Women in South Asia are lip syncing for their lives on TikTok

Dazed, April 2019

“One hour before leaving the house every day, I make TikToks,” says Sarah Gill, a 23-year-old TikTok user in Pakistan. “Then I post them over the next few days.” Gill is a medical student and transgender rights activist who works as a dancer, model, and sex worker. She enjoys TikTok – which she describes as “like another job” – and has 30,000 followers.

Chinese video-sharing app TikTok (previously Musical.ly) has become a craze among teenagers and young people around the world, with its lipsyncing videos spreading fast across social media and giving birth to millions of memes. Globally, 41 per cent of TikTok’s so-called “musers” are between 16 and 24…

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