Born on October 6, 2000, Addison Rae is part of the crop of Gen Z stars that have taken over the internet. She first posted on TikTok in July 2019 and has steadily grown in fame since, holding the record for the most followers on TikTok in 2021 and is currently at over 87 million followers, surpassed only by three other accounts. Rae’s status as a popular icon has led to multi-million dollar lucrative deals, movie offers, and even a music single. We will give you all the reasons to celebrate this young star.
Addison Rae was born to Monty Lopez and Sheri Easterling in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has two younger brothers and is of Spanish descent through her father. Rae’s parents split up when she was younger, eventually remarrying in 2017. Both also have active TikTok accounts and frequently feature in Rae’s posts. Since the age of six, Rae was a competitive dancer and competed in championships across the country. She briefly attended Louisiana State University, studying sports broadcasting, before dropping out to pursue her TikTok career in Los Angeles.
In December 2019, a few months after joining TikTok, Rae was inducted into the Hype House, a TikTok collaborative group. Upon gaining over one million followers, she decided to take her social media career more seriously and expanded to other platforms, which led to her signing with talent agency WME in January 2020. In July, she partnered with American Eagle on the brand’s first virtual photoshoot campaign, which she shot in her bedroom. A month later, Forbes reported that Rae was the highest-earning TikTok star. The following October, she confirmed her relationship with fellow TikToker Bryce Hall via social media posts. They broke up the next year. The same year, Rae donated one million in prize money from an all-star tennis tournament to the charity No Kid Hungry.
Rae’s increasing popularity has led to various endorsement deals with companies such as Reebok, L’Oreal, Hollister, and American Eagle. Apart from social media and endorsements, Rae has launched her own cosmetics line, “Item Beauty,” co-founded with beauty startup “Madeby Collective.” She starred in a 2021 remake of the 1999 teen comedy “She’s All That,” and has more recently signed a deal with Netflix. In March 2021, she released her first music single, ‘Obsessed.’ Rae faced some controversy in 2021 that stemmed from speculation about her support for President Donald Trump, but a representative quickly shot it down. From 2020 to 2022, she has been nominated for several popularity awards, winning the 2021 Streamys Lifestyle Award.
In July, Rae downloads the popular app onto her phone and posts her first video.
Rae drops out of Louisiana State University and moves to L.A. to work on her career.
She stars in “He’s All That,” a gender-swapped remake of the cult classic “She’s All That,” opposite Tanner Buchanan.
Rae releases her first music single titled ‘Obsessed,’ which she claims is about self-love.
Why We Love Addison Rae
She paves her own way
At a young age, Rae decided to take her life into her own hands by making bold choices, such as dropping out of school and moving to L.A. At only 21, she already has multiple endorsements, modeling campaigns, a podcast, a movie, a single, and television spots.
She promotes a healthy body type
Rae endorses a positive body image. By not adhering to waif-like beauty standards, she does not influence her followers to aspire to unrealistic physical attributes.
She is a triple threat
Rae recently released a movie and a single in the same year. Already a trained dancer, Rae is now officially a triple threat — she can dance, act and sing.
5 Surprising Facts
Rae did not expect to be famous
She ‘accidentally’ rose to fame when she posted a silly video on TikTok while babysitting and gained 93,000 likes.
She has an unusual nickname
Her father nicknamed her ‘the Kissing Bandit’ because she liked kissing boys.
TikTok fame runs in the family
Rae’s father, mother, and brothers share almost 20 million followers, with five million, 14 million, and 756,000, respectively!
She is pals with Kourtney Kardashian
Rae met Kourtney through the latter’s son, Mason, who is a huge fan and has collaborated several times with her.
She has a song named after her
In March 2022, Australian rapper, Kid Laroi, released a song named after her.
Addison Rae FAQs
How much does Addison Rae make in a year?
According to Forbes, Addison Rae earned $8.5 million in 2021 from her various endorsements and media offers.
What was Addison Rae’s first video on TikTok?
Her first post on TikTok was of her dad, which few people realize.
Does Addison Rae have a tattoo?
Fans speculated whether she had a tattoo after noticing ink-like marks on her abdomen in one of her posts. Addison has not publicly confirmed this, and the tattoo has not been seen since.
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