Charli D'Amelio opens up about harassment and body-shaming

Charli D’Amelio is just 16 years old and has 82 million followers on TikTok — the most of anyone on the app. She has been speaking out quite a bit in recent months about her experience with harassment and body-shaming online. In a 25-minute interview on her family’s YouTube channel, Charli admitted that her fame has her constantly worried about making mistakes. “If you have followers, you’re not considered a person,” she confessed. “You’re just a thing that people get to judge and objectify and call names and bully”. Charli said comments about her body can be particularly painful because she’s a dancer who has had to deal with that highly personal criticism her entire life. “Hearing that from hundreds of people online, it hurts,” she added. “It’s not your place to tell me if I’m losing weight or gaining weight,” she said. “Why don’t we all just be respectful and understand that we should just be kind and uplift everyone instead of trying to bring others down”