How TikTok made being posh cool once more: Teenage toffs turn into social media stars
In the nineties and nineties, it was rarely cool to be posh when private students shyly whispered about where they were going to school, locked away their signet rings, and adopted a more humble approach.
But thanks to TikTok, teenage toffs are becoming social media stars by shamelessly showcasing their lavish lives and giving the average viewer a glimpse into British high society.
From bragging about “daddy’s money” to displaying their luxury vehicles and their gold signet rings called “siggies”, the latest generation of private school goers are not embarrassed to show off their very glamorous lifestyles.
“Posh TikTok” proves that being wealthy is “cool again”.
The hashtahg #signetring alone has collected 4.5 million views on TikTok, while #privateschool has an unbelievable 1.4 billion.
Here FEMAIL reveals the different aspects that are displayed on ‘Posh TikTok’ …
Making your trust fund more flexible
Michael Maiden (picture on the right) from Dorset, who has 93,300 followers, previously shared a clip (picture on the left) with the question: “Did I buy my own helicopter when I was 18?”, Just for the TikToker to admit: “No, I have” t, Daddy bought it. ‘
Elsewhere, TikTok user @ m.iles (pictured) has garnered nearly 700,000 likes and millions of views for clips that flaunt his trust fund
You can’t be a great social media star if your dad isn’t paying for your lifestyle.
In many of the TikTok videos, the people in them brag about “daddy’s money” and “trust funds”.
For example, Michael Maiden from Dorset, who has 93,300 followers, previously shared a clip that asked, “Did I buy my own helicopter when I was 18?” Only for the TikToker to admit, “No, I didn’t, Daddy did bought him. ‘
Elsewhere, TikTok user @ m.iles has garnered nearly 700,000 likes and millions of views for clips that flaunt his trust fund.
His recordings, filmed somewhere between a London mansion and a French villa, are Tatler, contains a parody of Lizzo’s popular song Boys.
Instead of the text “I like big boys, itty bitty boys” it says in the song: “I like signet rings, schoffels, mullets, trust funds, polo, Range Rover, daddy’s money.”
Strutting around in private school
No ‘Posh TikTok’ composition is complete without the backdrop of the often picturesque private school grounds
No ‘Posh TikTok’ composition is complete without the backdrop of the often picturesque private school grounds.
Like a scene from the Harry Potter films, the social media stars depict the idyllic schools that regularly shame Hogwarts.
A TikToker named Abi, whose account had 1.1 million likes at the time, previously told Vice how after making multiple clips “people started commenting that we reminded them of Gossip Girl”.
As such, she added: ‘[I] tend to film in the older part of the school buildings … and take in some good looking boys. ‘
Her videos, and many like Abi’s, include wide shots of the school grounds, with lakes, acres of greenery, and towering historic buildings, accompanied by the hashtags #hogwarts and #harrypotter.
The signet ring is back
That summer, the hands of college students and public school students often bragged about a signet ring (pictured) – called “siggies” – after the controversial accessory became fashionable again
According to The Telegraph, London jewelers were puzzled by the sudden demand for seal rings. Pictured, a student wearing one
Teenagers calling for the rings (pictured) for their 18th and 21st birthday are sporting them because criticism of the public school has reportedly led them to want to embrace their inheritance rather than shun it
That summer, college and public school students’ hands often boasted a signet ring – called “siggies” – after the controversial accessory returned to Vogue.
According to The Telegraph, London jewelers were puzzled by the sudden demand for seal rings.
“Everything has changed recently,” said Guy Burton, director of custom jewelry at Hancocks. “The market for signet rings is overwhelmingly young today, whereas in the past it was mostly parents who bought a gift for their child or adults who wanted to replace a lost gift.”
Teenagers demanding the rings for their 18th and 21st birthday wear them because criticism of the public school has reportedly led them to want to embrace their heritage rather than shun it.
Mark Ruff, owner of the signet ring specialist Ruff’s, adds: ‘Our new customers are mostly very young people who seem to be interested in the signet ring per se, so maybe have their initials engraved on it.’
Previously, signet rings have sparked discussions about whether they should be banned from schools and universities for promoting class divisions – but it seems the world of “Posh TikTok” is everything to them.
Presenting expensive transportation
It’s not just the impressive school buildings that feature prominently in the clips of the new generation of British high society. They also rely on their expensive vehicles for the videos (pictured)
It’s not just the impressive school buildings that feature prominently in the clips of the new generation of British high society.
They also rely on their expensive vehicles to create the videos, with Ranger Rovers regularly featured in the footage.
A rap by Michael Maiden contains the text: “I’m Tarquin the Third, I’m about to steal your bird … You will see me in my Range Rover, I can’t stand that working class smell.”
Another, entitled “Noble Life is Hard”, shows students crying when their “dads” give them the keys to a Volkswagen Polo and not a Range Rover.