Raunchy #SilhouetteChallenge Mesmerising Kenyan Men

If netizens believed that the #BussItChallenge was one of the most explicit online challenges of 2021, they haven't witnessed this new one.

Raunchy #SilhouetteChallenge Mesmerising Kenyan Men

The new #SilhouetteChallenge that burst to life at the end of January on TikTok has emerged to become one of the raunchiest viral challenges on the internet.

In Kenya, the challenge has been exploding all over Twitter and manifested to be amongst the most searched terms in the country in January, according to Google.

The challenge that has already hit 100 million streams on social media has become so popular that Kenyan women are slowly breaking the moral barrier to participate in it.

The #SilhouetteChallenge. /FILE

The #SilhouetteChallenge is a TikTok challenge that combines dance moves with body positivity.

It features women flaunting their beautiful curves in silhouettes while showing off sultry and carefully practised dance moves with a Snapchat or TikTok filter of red light.

Observations by Viral Tea show that the challenge can even be carried out if one has a red light bulb.

Women mainly take this challenge, wilding with their raunchy dance moves and parental guidance is advised while viewing a slew of videos posted on social media platforms as they capture women showing their blessed curves.

TikTokers are using a mashup of Paul Anka’s song, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, a song that was released in 1959.

A video of the #SilhouetteChallenge. /FILE

Many Kenyans continue to express confusion on how to do the challenge, but HITC has broken it down in simple steps:

How to create a #SilhouetteChallenge video:

1. First, log in to your Snapchat account - if you do not have, create one. 
2. Head to the camera screen and click on the smiley face icon to the right-hand side of the camera button. Then press “explore” in the bottom right-hand corner.
3. In the search bar, type “Vin Rouge” then wait for the results to generate. 
4. Click on the filter and it will be applied. This should create a silhouette look on the screen of the device you are recording with.
5. Turn off the lights in your room, leave the door open and ensure your hallway lights are on before shooting your video. For a perfect shadow look, wear tight-fitting clothes. 
6. If you recorded a normal pose (without filter) separately, you’ll need to edit and merge it with the silhouette piece. 
7. Add the songs, Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Paul Anka and Streets (Doja Cat) in the background and upload the video to TikTok once done.

If you do not desire to switch between social media platforms but want similar effects without Snapchat’s filter, source for external low mood, coloured lighting and set it in your doorway to create a contrast that spices up your silhouette. 

Silhouette of a woman. /FILE

Once done, log in to your TikTok App, tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen.Hit the red, record button, edit your clips as desired, then add the challenge’s background soundtrack and post on TikTok.

Red background

If you're not a big fan of the red colour, you can film the first part of the video in full lightning. 

For the silhouette section, apply the ‘Vin Rouge’ filter as outlined above on Snapchat, then turn off all the lights apart from one light in the room behind you, shared Republic World. This should make you look like a silhouette.


The reason not many Kenyan ladies have jumped in on the challenge is that it is privacy-deficient.

This has been indicated by tech-savvy men discovering a technique to remove the red filter, exposing the women who shot their videos naked by “increasing exposure and brightness to cancel out the red colour”. Tutorials and videos have been shared on how to successfully implement this. 

The mischievous technique has been carried out by at least two Twitter users that were editing the videos upon request. The body-shaming amongst netizens has prompted the platform to suspend their accounts.

Caution is thus advised before participating in the #SilhouetteChallenge 

International celebrities such as Hollywood actress Tiffany Haddish and her boyfriend Lonnie Rashid Lynn, alias Common have so far participated in the challenge, their kind which set social media on fire.

Tiffany Haddish and Common participate in the #SilhouetteChallenge. /INSTAGRAM