Dustin ‘Danny’ Blake is a social media personality who is immensely popular on the app TikTok app. With a disarming smile and engaging personality, this teenage TikTok star and Instagram star is popular among the netizens for several reasons. Danny identifies himself as agender, Social media, for him, is not only a mean of expression and communication, but a set of keys for opening doors to self-exploration. As a member of the LGBTQ community, he has faced his share of struggles and still face problems in social settings stemming out of rampant discrimination against the LGBTQ community. However, instead of letting the hardships embitter him, he has faced all his challenges with tremendous courage and has emerged stronger. As a popular social media personality, he has made it a point to share his own tales of struggles and triumphs with his fans in order to encourage and motivate them.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
It began for Danny like it begins for almost everyone else, in obscurity. He was like any other regular pre-teen attending school, worried about grades and homework. He started posting content on TikTok as a part of ‘Blake Boys’ group alongside his twin, Justin, and their friend, Damon. The three of them shot into fame with their respective TikTok accounts. Danny has more than 460K followers on the app. Over 177K people follow him on Instagram, and he has more than 13K followers on Twitter as well. His YouTube channel is also quite active, with over 690K views and 47K subscribers. His fans are known as ‘paperclips’. Danny is an avid cosplayer. He regularly posts photographs of himself cosplaying as Link from ‘Legend of Zelda’, or Chat Noir from ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir’, or as Harry Potter. As a part of the ‘Blake Boys,’ he posts skits, challenges, and Q&As.
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What Makes Danny Blake So Special
The level of self-awareness Danny has as a teenager is something even older adults struggle to achieve. As Danny clarifies in the first video he ever posted on YouTube in November 2015, “To be happy you have to love yourself... I am a confident person. I am not afraid to admit that. I am not egotistical. I am not conceited. I am confident.” According to him, his confidence does not come from internet fame, but from his willingness to love himself. He also implores his audience not to make other people happy at the expense of their own happiness.
He, once posted a series of three videos called ‘Positive Posts’ (named ‘Self-Acceptance’, ‘Anxiety,’ and ‘Dysphoria’). In ‘Self-Acceptance,’ he explained the significance of whole-heartedly accepting oneself the way they are. In ‘Anxiety’, Danny delves into his personal life, giving an earnest account of his own experience with anxiety. He reads, writes, cosplay, and creates content to deal with his anxiety. In ‘Dysphoria’, the theme continues with Danny talking about the dissatisfaction of someone who considers himself more as a boy being trapped in a girl’s body. He is planning to start oestrogen-blocking treatment soon. Sharing such personal experiences online and giving a candid account of his own struggles helps his viewers connect with him on a personal level.
Danny Blake was born on February 1, 2000 in the state of Minnesota, USA. Beside Justin, he also have an older brother, Jacob. He is dating a boy named Alex who has appeared in his YouTube and TikTok videos. Unlike Justin who loves country music, it seems Danny is into pop, to which he lip-syncs in most of his TikTok videos.