We’ve only been in the year 2021 for a little more than two months, yet social media users have already become obsessed with two different TikTok challenges. Several TikTok challenges have evolved and captured our attention over the course of the past year, including the Buss It Challenge, the Don’t Rush Challenge, and the Savage Challenge, among others.
It reached its zenith when Chloe Bailey completed the #BussItChallenge last month, but it swiftly faded away, and the Silhouette Challenge quickly supplanted it.
Originally, the #SilhouetteChallenge was intended to be a body-positive movement that encouraged women to embrace their bodies and sensual aspects. People of all shapes and sizes began to flaunt their frames on social media, and they received encouragement, admiration, and appreciation from their followers.
As fast as it gained popularity, however, it began to lose its attractiveness as individuals began to share techniques and videos on how to remove the red filter from photos, thereby exposing people’s naked bodies without their consent.
The challenge is still open, and there are safe methods to engage, so it is not too late to join in. A detailed explanation of how the Silhouette Challenge got started, as well as information on what you need to know before participating.
What is #SilhouetteChallenge?
In the viral challenge, women and some men use red light filters and a doorway to show off their bodies in front of a large audience. It begins with a nice Paul Anka tune before switching to Doja Cat’s “Streets.” The red filter aids in highlighting their curves by allowing them to strip down to their underwear.
In contrast to the #BrushItChallenge, this trend is all about focusing on a person’s structure and silhouette rather than morphing into a full-blown glam person. Filming two videos of oneself and combining them with audio from TikTok is required for this assignment.
People appear in front of a camera in casual attire, with some opting to wear robes and pyjamas, as Anka sings, “Put your hand on my shoulder,” in ordinary lighting. In a sudden change of pace, the music switches to a red-tinged “Streets” beat.
While standing in a doorway, the shadows cast by an outside light source perfectly show off the participants’ curves as they change their positions. Those who went completely bare left little to the imagination; those who wore underwear or bikinis left more to the imagination.
How Did This Challenge Begin?
In a video posted on Jan. 14, TikTok user @yoelise showed off an unedited photo of herself posing in an open doorway, followed by an edited version of the image in which her figure was made into a silhouette against a red background.
In less than a month, the video had more than 1.8 million views, and she has since offered step-by-step tutorials on how to complete the edit on her YouTube channel.
The Songs Are Essential to the Challenge
TikTok user @giuliadinicolantonio composed and published a mashup of two songs on Jan. 17 for this challenge. A laid-back and carefree mood is set by Paul Anka’s 1959 song “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” as the opening theme. It begins when the person’s clothing falls off and they position in a way that best shows their silhouettes to Doja Cat’s “Street.”
The TikTok challenge has helped the rapper’s song from her album Hot Pink rise to the top of the Billboard album charts. It made its first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since its release in November of last year. Since then, it has risen to the 25th position. On Spotify’s Top 200 chart, the song is presently No. 10.