Who is Lala Baptiste?
Nyela Baptiste, widely known as Lala Baptiste, is a social media star and model from the United States. She’s gained significant fame and popularity, particularly on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube thanks to her lifestyle and beauty content. Lala has also worked as an ambassador for the brand, Fashion Nova. In her personal life, she is known to have been romantically involved with the American rapper Lil Tjay.
Early Life and Education
Lala was born on 16 May 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia, and was fortunate to have the constant support of her mother, Simone, throughout her upbringing. She grew up alongside her younger sister.
In terms of education, Lala attended a local high school, but didn’t enroll at a college, instead focusing on her career as an influencer. Shortly after matriculating, Lala moved to Los Angeles, California, where she still resides.
Rise to Fame
Lala’s journey to popularity began when she started sharing content on social media platforms, particularly Instagram, around April 2016. Her eye-catching photos and engaging personality quickly garnered attention, and over time she amassed a substantial following. She is primarily known for her lifestyle-centric content, which often includes beauty, make-up, and fashion posts.
Additionally, her work for Fashion Nova helped her gain visibility, and further expanded her reach on social media. Her collaborations with well-known brands and her constant engagement with her followers contributed significantly to her online popularity.
Lala also extended her online presence to YouTube and TikTok, on which she continued to share lifestyle, beauty, and fashion content. Her YouTube channel provided a platform for her to share more in-depth content, while her TikTok account allowed her to engage with a different segment of the online audience, with shorter, more interactive videos.
Presence on Social Media
Lala Baptiste is the most active on Instagram, on which she goes by the handle ‘@lalatheislandgal’. She‘s amassed over a million followers on the platform, while her photos frequently gain tens of thousands of likes.
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Lala launched her eponymous YouTube channel in June 2017, and has since garnered more than 370,000 subscribers. Her content mostly consists of video blogs documenting her daily life, along with make-up and clothing reviews. She also frequently collaborates with rapper and social media sensation Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr. – aka DDG. In fact, some of her most popular videos, such as “I Set DDG up on a BLIND DATE with RUBI ROSE” and “I Told DDG I Want to Have a Baby with Him” have been made in collaboration with the popular rapper.
On TikTok, under the same handle as her Instagram, Lala has garnered close to 240,000 followers, and received over 3.5 million likes. Her TikTok content is a mix of short videos that cover fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics, allowing her to engage with a younger audience and keep up with the newest trends in social media content creation.
Aside from her social media work, Lala is associated with Wilhelmina Models’ agency and has done modeling for a number of online fashion brands such as Pretty Little Thing, and Revolve as well as Fashion Nova,.
Demonstrating her entrepreneurial spirit, Lala launched her own brand called Nyela Collection, selling hand-made clothing items, described as ‘luxury with a twist’. Lala took a hands-on approach with this venture, as she sketched, designed, and funded the first clothing collection all by herself, released in December 2020, with promises of more collections in the future.
Lala has also explored the OnlyFans platform, on which she used to upload exclusive content, however, she has since deleted her account.
— Lala Baptiste (@_lalabaptiste) January 16, 2023
Relationship with Lil Tjay
Lala and Lil Tjay’s relationship garnered public attention, when they starred alongside each other in the late Pop Smoke’s 2020 music video for his song, “Mood Swings”. The on-screen chemistry between Lala and Lil Tjay in the music video sparked dating rumors. Following the music video, Lala shared that she had ‘a new man’, and Lil Tjay began to make appearances in the background of Lala’s Instagram live sessions, confirming their relationship to the public.
According to online rumors, before they started dating, Lil Tjay was in a relationship with Lala’s best friend, Ruby, and it was Lala who had initially arranged a date between the two. However, on Lil Tjay’s 19th birthday, they had a disagreement and broke up, after which Lala and Lil Tjay started dating.
The duo have a shared presence in the public eye, particularly within the music and social media circles, due to their individual and collaborative appearances.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Lala loves to travel, as is evident on her Instagram account. She likes spending her time at the beach and is particularly a fan of warm summer destinations such as Italy, Greece and the Maldives. However, travelling is not just a way of relaxation for her, as she uses the opportunity to film new videos and create new content for social media.
Lala is an animal lover, and has two small pet dogs called Lily and Max.
Lala is close friends with several social media influencers, notably Syddpink and Brandaddi, with whom she has also collaborated on a few occasions.
Age, Height, Measurements
As of October 2023, Lala is 24 years old. She has dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo on her left hip. Lala has a slim build, with a height of 5ft 3 ins (1.6m) and a weight of around 110 lbs (50kgs), while her vital statistics are 31-24-36. She’s known to be a gym fanatic, which contributes to her well-maintained physique.
Lala’s net worth has been estimated at more than $3 million. She earns money primarily from her social media presence and collaborations with online brands. On YouTube, it’s reported that she earns around $5,000 monthly through advertisements and affiliated promotions. Additionally, her collaborations with brands on Instagram and other platforms contribute to her earnings, although the amount she earns from these collaborations hasn’t been publicly disclosed.
Who is Her Boyfriend, Lil Tjay?
Tione Jayden Merritt, aka Lil Tjay, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who’s rapidly risen to fame with his distinct melodic approach to rap and profound lyrical storytelling. Born on 30 April 2001, in The Bronx, New York City, Lil Tjay’s journey in music reflects his resilience and artistic flair, making him one of the most promising talents in the contemporary rap scene.
Growing up in the challenging environment of The Bronx, Lil Tjay was exposed to the street life at a young age, an experience that would later become a central theme in his music. His early life was marked by legal troubles, and he spent a year in a youth detention center, a period during which he began to take his passion for music seriously.
Upon his release, Lil Tjay began to turn his life around through music. He began releasing tracks on SoundCloud, showcasing his unique style that blends melodic hooks with raw, emotional lyrics. Songs such as “Resume” and “Brothers” quickly caught the attention of listeners, earning him a local following.
Lil Tjay’s breakthrough came in 2019 with the release of his hit single “Pop Out”, a collaboration with Chicago rapper Polo G. The song became an instant hit, peaking at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning millions of streams across various platforms. This success catapulted Lil Tjay into the national spotlight, earning him a deal with Columbia Records.
Lil Tjay then released his 2019 debut studio album “True 2 Myself”, which showcased his versatility as an artist, blending elements of hip-hop, R&B, and drill. It debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart, solidifying Lil Tjay’s position in the music industry.
Lil Tjay continued to build on his success with the release of his mixtape “State of Emergency” in May 2020, which focused on the drill rap scene in New York and featured collaborations with several local artists. His ability to adapt to different styles while maintaining his signature sound has kept him relevant and exciting in the ever-evolving music landscape.
His most recent album, “222”, was released in July 2023. The album comprises 15 tracks and was unveiled alongside the release of the song entitled “Project Walls”, featuring NBA Youngboy. “222” was significantly influenced by a harrowing experience in Lil Tjay’s life, surviving a traumatic shooting incident in June of the preceding year. The album cover is particularly symbolic, showcasing Lil Tjay with scars from the near-fatal shooting incident.
Despite facing several legal issues and a near-death experience, Lil Tjay has remained resilient, using his life story to fuel his music and connect with his audience on a deeper level. His storytelling and emotive delivery have earned him comparisons to artists such as A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
As of October 2023, Lil Tjay’s net worth has been estimated at more than $600,000.