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.

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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.

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Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears

PAPER People: @angelknives13

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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Kim Fernandez AKA @angelknives13‘s hyper-specific POV videos and cosplays (“ur an immortal vampire who has found someone who looks like your first love… ur confusing her LMAOO”) have her hundreds of thousands of TikTok fans simping in the comments. The 19-year-old is also a gamer streaming on Twitch, where you can watch her kill and cruise on Grand Theft Auto or just chat. She’s also really good at singing? Check out her take on “Toxic,” inspired by the Melanie Martinez version. Dream girl.

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Which dating app have you had the most luck on? How so?

TikTok! I actually met my girlfriend on there. As funny as it sounds, it really is the best way to get a feel for someone [rather] than actual apps that were made for dating in my opinion. You can get a sense of someone’s humor, vibe/ aesthetic, see them showcase exactly what they’re passionate about. It can be a very personal — yet public — video archive of your individuality and artistic expression.

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

I take popular movie/ TV romance tropes and make them gay 🙂

Where do you want to be five years from now?

I’ll be in LA hopefully getting steady work as an actor and having fun, taking part in projects that I’m passionate about and speak to me.

Which TV shows are helping you survive 2020 and why?

Killing Eve and the Harley Quinn show are my go to when I have the time to sit down and watch something. I’m in love with the passion, tension, darkness and intensity in Killing Eve. As for the Harley Quinn show, she’s one of my favorite characters of all time so it’s a show that just brings me a lot of comfort, great for when I just wanna chill.

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

I’d love to have the power to teleport. I love going to new places but I hate the traveling and flying it takes to get there. Then I could see my favorite person with the snap of my fingers no matter where they may find themselves.

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

I was in a Zoom class bored out of my mind and I had my camera and mic off, so I figured I’d film a funny POV on tiktok to some sad song just for a kick. When I started filming, I failed to realize that I accidentally unmuted my mic while my teacher was going through some slides and it was fine at first. It just sounded like I was sad and opening up to everyone in class out of nowhere and apparently my teacher asked if I was okay, but I had muted my laptop’s volume at that point. I started saying inappropriate things that should not be said in a recorded Zoom class; it was 15 seconds of agony that I didn’t even know everyone was going through until one of my friends in my class started spamming my phone saying that my mic wasn’t muted. I audibly gasped with a horrified look on my face. Then after I muted myself again I had the craziest of laugh attacks. It’d been a while since I laughed that hard, oh my god.

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

I’m still in college majoring in acting, so I’d just focus on bettering myself and the craft. I’d probably find another platform to post things when I need an outlet like TikTok to express myself artistically. I also stream on Twitch, so I’d like to keep doing that as well.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

I was beyond shocked. I blew up with video of me as the school’s resident delinquent poking fun at and flirting with the class nerd (the audience). I couldn’t believe that people enjoyed me talking to the camera that much. It for sure felt very rewarding.

What was the last song you listened to?

“Meet Me Halfway” by the Black Eyed Peas.

What is your most irrational fear?

I’m scared of mirrors sometimes. Especially at night, I’m afraid my reflection will start moving on its own and try to kill me or that a monster will appear from the back of me or that a serial killer will come out from behind the shower curtain and murder me. Vivid imaginations aren’t so fun when they’re bored.

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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: @shreksdumpster

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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19-year-old TikTok creator Sarah Lugor’s handle is… @shreksdumpster. Need we say more? Whether she’s going off about how her mom won’t let her dress like a grandma or creating relatable college COVID content, she’s always on point. Lugor started out on TikTok in 2018 and became an official TikTok creator ambassador this year, complete with neon plaque memorializing her amazing handle. We can’t wait to see where she goes next.

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What was your first reaction after going viral?

Shock, I still don’t think I have processed the idea of being an influencer and having THAT many people see you and tune into your life. It’s a surreal experience for sure.

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

I’m a Pisces sun, Capricorn moon and Sagittarius rising. This basically says I’m a creative crybaby that has a tendency to relate to people on an emotional level. I’d like to agree; I find a lot of comfort in reading into horoscopes. It’s really fun!

