TikTok is drooling over the new viral ‘The Photo’ trend but what exactly is it?

Every new week sees a new trend go viral on TikTok. While some of these trends fail to catch on, others successfully attract a big audience.

The latter seems to be the case with TikTok’s brand new ‘The Photo’ trend.

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What is a ‘The Photo’ TikTok trend

‘The Photo’ TikTok trend sees users showcasing their most stunning-looking picture alongside what they look like normally.

Most users record a video of themselves at their current state and then switch to ‘The Photo.’

Over the course of the last few months, the trend has evolved a little and now has a fitness edition as well.

In pretty much all the videos, an edited version of Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd’s song Lost In Fire is included as the background. The edited audio is created by TikToker ‘ex7stence.’

The trend surfaced on the Byte-Dance-owned platform sometime in October 2021 but has only just caught on. Some of its videos have up to 8 million views and many TikTokers are taking part at this point.

Unlike many other TikTok trends that require more work to put together, this is one’s quite easy.

How to make one of your own?

As mentioned earlier, ‘The Photo’ trend is a pretty simple one to do.

Find the most stunning picture of yourself that you consider your ‘The Photo’ and would like to show the world.

Next, start recording yourself at your present state via a selfie cam or through a mirror. Now, attach your current video to ‘The Photo,’ add the music to bring your video together and voila, there’s your TikTok!

Viral videos from ‘The Photo’ trend explored

Most TikTok users featured their surprisingly stunning avatars as their ‘The Photo.’

TikToker h8.k8 showed us one of the most surprising photo transformations. While she looks pretty simplistic and nerdy in her current avatar, her ‘The Photo’ sees her turning into a goth goddess.


if i make two of these will y’all think i’m conceded? 😅#newtrendalert #thephoto #foryou #trend #fup #viral #newtrend #mustbenice #outline #hairtok

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Another TikTok star, Brittney, looked stunningly simple and cosy in her ‘The Photo’.

However, not all TikTok users went the ‘stitching their stunning image route.’

User ‘micahmalijan’ made the quirkiest video of the trend. She attached a picture her boyfriend took of her. But, instead of looking breathtaking, she is seen lying dead asleep on the bed.


can’t use this against me now if i expose myself first LOL #greenscreen #newtrendalert #2022 #thephoto

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