If you exist chronically online, you might have heard of the newest TikTok start: Tube Girl. If you're normal and actually have hobbies outside of media consumption, then this latest breakout may be worth your attention. Just like many Londoners, 22-year-old Sabrina Bahsoon rides the Underground every day. However, Sabrina doesn't just travel to her destination; she takes us on a hilarious journey there. In relatively straightforward videos, Sabrina lip-syncs to popular tracks and films herself almost as though she's in a music video.
It's not the filming or the quality of her content that made her famous; it's the commitment she has to performing for the camera… Even when she's on a busy train. Sabrina spoke with the BBC about how the trend started, "I have to commute everywhere because I live quite far out from everyone. So, on the way back home after a night out, I'd put my music on. And when you're bumping your head, people don't come up to you; people leave you alone a bit more. So I was feeling more safe and enjoying my journey a bit better." And thanks to the power of social media, we're enjoying her journeys too!
Now, a fun hobby Sabrina would do to pass the time has become a hilarious global trend, and the Malaysian-born student even has New York City Subway copycats. Her videos have amassed over 20 million likes and 567,000 followers, making her a social media sensation. Sabrina told MailOnline, "It was the craziest thing that could ever happen to me. I had no idea that it would be this big; the global reach was insane, and I never expected it." She added, "Even just making it in the UK was a huge thing. Then, for it to take over the world... I'm still processing it."
@sabrinabahsoon Im on my way and i think I’ll have more fun on the tube 😵💫 #tubegirleffect #tubegirl ♬ Feel It - Club Edit - Jazzy
While people can't get enough of Sabrina, most are just intimidated and in awe of her audacious commitment to performing in front of other commuters. Some like to call her 'cringe,' but most wonder how she makes it look effortless. TikTokers have tried emulating Sabrina's confidence, but they have yet to execute her hilarious intonations and filming style with complete self-assurance.