Tekkerz kid, 10, gets stopped in the street by fans; The McClure twins, five, have 1.7 million Instagram followers. Whats life like as a tiny influencer?
Ryan is seven years old and makes a reported $22m (16.8m) a year. His YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, where he made his fortune unboxing and reviewing toys, has 18.5 million subscribers more than official music video channels for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. In America, you can go into a toy shop and spend 50 on a large plastic surprise egg with his face on it or, for 15, own a toy aeroplane complete with Sky Fighter Ryan, a plastic action figure in his likeness (Space Base Ryan and Commander Ryan are also available; there are 12 to collect).
Ryan (the world does not know his surname) may be the planets most successful kidfluencer, but he is far from alone. In the UK, there are an estimated 30 or more child vloggers clocking up half a million views per video such as Tiana, a bubbly 11-year-old toy reviewer from Nottingham (4.4 million subscribers) who has queues of children snaking through shopping centres for meet-and-greets during school holidays. There are hundreds getting more than 100,000 clicks a time, or with six-figure follower counts, such as Harlen White (209,000 on Instagram), the blueeyed toddler thought, at one point, to be Britains most followed baby.
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