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Born
Tatiana McQuay

(2003-08-30) August 30, 2003 (age 18)
Canada
NationalityCanadian
CitizenshipCanada
EducationN/A
Occupation
  • Internet celebrity
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Rapper
Parent(s)Stan McQuay, Michelle De Maria McQuay

Tatiana "Tati" McQuay (born August 30, 2003) is an Canadian-American Internet celebrity, dancer, choreographer, and rapper. She is mostly known for her work with the girl group L2M, which included starring in the YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) series Hyperlinked, as well as her TikTok and Instagram accounts. McQuay has also appeared in some promotional material for tween media divisions (such as Disney Channel), frequently alongside other influencers and dancers, including Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak[1], and various students and notable people from The Millennium Dance Complex.[2]

As of January 2022, McQuay has accumulated 1.7 million followers on TikTok and 723,000 followers on Instagram.

Biography

Tatiana McQuay was born in Kitchener, Ontario, in 2003 to bodybuilder Stan McQuay and to Michelle De Maria McQuay. When she was 7 years old, she moved to Los Angeles, California.[3] She also has two siblings named Kai and Zen McQuay born in 2011 and 2013, respectively.[4]

Though she had previously danced in Alyson Stoner's Missy Elliott tribute on YouTube, McQuay's first major breakthrough came upon joining the girl group L2M, formed in 2016 with Warner Records and featured prominently in a Lego Friends television film titled Girlz for Life.[5] The single L2M released with the movie, simply titled Girlz, became a small success and has 6.7 million views on YouTube as of April 2021.[6] A video published by the L2M official YouTube channel where McQuay comments on her role within the band highlights her accomplishments as a choreographer; in the same video, she also states she earned a Black belt (martial arts)|black belt in karate.[3] L2M later released the singles "Incredible" (which was featured in some Target Corporation|Target commercials)[7], "B.E.A.T", and "Living to the Rhythm" and gained a role in a YouTube Kids Holiday Special alongside Hayden Summerall and Cam Anthony.[8]

When L2M was cast in the leading roles for the YouTube Red series Hyperlinked[9], McQuay choreographed a significant portion of the dances. A video posted about McQuay's role as the character "Izzy" noted how similar Izzy and McQuay are similar in real life. McQuay also remarked working with the rest of the band was not only easier to do but also he she didn't "have to feel nervous to do anything".[10] Before disbanding, L2M and McQuay published three more records: "Overthinking", "Tag Me In", and "Don't Come Back Around"; McQuay's rapping is generally more prominent across the former two of these records.[11][12][13] A fourth record, "I Want My Dippin' Dots", was also released in 2018 and paid for by Dippin' Dots LLC, which was regarded by the magazine Rolling Stone as 2019's "true song of the summer".[14]

McQuay played a side role in the music video for the single "What If", performed by Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler.[15]. Later that year, she released her first single, "Parachute", which was a mix of spoken word, rap, and song as a collaboration with the artist Cookie Cutters.[16] McQuay also received an award in 2018 jointly presented by Instagram and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for helping to build schools in Kenya.[17]

In 2019, McQuay released the single "Admit It" and starred in the Awesomeness (company)|AwesomenessTV web-series "It's my Party", where the logistics and planning of her joint Sweet sixteen (birthday)|sweet sixteen with model Lily Chee.[18] Her sweet sixteen was covered by Gen-Z celebrity-related websites like Celeb Secrets TV.[19] She collaborated with Ziegler again for a Disney Channel-produced advertisement for the release of Zombies 2, in which Ziegler portrayed Addison and McQuay a cheerleader.[1] As of April of 2021, McQuay has accumulated approximately 719,000 Instagram followers and 1,700,000 TikTok followers.[20] McQuay has additionally made cameos in many music videos and is often associated with TikTok dancer Matt Steffanina's online video tutorials.[21][22]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2015 Alyson Stoner: The Missy Elliot Tribute Little Alyson
2016 Dance-Off Juniors Self (contestant)
2017 Hyperlinked Izzy 10 Episodes
2017 Cody & Lexy Young Lexy 4 Episodes
2018 Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler: What If Self Music Video
2019 It's My Party Self 5 Episodes [18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ZOMBIES 2: The Collab, retrieved 2021-04-01
  2. Tati McQuay Dance Compilation - Best Dance, retrieved 2021-04-01
  3. 3.0 3.1 Meet Tati of L2M - @TatiMcquay on Musical.ly, retrieved 2021-03-31
  4. "Tati McQuay Gets To Know Justin Bieber and Fan Girls Over Shawn Mendes!". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
  5. "Meet L2M, The New Faces of Girl Power | Celebuzz". www.celebuzz.com. 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  6. L2M - "GIRLZ" [Official Music Video], retrieved 2021-03-31
  7. Target Back to School 2016: Behind the Scenes, retrieved 2021-03-31
  8. YouTube Kids Holiday Music Collab - Shooting Stars (Original Song performed at YouTube Space LA), retrieved 2021-03-31
  9. "Teen Singers L2M Talk Success, Hard Work, and 'Hyperlinked'". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  10. Meet The Girls of Hyperlinked! - Izzy (Watch Now on YouTube Red!), retrieved 2021-03-31
  11. L2M - Don't Come Back Around [Official Music Video], retrieved 2021-03-31
  12. L2M - Overthinking (Audio Video), retrieved 2021-03-31
  13. L2M - Tag Me In [Official Music Video], retrieved 2021-03-31
  14. Bernstein, Jonathan; Bernstein, Jonathan (2019-12-18). "'I Want My Dippin' Dots': How the Ice Cream of the Future Created an Earworm". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  15. Johnny Orlando, Mackenzie Ziegler - What If (I Told You I Like You), retrieved 2021-03-31
  16. Parachute by Tati McQuay x Cookie Cutters (Official Video), retrieved 2021-03-31
  17. "Instagram premia a cinco latinos en el Mes de la Herencia Hispana". CNN (in español). 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Meet Lily Chee & Tati McQuay! | It's My Party S2 EP 1, retrieved 2021-04-01
  19. "Tati McQuay and Lily Chee Throw Epic Sweet 16 Party in Hollywood". Celeb Secrets. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  20. "Tati McQuay (@tatimcquay) Official TikTok | Watch Tati McQuay's Newest TikTok Videos". TikTok. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  21. "Kenzie Unveils Summery New Single 'Exhale' Featuring Sia". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  22. "Fit in my 40s: want to dance like Billie Eilish? There's an online dance tutorial for that | Zoe Williams". the Guardian. 2020-02-22. Retrieved 2021-09-17.

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