TikTok is pouring with tributes to a 21-year-old body-positivity influencer who died on Thanksgiving day: 'The world much needed more people like her'
- TikTok influencer Megha Thakur died on Thanksgiving day, according to a statement from her parents.
- Thakur was a body-positivity influencer who encouraged followers to "be confident" in her videos.
TikTokers are making video tributes about Megha Thakur, a body positivity influencer with 942,000 followers who died on Thanksgiving day, according to a statement from her parents.
On November 29, Thakur's parents announced on her Instagram account that the influencer died "suddenly and unexpectedly" on November 24. Thakur's parents did not disclose her cause of death in their statement, but said they thought Thakur would have wanted them to inform her fans of the news.
"Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing," the statement read.
A number of prominent lifestyle influencers commented messages of support addressed to Thakur's family underneath the Instagram post. TikTok make-up artist Stephanie Valentine, who has 1.7 million followers, wrote, "My dearest Megha, this is absolutely devastating. Sending your family so much love. I'm so truly saddened by the loss of a creative genius."
On TikTok, users who said they watched Thakur's content have been posting tributes to the influencer, who died four months after her 21st birthday.
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Some users filmed their immediate reaction to hearing the news about her death.
"So I literally just got out the shower and I'm scrolling on Instagram and I see this," said one user, who then shared a screenshot of Thakur's parents' statement in her video. "I'm still in shock," she added.
A caption underneath the post, which has 1.1 million views, read, "sending her family mad love, good energy and healing energy she was only 21."
Other users spoke about how Thakur's content inspired them and shared what they will most remember about her online presence.
"She was just one of those rare influencers who would just brighten up the room with her sunny personality and her confidence. It was just so sad that she was so young, and the world much needed more people like her to brighten up the darkness from all this horrible news we've been watching every day," said one user in a video with 300,000 views.
"Her legacy and impact on inspiring girls and women around the world on having positive body image will always still be remembered," the user added.
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Another user, who received over 34,000 likes on her tribute video, said she admired Thakur because "she was extremely fearless and always did her best to feel comfortable in her own skin," adding, "she was much younger than me but I have to tell you I was inspired."
According to the bio on Thakur's TikTok account, the influencer was based in New York City and Toronto, Canada. Her TikTok content was typically centered around sharing beauty and lifestyle tips with her followers, encouraging them to "be confident" in themselves.
One of Thakur's most viral videos from last year, which received 58 million views, was captioned #bodypositivity, and showed the influencer trying out a twerking dance routine, while an on-screen caption on the post suggested that a person's body shape should not stop them from trying the dance. While other non-Black influencers and celebrities have previously faced criticism for posting dance videos involving twerking — a dance move which has its roots in the New Orleans "bounce" music scene in the 1990s — Thakur's video was widely well-received.
"It's not about what's down here it's about what's up in here," Thakur said while pointing at her brain in a follow-up tutorial video posted in October 2021, adding, "Go watch my other videos for that confidence boost because that is key to achieving maximum jigglage."
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