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

Uhhhh, I’m not really attached to any physical places, but when it ends I’d like to be content with what I’ve accomplished and surrounded by those I love.

Who was your childhood hero?

As cheesy as it sounds, my mom. She’s been through hell and back, and continues to be loving and kind and I really admired that as a kid, still do.

What is your most irrational fear?

Being haunted by something evil. Idk the idea of being followed by something that has an upper hand on you is mad scary. Because what are you really supposed to do? Punch it???? Good luck.

What gives you hope in 2020?

The younger generation banding together to help each other out. It’s really cool to see things like crowdfunding and other group efforts to get each other support.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

Happy, organized and successful! I have a few aspirations I want to see through, like modeling, acting and making music. I hope to be able to accomplish at least one and be able to help those out around me.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I say “not me” or “not you” before EVERYTHING. Not me being repetitive…

What was the last song you listened to?

“No Plan” by Hozier — certified BANGER.

When was the last time you cried?

Probably today LMFAOOO. I found I feel better when I just cry when my body wants to. It’s a good release especially when I’m stressed.

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

Photography: SJ Spreng

PAPER People: @punker_irl

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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Think of Syd, AKA @punker_irl, as TikTok’s Manic Panic product representative. He’s reworking the mall goth look for Gen Z and gaining millions of fans while doing it. Hit follow to watch him raise mental health awareness while recreating Just Dance routines, lip sync to everyone from Doja Cat to Lil Peep, and even single handedly save the USPS by offering a PO box for fans to send letters to and promising to write back. Sometimes in full clown makeup.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💕 We all want to be @punker_irl 🥺✨

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What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

My favorite animal social media account is @Monkeys400 and the #MonkeyMonday because they make me happy.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

My favorite appetizer is Mozzarella sticks.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I use this made-up phrase that my friends and I used to say in middle school. Instead of saying, “On god,” we would say, “On baby.”

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

I think the most embarrassing thing I’ve done is sign up for TikTok.

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

I am a Scorpio, i have a Pisces moon and my rising sign is a Capricorn, so this means I’m very moody, I wear a “mask” when meeting or talking to people, and I have a very strong urge to solve problems and get over them as fast as I can.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

When I first went viral my only two emotions were terrified and embarrassed.

What’s your favorite TikTok sound?

My favorite one is the “asdf” audio that goes like, “Ahh I’m a muffin it’s muffin time, who wants a muffin?” — very silly, very funny.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

When the world ends, I would like to be with my friends because I wanna be with the people who make me the happiest.

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

My order history is literally just boba and s’mores blizzards from Dairy Queen.

What was the last song you listened to?

The last song I listened to was “Francis Forever” by Mitski.

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

PAPER People: @snarkymarky

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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Picture your high school class clown, except actually funny and also really, really internet famous. That’s Mark Gaetano, AKA @snarkymarky. The 18-year-old Toronto native has perfected the art of imitating both teachers and students in his POV clips. He’s also made significant and hilarious contributions to the ongoing Karen discourse, inspired by his experiences working at a grocery store and serving shitty customers. A study hall legend.

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Which TV shows are helping you survive 2020 and why?

Big Brother is getting me through 2020! Big Brother is a live show with live feeds that you can watch 24/7. I watch them almost every day or whenever I’m bored. It definitely keeps me entertained! Outer Banks was also great too!

What was your last text?

“That’s my new!” sent to my mom, because she found my new debit card in her car. I got it two days ago. I got a new one because I lost my old one. Here we go again!

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

I actually hate being the center of attention and I am nothing like I am in my videos. People are scared of me because I scream and yell in my videos. I promise, I’m not like that! I’d consider myself to be an ambivert!

What was the last song you listened to?

“Club” by Kelsea Ballerini. I love her so much.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

I would love to get into acting, or be a correspondent on a talk show. But if my online career doesn’t last as long as that, I would love a job at the United Nations. I’m a freshman in college and I’m studying international relations! I’ve always loved learning about the world, and different cultures, so I’d love a career in that field!

