The internet sensation known as “Tube Girl” has taken the online world by storm, captivating audiences with her unique and confident approach to transforming her daily London Underground commute into a viral TikTok phenomenon.
Sabrina Bahsoon, the mastermind behind Tube Girl, has achieved extraordinary success, amassing over 361 million views under the hashtag #TubeGirl and over 96 million views under #TubeGirlEffect. Following her viral fame, Bahsoon secured a modelling contract and acquired a manager.
@sabrinabahsoon Personally i think I’m slaying and trusssttt nobody cares #tubegirl shoutout to all the people who say hi while i made the videos – you make my day 🥰 #tubegirleffect ♬ sexy ass cars – fräns ✱
The internet’s response to Tube Girl has been overwhelmingly positive, with many admirers expressing their awe and admiration for her audacious self-shot videos featuring lively dance performances set to her favourite songs. In one instance, she danced to the tune “Greedy” by US pop star Tate McRae, prompting a response from McRae herself, who marvelled at Bahsoon’s confidence.
Tube Girl’s soundtrack has gained immense popularity, leading Bahsoon to create an official #TubeGirl playlist on Spotify to inspire her followers to create their own content.
Notably, Tube Girl’s impact extends beyond her immediate fan base. Australian fashion influencer Jacquie Alexander, among others, has been inspired by Bahsoon’s confidence-boosting videos, which have garnered millions of views. While some are left perplexed by Bahsoon’s ability to film such content on public transport without embarrassment, many recognize that she possesses a rare and admirable level of courage.
Tube Girl’s departure from social norms and behaviours often observed on public transport makes her unique, according to Dr. Ashton who spoke to the ABC. Her impact resonates with a broad audience, particularly in a post-COVID world where many young people are re-entering public spaces and seeking relatable experiences.
However, it’s crucial, as Dr. Ashton emphasises not to compare oneself to individuals like Tube Girl showcased on social media. Each person’s journey and level of confidence are unique, and self-comparison should be avoided in the pursuit of personal growth and self-assurance.