TikTok Star Addison Rae Claps Back at Body Shamers

In the immortal words of Taylor Swift: haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. While that is definitely true in the world of social media, it doesn’t mean that influencers are giving in to the negativity. After recently facing a wave of body shamers, TikTok phenom Addison Rae Easterling (@addisonre on TikTok) responded to the internet trolls with a surprising message.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a wildly popular video sharing platform. The app offers users tools such as filters and music clips to easily create their own content. Fifteen-second videos come in an actually endless stream and feature everything including dance, pets, sports, and gaming.

While the bulk of TikTok users fall into a younger age category, major celebrities like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Jennifer Lopez also use the app. Rihanna even went one step beyond just using the app and set up the collaborative Fenty Beauty TikTok House.

“Collab houses” are nothing new in the age of influencers, but like everything with TikTok, it seems like collectives for content creators are popping up even more rapidly than before. The houses provide a space for TikTok stars to work together making videos and share ideas. Other groups include the Hype House and Sway House.

Who is Addison Rae Easterling?

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Nineteen-year-old Addison Rae Easterling took TikTok by storm with her very first post. Of her instant rise to fame, she says: “I actually downloaded the app in July, made a post with a friend, and literally out of nowhere it got … 93,000 likes, and I was like woah. I like this!”

Easterling currently has 36.6 million followers on the app and 13.9 million on Instagram, at the time of publication. However, she is not the only member of her family to become a social media sensation.

Easterling’s mother Sheri Easterling (@sherinicolee) has over 5 million followers, and her father and brothers have a combined following of close to 2 million.

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I know that you got me forever <3

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Easterling is a member of the Hype House, even though she doesn’t live in the mansion with the rest of the crew. She was recently rumored to be dating fellow internet celebrity Bryce Hall, but both have since said that they are just friends.

In an interview for ET, Easterling said: “We love each so much and we love being around each other and we’re super good friends. For now, it’s best that we just stay that way.”

Addison Rae Easterling claps back at body shamers

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And the peaches and the mangos that you could sell for me

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Overnight night fame isn’t all good, though. Recently, Easterling took to Twitter to comment on an onslaught of negative comments on her physical appearance.

According to the TikTok sensation, commenters were calling her “a whale” and saying “she’s fat now.” Rather than getting down in the mud with the haters, Easterling took the high road saying she is feeling hurt but motivated to make healthy changes in her life.

After addressing her own feelings, Easterling went on to call for her followers to embrace who they are. “I just want to encourage everyone who hears these things about themselves to love yourself,” wrote Easterling. “If you are healthy and happy, do NOT listen to these hurtful comments. you are perfect.”

Easterling kept the body-positive theme rolling. A little later, she tweeted: “anyways, put that outfit/swimsuit on that you like and DANCE! because if you’re happy and healthy that’s all that matters.”

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HAPPY EARTH DAY! Treat the earth (and people) with kindness✨

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While these hurtful comments are most likely not the last mean things people will say about Easterling on the internet, it seems like we can most likely count on the 19-year-old to “always choose kindness.” It’s definitely no coincidence that that phrase currently appears in Sheri Easterling’s TikTok bio. Addison Rae Easterling clearly got her compassionate attitude from her mama.