In one word, how would you sum up the internet?

Out-Of-Control. If I use hyphens, that counts as one word, right?

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

TikTok getting banned would be… terrible. But, I would try shifting my platform onto YouTube and do some videos there. But Instagram Reels has been super amazing. It’s reached some new audiences, and I was recently just featured on it!

What is your most irrational fear?

I feel like someone is watching me at ALL times. I feel like there’s cameras and microphones picking up on my every move. It’s really strange. Maybe it’s all the Big Brother I’m watching that’s causing this fear.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

Nachos! Or mozzarella sticks. Anything cheesy!

Who was your childhood hero and why?

Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus. I always thought it was super cool how she was an “ordinary girl,” but had a secret side to her. She was an average high school student, but also a pop star. I wanted to be her so bad.

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


PAPER People: @iconiccpinkk

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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On her extremely popular channel, 22-year-old Munera Fahiye AKA @iconiccpinkk shows the many advantages to wearing a hijab: you can covertly wear AirPods during class, store extra stuff in it and use it as a prop to create seamless duet videos on TikTok. Whether she’s dancing to “Money Trees” or accidentally going out to lunch during Ramadan, Munera is a must follow. She also has an amazing singing voice, even if her sister thinks it sounds like a dying mosquito.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💥 say hello to our queen @iconiccpinkk 💕

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What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

My favorite animal account is @thatlittlepuff on Tiktok. I really love the videos on there because it’s a little cute cat cooking stuff and I am obsessed with cats.

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

It’s a picture of my baby brother on his birthday. He looks so happy I love him.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

With my family eating popcorn and watching a movie.

What gives you hope in 2020?

I love seeing this generation fight for what’s right and we are using social media to demand the changes that should’ve happened a long time ago.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

It was exciting and scary at the same time. I was getting so many nice comments and it was heartwarming to see. A lot of people from my school started recognizing me from my videos and that was also really cool.

What was your last text?

It’s a text to my brother asking him to get me some taco bell.

In one word, how would you sum up the internet?

Wild.

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

The ability to fly. When I was a kid I would take random objects and turn them into wings because I always wanted to fly for some reason.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I feel like I say “it is what it is” a lot because if something happens that I have no control over I just let it go and forget about it.

Describe your best night in this quarantine.

It’s having fun with my sisters and playing video games.

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

PAPER People: @ladyefron

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).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet the 20 TikTokers We Love

Gather around, because Brooke Averick AKA @ladyefron (yes, as in Zac Efron’s wannabe wife) is the master of storytime. Whether she’s narrating the incidentals of her daily life, recalling a deeply embarrassing (or it would be, to most people) middle school moment or straight up reading from her 2009 diary, you’ll want to hear literally everything the 24-year-old creator has to say. Her comic timing is impeccable, her sense of shame nonexistent and her messages to her haters unapologetic. Dig deep for the Bar Mitzvah content, it’s worth it.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💥 Tip your fedoras to @ladyefron 💕💕

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What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

Definitely @wolfgang2242. It’s run by a guy named Steve who exclusively adopts senior dogs (he also has a pig, chicken and turkey) and finally gives them their forever home. Follow at your own risk because every time one of the dogs dies I can’t get out of bed for a week.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

Chips and guac every time.

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

The last photo on my phone is a screenshot from Google of Pauly D from Jersey Shore without hair gel.

Which TV shows are helping you survive 2020 and why?

New Girl and The Office. I’ve seen them each over 10 times all the way through, but they’re a huge source of comfort for me which is what we all need in 2020.

When was the last time you cried?

Honestly 10 minutes ago when my Chipotle was delivered and they forgot the guac.

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

I’d donate all the money to different teachers and schools. Having been a preschool teacher for two years, I know how hard teachers work and how little they get in return.

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

I’ll restart The Office and New Girl.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

I quit my job. Hindsight’s always 20/20.

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

Not being able to edit captions after you post. 90% of my posts are riddled with typos.

What’s the worst zodiac sign?

I’ve never met a mentally stable Gemini. Let the records show that I’m a Gemini.

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