TikTok Influencer Dixie D’Amelio on Her Famous Sister Charli: ‘I Don’t Want to Do What She’s Doing’

While Charli D’Amelio may be known as “queen of TikTok,” Dixie D’Amelio, Charli’s older sister, is not exactly in Charli’s shadow. Dixie D’Amelio has paved her own path on TikTok. The 18-year-old social media star confirmed in recent interviews that she wants to do her own thing, rather than copy her TikTok-famous sister.

Dixie D’Amelio is handling her own career path at age 18

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Charli D’Amelio and Dixie D’Amelio at the Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 | STEVEN FERDMAN/AFP via Getty Images

In a recent interview with Insider, Dixie D’Amelio described how she found her way to TikTok fame. She says it was totally unintentional.

“I was just watching [TikTok] like everyone else,” she said. The publication continued on the quick turnaround:

Within just a few months, she would become one of the most famous teenagers on the internet and her younger sister, Charli, would star in a Super Bowl commercial and become the most-followed TikTok account … on the short-form video app.

While Charli D’Amelio is a competitive dancer — and many of her viral videos feature the 16-year-old dancing — Dixie is doing something different.

“I just try to show my personality, because I’m not a dancer, and a big portion of [TikTok] is dancing,” D’Amelio told Insider. She went on about her younger sister:

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Addison Rae, Dixie D’Amelio, and Charli D’Amelio at the 2020 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at United Center in Chicago, Illinois | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

And also, Charli and I are two different people, and we’ve always tried to never be in competition. I don’t want to do what she’s doing. I don’t want to be a dancer, because that’s her thing and I have my thing.

The content creator was into singing and acting before TikTok

18-year-old D’Amelio has different interests. For example, theater. Insider reported that through school and community productions, Dixie appeared in over 20 plays or musicals — “including The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Aladdin.” Throughout her childhood, the future TikTok celebrity also took voice lessons. D’Amelio told the publication:

I’ve done theater all my life, so being involved in acting and singing is so exciting, because I’m finally getting the opportunity where I can show things that I’m interested in, but to an audience who wants to see it, which is just so humbling. I’m so grateful for it.

Dixie eventually moved on to sports, “running track and playing field hockey in high school.”

However, D’Amelio hasn’t stopped acting; she recently was cast on a YouTube show from Brat TV called Attaway General.

The TikTok influencer has different dreams than her sister, Charli D’Amelio

“Being able to do comedy, or skits, or just talking on TikTok is kind of my lane and where I stay,” Dixie D’Amelio explained about her content.

While the D’Amelio sisters often post videos together, “Dixie and Charli are both actively working to cultivate their own brands.”

For example, when the D’Amelios had the chance to talk to Jennifer Lopez “during the Super Bowl in February, D’Amelio said she tried not to ‘get involved’ and ‘let [Charli] do her own thing.'”

The D'Amelio family of TikTok fame
Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Heidi D’Amelio, and Marc D’Amelio attend the 9th Annual NFL Honors in February 2020 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Why TikTok Stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio ‘Stepped Away’ From the Hype House

The TikTok creators now have their own sponsorships, too. As Insider pointed out: recently, the “skincare company Dermalogica named D’Amelio an ambassador for the Clear Start product line.”

“TikTok is an app where people love personalities and being original,” D’Amelio told the publication. Certainly, Dixie D’Amelio is putting in the effort to be original — to stand out from her famous sister, but also just to be herself.