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# Etiquette Tik Tok: The Viral Trend on How to Live in High Society

#Elegant lady, #good manners and #lady tips are some of the hashtags posted under Caterina Valentino’s Tik Tok videos. Boasting 629,000 followers and over 2.7 million likes, Valentino is one Tik Tok star taking part in the new, ‘etiquette’ trend.

Despite its origins in the 18th century, as a set of behaviours considered polite amongst the elite, the adoption of etiquette appears to be making a comeback on TikTok.

The viral trend, which now has over one billion views, is a subculture showing tips on how to live amongst the affluent. Content creators on Tik Tok post videos showing which cutlery to use, how to pour wine or even how to sit like a lady.

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Content creators like Valentino, market themselves as educating their audiences on how to fit into the upper echelon of society.

Model and actress Sofia Marbella has over 2.2 million followers on Tik Tok and prides herself on bringing good manners back into fashion. In one of her most recent videos, she teaches her followers how to correctly use a paper napkin while eating at a restaurant. Marbella tells her followers to avoid placing the napkin onto the table. Instead, she advocates for unfolding the napkin and making sure it is kept on the lap at all times during dinner.

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The trend is not without its critics. Numerous response videos have circulated on Tik Tok, mocking creators who participate in the etiquette trend for being out of touch with reality. “Why does it matter”, and “I am going to eat my food how I want. I do not care who is there or what the occasion is”, are some of the comments scattered across creator’s videos. Yet many insist the videos are not a trend, but part of personal behaviour that delineate basic conventions and norms, accepted in an affluent society.

Founder and CEO of London-based recruitment agency, Polo & Tweed, Lucy Tweed, is one creator on Tik Tok participating in the trend. Self described as a British etiquette expert, Tweed has over 3 million likes on her videos.

@lucychallengerofficial Reply to @norfolk_enchance Soup Etiquette – Formal Dining 🥣 #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #thefixer #etiquette #trend #viral #tiktok #trending #soup #dine ♬ original sound – Lucy Challenger

“The etiquette of eating soup is quite complex,” she describes to followers. “When you eat the soup, you need to make sure you’re silent and by that, I mean no slurping noises.”

“You want to make sure you get it right, so you don’t make any faux pas,” she adds.

In an interview with Mirror, Challenger describes the importance of respecting etiquette that led her to starting her videos.

“I was lucky enough to travel and I witnessed different cultures, different manners and etiquette changes. I found the whole thing fascinating,” she said.

With origins in the Age of Enlightenment, etiquette was originally a set of behaviours adopted by the social elite and bourgeoisie and included elegant dress, conversation, greetings and basic manners. Today, the set of codified behaviours holds a position not only in a section of upper class society, but in Tik Tok as well.

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