Just shy of 100,000 followers and a whopping 3.3 million likes on her posts, Kirstel Giusti is arguably Malta’s biggest Tik Toker by far. We spoke to the young dancer about the app, her hobbies and everything in between.
Business student and dancer by day, Malta’s top Tik Toker by night, Kirstel definitely knows what she’s doing on the video-sharing app.
She first started using TikTok towards the end of the Musical.ly era, before the app was bought out and changed into TikTok as we know it today.
The reason behind Kirstel’s leap into the TikTok universe was personal motivation.
“I wanted to do something creative on social media,” she told Lovin Malta, “because I had just emerged from a time where I was very much controlled.”
Kirstel thought the best way for her to show off what she had to offer was the app. She knew her strengths and as she puts it: “back then, TikTok let me show them”.
What Kirstel enjoys most about the app is the variety of content it allows its users to create. The app rose to popularity in recent months with users sharing lip-sync attempts of cult classic movies and memed pop music, with October seeing a slew of dance covers of a remixed version of Spooky Scary Skeletons from Disney’s 1929 Scary Symphonies series uploaded to the app for Halloween.
In true Maltese hospitable fashion, Kirstel even took to TikTok to show her followers how she mastered her own take on the video idea.
“One thing I love a lot about the app is the explore page which inspires me through different creators’ content, while also entertaining me at the same time.”
One of Kirstel’s most popular videos is a hair whip to the tune of 50 Cent’s Candy Shop.
We asked Kirstel to share a few of her favourite videos she’s done so far and these were her three top picks.
We asked Kirstel who inspires her from the platform, and she simply shared a few other videos from other creators to show how much there is to discover on the app.
Lea Elui inspires her dance moves, and you can see the similarities below:
She’s also inspired by Jayden and Gil Croes, whose content helps her come up with her own unique acting takes:
As for the funky transitions she does so well? Those are inspired by Caleb Finn.
Kirstel still doesn’t think the local scene has picked up that much yet, but we’re always keeping an eye out on things so you can be rest assured that when Malta’s TikTok scene embraces its talent we will be there to cover it.