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‘Everyone thinks this little old lady is hysterical’: the older TikTok stars with millions of followers

By Michael Segalov

10 Sep 2022 · 12 min read

Editor's Note

A lot has been written about teen TikTok stars. The Guardian profiles five grandparents who boast of million-plus TikTok followers and what keeps them ticking.

‘Apparently I’m an influencer now. Who does that in their 90s?’: Lillian Droniak, 92 (grandma_droniak), 4.7m followers

TikTok? Why not? That is my motto. Making our channel was my grandson Kevin’s idea from the start. It’s his fault that I’ve got nearly 5m followers. We were just sitting in the kitchen one day and he filmed me chatting. I can barely remember what I said – I think something about clocks? That’s what I thought he was telling me to do: tick tock, a clock! It was meant to be a joke, but overnight that video got 1m views or something ridiculous.

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