Name: Serena Shahidi, a.k.a. @glamdemon2004
Location: New York
Following: 410,000 on TikTok
Content: Serena Shahidi is a TikTok creator known for her frank and comedic videos about dating, and navigating life in New York City in your early 20s. She also shares book recommendations, Twitter threads and YouTube videos she enjoys. “I cast a wide net when it comes to the type of content I make,” she said.
A frequent topic of her videos are scammers and “girlbosses,” including Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of Theranos. “Girlboss been through quite the internet cycle because it started off a genuine feminist thing,” she said. “And then, as it was being critiqued, it went into this ironic concept.” Now, she added, it is somewhere between ironic and not. When asked if she would consider herself a girlboss, Ms. Shahidi replied, “I’d like to think so.”
Before fame: She began posting TikTok videos last spring while quarantining in her windowless room in a nine-bedroom apartment in downtown Manhattan. Ms. Shahidi, who grew up in suburban North Carolina, came to New York City when she was 18 to pursue a career in fashion and, until recently, was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
But she has since dropped out to become a social media creator and comedian. Last August, Ms. Shahidi created a podcast titled “Let Me Ruin Your Life.” She makes money through sponsorships and selling shout-outs on Cameo.
“I love comedy,
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