Imagine waiting for your underground ride and then somebody turns up dancing as if there’s no tomorrow. That’s exactly what Sabrina Bahsoon is doing on the London underground, making her a star first on TikTok and now she is becoming popular on Instagram.
In each video, she dances to beats by the likes of Raye, Tate McRae, Jazmin Bean or Jazzy while her phone captures her from crazy angles. Known as ‘Tube Girl’, Bahsoon has a law degree from Durham University and is being asked to collaborate with brands such as MAC Cosmetics. She even has an invitation to walk at Paris Fashion Week.
Raised in Malaysia, she moved to the UK to study law. The TikTok journey began when she asked a friend to film her. He refused and that’s when she decided to do her videos alone and all of them are packed with swirly camera angles.
Her first TikTok video was posted on August 13, set to the sound of Where Dem Girls At and it had her standing in front of the tube window with the wind blowing in her hair. Her favourite ‘Tube Girl’ tunes are The Way I Are by Timbaland and When I Grow Up by the Pussycat Dolls.
But what if you are looking for something chatty, something from the war era? The Tank Museum in Bovington has a YouTube channel and it has achieved 100 million views on the platform.
An exhibit at The Tank Museum in Bovington
There is a massive following for military history and these are people who can watch videos for hours. The Tank Museum’s YouTube channel has more subscribers (557K) than New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (381K) and Louvre in Paris (106K). With close to 450 videos, it is getting enough viewing hours. For example, its 80-minute video about the Battle of Arras, a World War II clash in northern France, now has 867,000 views and counting.
The Tank Museum was founded in 1923 after the writer Rudyard Kipling visited Bovington and saw damaged tanks that had been salvaged at the end of the First World War. He recommended a museum should be constructed. It was originally open only to military personnel.