around you. I play it almost every day.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears

PAPER People: @japanesegrandpa

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

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With masterfully smooth transitions, flawless e-boy fashion and K-pop idol-worthy, ’90s Leo hair, Neil Shibata AKA @japanesegrandpa couldn’t help but gather a devoted TikTok following when he joined the app in May last year. The 20-year-old Canadian has blown up by sharing his beauty routines, full body bee costume and skits featuring random friends. His fans are called the Grandkidz, and now you’re one of them.

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Who was your childhood hero and why?

I’ve always been a huge fan of Selena Gomez. When I was younger, I used to watch Wizard of Waverly Place every day and listen to Selena Gomez all day. I went to her concert once and ever since then, I’ve gained so much respect for her and I’ve been following her ever since.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

In five years from now, I’m hoping to have a more stable lifestyle. With the way I’m managing social media right now, my life is fairly spontaneous and inconsistent. Hopefully in five years I’ll have a stronger niche to which I can focus on and build off of.

Describe your best night in this quarantine.

My best night in quarantine would be the night my best friend and I got some snacks and a blanket and drove far away from the city where we could see the stars and laid on the beach for hours during a meteor shower. I love spending time with my friends and in my opinion, doing things like this where we can remove ourselves from our everyday life is the perfect way relax and spend time with friends.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to teleport. I love traveling and if I could visit places wherever, whenever, I’d love that. Never having to pay for an Uber ever again… love that.

Who’s your TikTok crush and why?

Noen Eubanks and Abby Roberts. I think they’re both beautiful human beings and I have fat crush on both of them. I love their style of content but I also love how they portray themselves through fashion and makeup.

What’s one thing you’d change about TikTok?

I don’t like the way TikTok caters strictly to American culture; I wish there was more diversity with the videos that are being promoted. I think there’s a lack of creators that are people of colour. Whenever I do come across a person of colour of TikTok, they don’t get as much engagement compared to those that are white. I think this is both an issue with the TikTok company and the TikTok audience.

What was the last song you listened to?

I listen to “Heather” by Conan Gray at least four times a day so I can confidently say that that’s probably the last song I listened to. I recently found a mashup of “Heather” and “Before You Go “by Lewis Capaldi on TikTok and I haven’t gone a day without listening to that mashup in weeks.

What is your most irrational fear?

I’m absolutely terrified of giant rocks in oceans and lakes. I’m, of course, also scared of the sharks and whales and everything that lives in water, but for some reason the thought of a giant rock sitting at the bottom of a lake or ocean makes me never go in past my knees. I also find underwater forests one of the creepiest things in existence. Bottom line I don’t go swimming.

What’s something no one knows about you but you wish people did?

I wish people knew a bit more about my life before starting TikTok. I was leading youth leadership programs and child development programs. I’ve lead programs around Canada and also in China. I had been a participant in these sorts of programs since I was three years old and when I turned 13, I started getting trained as a leader so that I could lead these programs myself. I also was a national-level gymnast and I did gymnastics for 14 years. That later lead to me being a gymnastics coach for four years.

What gives you hope in 2020?

From what I’ve noticed, since being in quarantine, life seems to moving at a slower pace. I think that could lead to a healthier lifestyle and cause less stress in everyones lives. I’m hopeful that this slower pace will be maintained and shift the way we go about our days.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears

PAPER People: @themanuelsantos

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

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“Whoever said beautiful people can’t be funny was right!” writes Manuel Santos AKA @themanuelsantos in their TikTok bio. Then why are we laughing so hard? The London-based actor and performer is hilarious whether strutting around their bedroom like it’s a runway, giving a wardrobe tour of their treasured Zara heels or dispensing a rosé-fueled pep talk to their devoted followers (or, as they call them, “biatches”).

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💕 now go worship @themanuelsantos !!!

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Which pop star do you most relate to and why?

Beyoncé of course, we’re basically the same person!

If you could write the headline for your profile, what would it be?

Manuel: Extremely hot, skinny, self-centered and quite possibly narcissistic, will never love you as much as they love themselves. Perfect right!

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

Manuel looks sad and desperate, their gaze is directed to their right as they glance off camera to the abyss. Are they pleading?

Where do you want to be five years from now?

On your cover.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

Previously B*tch, but more recently Byatchesz (not the official spelling).

When was the last time you cried?

Last week, contrary to popular belief I am actually capable of experiencing sadness! Although my last cry was of happiness…

Who was your childhood hero and why?

Definitely my future self. I hadn’t met me yet, but I just knew I was going to be THE ONE. (“Jokes” aside, my mother.)

What does your star chart say about you? (Do you agree?)

A lot of things — too many things if you ask me! On the one hand I am someone very confident, opinionated and independent, but I am also consumed by my subconscious as well, so I tend to overthink and self-analyze A LOT.

If you could give $1,000,000 to any charity, what would it be and why?

1 MILLION??? Just a sec, I’m creating a charity for myself as we speak! On a real note, I would split the money and donate it to different charities that support and aid LGBTQ+ people, ESPECIALLY Black trans women! Most of the time, they are left out of the conversation or not even talked about at all, but in today’s society they are the ones who need our voice and support the most! Some charities that come to mind: For The Gworls Party, Marsha P. Johnson Institute and the Black Trans Travel Fund.

What’s your favorite TikTok sound?

My voice!

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears

PAPER People: @xowiejones

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

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With makeup skills that could get her a job doing special effects on a slasher movie and a goth girl wardrobe to match, you can catch Xowie Jones lip syncing to gecs while rocking a vintage Korn t-shirt and creepers. The 21-year-old creator boasts an entire five million followers, all of them devoted to her cult of facial piercings and winged liner. Her videos will convince you to try red eyeshadow, but it probably won’t look as good.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok✨ say hi to @xowiejones 🥰

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What’s your go-to appetizer?

Boneless buffalo wings 🙂

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

A video of my pet rats cleaning themselves.

Which TV shows are helping you survive 2020 and why?

Lucifer! I watch it every night.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I use the B) emoji a lot.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

Invisibility because sometimes I just wanna peace out.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

Going down with it.

Who’s your TikTok crush and why?

@benkro_tv because he’s my boyfriend. Gotta lock ’em down while you can.

What does your (UberEats, Seamless, GrubHub etc) order history look like?

So much Taco Bell.

What was your last text?

“u hungry?” That was to my roommate.

What was the last song you listened to?

“More Human Than Human” by White Zombie.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears