Is there anything people can’t (or won’t) do on TikTok these days? There’s the TikTok Buss It Challenge, where people wear frumpy clothes while dancing to the Nelly song “Hot in Herre,” drop to the floor and suddenly rise up into a sexier version of themselves — this time dressed to the nines and twerking to Erika Banks’ “Buss It.” Then there’s the (supposedly “sexy” and possibly risky) Silhouette Challenge, in which people strip down to their underwear, then strike poses in a doorway to show off their silhouetted bodies with the help of a red filter.
Now the latest TikTok craze to mesmerize the masses is the Talk to Me Boy trend (sometimes called the Talk to Me Boy Challenge). It was inspired by pop star Justin Timberlake himself. The line “Talk to me boy, no disrespect” is from his hit song “Rock Your Body” and it’s birthed another glow up video.
What’s a glow up? It’s basically a transformation, often physical, for the better. And in the Talk To Me Boy trend on TikTok that’s exactly the idea.
How It Works
The idea is to make yourself look as nerdy as possible, and that’s your persona for the first part of the video. Then you transform – or glow up – and you’re suddenly beautiful or sexy or however you’d like to refer to yourself. Throughout the video, the line “Talk to me boy, no disrespect” from JT’s song plays in the background.
Now, what constitutes “nerdy” and what makes someone “hot” is obviously subjective. In fact, people on TikTok are getting into debates over whether people in the videos are better looking as nerds or as babes. It’s the same debate you might see at the United Nations.
What’s amusing to me is that so many of the challenge participants believe that a pair of glasses and a funny walk make them a nerd. Meanwhile, when they glow up, they’ve clearly spent five hours doing their hair and makeup.
Wanna watch some nerd-to-hottie glow ups? Check these out!