Don’t feel old, it’s okay if you had to Google Rickey Thompson. If you are of the generation Z crowd, then Rickey Thompson might already be on your radar. You might have seen one of his dancing Instagram posts. If not, we are going to remedy that situation, and tell you why you should jump on the Rickey Thompson fan wagon.
Who is Rickey Thompson?
Rickey is a twenty-three-year-old social media influencer who gained a following practically overnight when Kyle Jenner in 2017 posted one of his Vines (a now-defunct platform). After Kylie’s lip kit kiss of approval, the then seventeen-year-old had amassed 2.5 million followers. People were just as addicted to his funny and quick quips about life as Kylie. I mean major ROFL.
With Vine gone, Rickey found a new home for his comedic sketches, relationship rants, and body affirmative butt slapping dance seshs, on YouTube. Rickey Thompson has over 1 million YouTube Subscribers. And, he has a celeb following on Instagram with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Sam Smith.
From his childhood bedroom in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rickey Thompson ferreted himself a burgeoning career in entertainment all off his phone’s camera. Rickey’s story of success is an affirmation that you can be successful by being who you are. Rickey’s story also gives credence to the power of influencers in this era and their entrepreneurial sensibilities. Rickey still does all his postings off his phone, just in between his shooting for the YouTube Red series, Foursome and walking the runway for Alexander Wang. Rickey currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His dance postings amid his bedroom shrine of 90s teen pop music icons on Instagram are infectious in their energy. As a once self-professed shy kid, Ricky Thompson is proof positive, glowing-up is possible.
Rickey Thompson Shows Us How to Be Yourself Online
His very first YouTube Video, “ME TAG!!!,” really says it all. Rickey has remained true to himself and his brand from the get-go. And, that’s why people like him: he is authentic and relatable. As he says in that first post, he is unabashed by his loves of Bojangles chicken and money. His fans who have been monitoring his progress, can attest that the social media star still loves all those things and more.
Rickey’s sister and best friend Denzel Dion@denzeldion make regular cameos in his postings. For Halloween, the duo paraded as Beyonce and Jay-Z while dancing to “Crazy in Love,” and it did not disappoint. Rickey was a performer in high school but has said in interviews that he was recently turned onto fashion and the beauty game.
He’s got Fashion Game
He touts that he is thankful for his newfound success and that his mother instilled him the good sense to put money into savings. Rickey is a positive role model. Despite loving money, he doesn’t believe flashing brand names will make you happy. The fashion guru loves thrifting. Buzzfeed even published Rickey’s and Denzel’s trends that had to go for 2018. And, number 1 was $500 Gucci Slippers. The social media star has been featured in teen vogue and photographed with Anna Wintour. What more do you need to stop the Gucci madness?
Rickey in his career has been smart in noting the lack of real or authentic content being produced. People promote fake lives on Instagram. One of his favorite known influencers his, of course, Cardi B because she is who she is at face value. Rickey came out on Twitter in 2016 and was honored by landing the cover of Gay Times 500th issue for 2019. It was also a milestone for his career when he joined Laverne Cox in the H&M campaign “Stay True Stay You.”
Rickey Thompson’s Content is Pure Joy
Rickey Thompson’s content is positive and full of confidence and self-affirmation, which can be rare in our digital era. He is someone who uses the camera as his mirror. He loves to flirt with his viewers. Hey gorgeous. Hey, sexy. Rickey is a good role model and reminds us to be kind to ourselves.
Also, his content is hilarious and fun! It’s hard not to want to join his videoed dance seshs. (If only we all had his killer moves.) Personally, I love it when Rickey is in love with his new boots. Who doesn’t’ feel the same level of excitement with their new fashion purchases? Be sure to follow him on Instagram@RickeyThompson.
He’s a Voice of Our Generation
Rickey Thompson’s content is smart in being short and to the point. He gives authentic, relatable monologues, which people have gravitated towards. Whether he is talking about relationships or ranting about the latest ridiculous trend, he is doing so in a way that is true to who Rickey is. You can subscribe to Rickey’s YouTube channel. You can also catch his Harper Bazaar’s YouTube Series Royal Tea with Rickey Thompson for all of shade on the other side of the pond. Rickey beats his infamous pot and pan to help spill the tea. Also, Rickey’s “Everything You Need to Know About the Crown” is a crown jewel. Speaking of royals, if Meghan Markle is your girl, read our article on one of her humanitarian efforts for girls around the world (team Meghan, for sure).