We’re less than two months into 2021, and social media users have already found themselves fixated on two separate TikTok challenges. Multiple TikTok challenges have emerged and have grabbed our attention this past year, like the Buss It Challenge, the Don’t Rush Challenge, and the Savage Challenge. The#BussItChallengereached peak popularity, but it fizzled out afterChloe Baileynailed it last month—andthe Silhouette Challengequickly took its place.
The #SilhouetteChallenge started as a body-positive movement and empowered women to celebrate their bodies and sensual sides. People of all shapes and sizes began flaunting their frames and received support, admiration, and praise from others on social media. As quickly as it went viral, though, it lost its appeal as some started sharing tips and tutorialsto remove the red filter to expose people’s naked bodies without their consent. There are still safe ways to participate in the challenge, however, so it’s not too late to jump in. Here’s a breakdown of how the Silhouette Challenge began and what you need to know before creating your own.
The viral challenge has had many people mesmerized as women, and some men, show off their figures with the help of a red light filter and a doorway. The person starts the video off with a smooth Paul Anka song before transitioning into “Streets” byDoja Cat. They then strip down and strike different poses to show their curves’ silhouette with the red filter’s help.
While the #BussItChallenge showed women transforming and putting on their best clothes with full-on glam, this trend strips the person down to focus solely on their shapes and their silhouettes. The challenge requires participants to film two separate videos of themselves and then combine them while using audio fromTikTok. The videos start with the person standing in front of the camera in regular lighting while wearing casual clothes, with some choosing to wear robes and pajamas, as Anka sings, “Put your hand on my shoulder.”
The music then transitions into the “Streets” beat, and the camera filter turns red. The lighting perfectly shows off every curve as the participants strike different poses while standing in a doorway using an outside light source to create a shadow effect. Some chose to do it fully nude, leaving little to the imagination, while others wore underwear or bikinis.
The songs are an essential part of the challenge
The challenge uses a mash-up of two songs that TikTok user @giuliadinicolantonio created and shared on Jan. 17. The challenge starts with Paul Anka’s 1959 song “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” which creates a casual and relaxed ambiance. When the transition begins, Doja Cat’s “Streets” starts playing as the person’s clothes come off, and they pose in ways that best show off their silhouettes.
The rapper’s song from her albumHot Pinkisclimbing the Billboard chartsthanks to the TikTok challenge. It broke into the Hot 100 earlier this month for the first time since its November 2019 release. It has since jumped to the No. 25 spot. The track is also currently at No. 10 on Spotify’s Top 200 list.
On Jan. 14, TikTok user @yoelise uploaded a video showing off an unedited photo of herself posing in an open doorway, followed by an edited version of the image that turned her body into a silhouette with a red background. The video amassed more than 1.8 million views in less than a month, and she has since shared step-by-step tutorials on how to accomplish the edit.
Vin rogue filter on snap chat gotta have lighting from behind the door for proper effect. I hope this helps and tag me if you try it 😌 pic.twitter.com/SJuqzFr6GR