It turns out the beautiful Pia Muehlenbeck – influencer, businesswoman and lawyer – is also one of the best lip-syncers on TikTok.
Like most of the online world, the 29-year-old began playing around with the popular platform in April and initially focused in on video content with a beauty or fashion slant. (Cue: a lot of flash outfit changes which weren’t dissimilar from the cute content she and her husband Kane Vato were already creating.) But it’s been her dubbed-over impressions and different characters that have kept her two million followers entertained of late – mainly because, well, she’s really, really good at them.
Case in point, this video of Muehlenbeck dressed as two “bros” [with a slick Ariana Grande-esque ponytail] toying with how to ask a girl to dinner over a text message. The (whispered) exchange is hilarious and Muehlenback nails the comedic timing. Take a look.
TikTok collects a large quantity of data from each user and some analysts have warned its parents company may be forced to share that information with the Chinese Government. While US President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok due to the platform’s alleged security threat, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today that he wouldn’t be taking those measures at the moment.
“There’s nothing at this point that would suggest to us that security interests are being compromised, or Australian citizens are being compromised,” he said in a press conference. “We’ll obviously keep watching them, but there’s no evidence to suggest to us today that [a ban] is a step that is necessary.”
Morrison did, however, tell Australians to exercise caution when using the platform. “People need to understand where the extension cord goes back to,” he said. “People should know that the line connects right back to China and they should exercise their own judgment about whether they should participate in those things or not.”
A US government panel has reportedly given TikTok’s parent company until September 15 to sell the app’s US operations to American giant Microsoft. If Americans are indeed banned from the platform, Muehlenbeck might be one of just a few left creating good skits.
We’ll keep sipping our tea as we watch this play out. And Pia, please record a bunch now so we can enjoy the roll-out should a ban come into play. Preferably with an English accent, you’re too good.