With the continuous push for inclusivity in Social Media, several pathways for aspiring individuals are starting to form. Eventually, these individuals become trailblazers for other aspirants to follow. One of these pathmakers is Toby Smiles, who uses his platform to be the voice of awesomely-abled individuals like him.
Toby Smiles was born on the 28th of April 2003. Despite being born three weeks prematurely and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Toby is a full-time influencer who has garnered 1.1 Million followers on Tiktok and a significant following on his other social media accounts. Currently attending Cairn University, he’s also a devout Christian and an avid fan of Starbucks.
Like most of us, his venture into social media didn’t start smoothly. His live videos on Tiktok get constantly reported by Trolls which affects his following. Despite this, he still fights and continues to use his platform to inspire the community. “I’ve had multiple challenges throughout my life, and I want to be a Social Media Influencer. I want to show the world that no matter what disability you might have, your dreams are real if you push through to make them happen.” He says on his website.
Today, with 1.1 million followers on Tiktok, Toby aims to inspire other disabled influencers to strive for their goals and dreams just like him. A very hardworking individual, Toby also has his merchandise and a website and just launched their fall collection on the 1st of September. The collection has sweatshirts, t-shirts and drinkware with designs nodding to Toby’s love for Starbucks.
Toby is also a very outgoing individual. He enjoys hanging out with people and going to the playground to spend time with friends. “I really love people [and I love] hanging out with them. I enjoy having friends and making other people happy. One of my goals for my [Youtube] channel and all my other social media platforms is [that I want] to make people happy and let them know that people are not perfect, but you can be happy and fully you!” he shares on one of his Youtube videos.
Toby is also a devout Christian. His love for Jesus and Christianity is a common theme in his videos. “I am a Christian [and] I believe in the Bible fully… And [actually] one of my favorite songs is called the Righteous Song by Casting Crowns. It’s [basically] talking about [the wedding] when God comes back after the rapture. I am [really] excited about the rapture.” He further shares in his 10 Fun Facts About Me Youtube video.
Now, Toby’s goal is to achieve the verified mark on his Tiktok account. His friends believe that he deserves it, and when the time comes, it will be the celebration of Toby’s message that anyone can accomplish their goals. Additionally, Toby has Instagram and a Youtube Channel. Through these platforms, he’s continually advocating inclusivity within the community.
Toby Smiles believes in making a difference, continually advocating for disabled people and being the voice for a community of talented, awesomely-abled individuals.
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