Gavin Thomas Bio

Gavin Thomas is an American social media star. Check out this biography to know about his family, personal life, including his age, birthday, etc.

Quick Facts

Birthday: October 29, 2010

Nationality: American

Age: 9 Years

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Born in: Minnesota

Famous as: Social Media Star


mother: Kate

siblings: Hadley

U.S. State: Minnesota

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Gavin Thomas is an American social media star. He is best known for his viral ‘fake smile’ expression. Thomas started hogging the limelight when he became an overnight internet sensation in China. His Weibo account, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, amassed over 1.8 million followers within four months from the date of its creation. Gavin Thomas has since won millions of hearts in China and has even visited the country twice to acknowledge the admiration of his fans. Gavin’s popularity can be credited to the makers of his GIFs. As of now, the GIFs featuring Gavin Thomas have been used more than a billion times across various social media platforms in China. Riding on his popularity, Gavin has secured a contract with the Chinese multinational conglomerate company ‘Tencent.’ He is also popular back home in the US, as he has thousands of followers on platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

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Rise to Fame
  • Gavin Thomas was born on October 29, 2010, in Minnesota, USA. When he was just two years old, his uncle Nick Mastodon posted a few videos of Gavin on Vine. Some of Gavin’s funny facial expressions caught the attention of internet enthusiasts, who turned them into memes and GIFs. The one expression that stood out was his fake smile and many people started using it to express indifference and awkwardness. By the time he was five, Gavin’s expressions had become extremely popular on the internet. His memes and GIFs were tweeted by celebrities like Katy Perry. He soon started gathering followers on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. As of now, his Twitter account has more than 450,000 followers, while his Instagram page has over 656,000 followers. He also has a YouTube channel, which has more than 15,000 subscribers.
  • Gavin Thomas received his big breakthrough in July 2018, when he created a Weibo account. His expressions became very popular within a few days and he was invited to China in August by a popular Chinese fashion brand. His visit to China was reported by the local media and the Chinese started calling him ‘jia xiao nan hai,’ which can be translated to ‘fake smile boy.’ In November, he was once again invited to China and was signed by ‘Tencent,’ which released a sticker pack inspired by his smile and also featured him in its video app, Yoo. Gavin also has a store on the popular online shopping site ‘Taobao,’ which sells products like mobile phone cases. Explaining his popularity in China, Ann Ding, the founder of a prominent distributor of online GIFs, has said that Gavin’s memes and GIFs are commonly used when one needs to express an awkward situation. According to Gavin’s mother, people have even claimed that her son’s smile has the power to brighten up their day.
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Personal Life & Family
  • Gavin Thomas’ social media accounts are currently being managed by his mother, Kate Thomas. Gavin has a sister named Hadley. She has made a few public appearances alongside her famous brother. Gavin likes spending time with his uncle Nick Mastodon, who was a popular Vine star, before the short-form video hosting service went defunct. It was Nick Mastodon, who introduced his nephew to the world of social media. Gavin Thomas, who has not looked back since the release of his first Vine video, wants to become a famous YouTuber. His self-titled YouTube channel already has some impressive videos. Gavin is currently being managed by a talent and literary management company called ‘Settebello Entertainment.’ He lives in Minneapolis, where he attends a local school.
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