What Nick Keswani lacks in stature he more than makes up for in personality...
big nik best vines—Keswani's Vines tell the story of his struggles—he documents his many medical challenges as well as his day to day life
What Big Nik lacks in stature he more than makes up for in personality.
The 18-year-old social media superstar, real name Nick Keswani, suffers from a rare form of dwarfism.
Throughout the years, the now 18-year-old has been subjected to multiple medical procedures related to his condition—including surgery on his hips, ankles and legs.
But, he's never let it hold him back, and, in fact, has built a successful and profitable career despite his struggles.
The plucky teen turned to social media as he languished at home, recovery from a retinal detachment, which left him blind in one eye.
He explains to People magazine:
It was completely awful, I felt like I was in hell.One day I just got really bored, I was sitting in my wheelchair and started making a video and two months later, it just blew up. That's how I started Vine.You don't have to be big in height to be big, you just have to have a big personality.
Meanwhile, Keswani isn't the only member of his family facing adversity.
The teen was born in Boca Raton, Florida and raised in Naperville, Illinois—and he has one sibling, Devina, a 7-year-old transgender girl, who he is fiercely protective of.
Keswani admits he struggled initially to come to terms with his sibling's transition—but, much like his own challenges, he's learned to roll with it.
He tells People:
It was hard to accept at first that my little brother was gone.
I never really got to do many sports as a kid, so I thought she could be the person I never was.
But it's not about me.
Keswani left Illinois a couple of years ago to attend high school in California.
He attended Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, where during his junior year he enrolled in Laurel Springs Academy, an online high school.
And, the rest, as they say, is history.
Keswani's Vines often tell the story of his struggles—he documents his many medical challenges as well as his day to day life as a young man living with dwarfism—in addition to just the regular, run-of-the-mill teen boy fare.
As heavy as the subject matter may often be, Keswani always manages to impart his own unique style and humor into his video content.
Popdust brings you our pick of Big Nik's Best Vines Ranked In Order Of Awesomeness.
big nik best vines 10: When you're with your friends and your parents call:
big nik best vines 9: When you hear a song in the car and pretend you're in a music video:
big nik best vines 8: Comforting a friend vs best friend:
big nik best vines 7: Everything is bigger when you're small:
big nik best vines 6: School nurses:
big nik best vines 5: When you say the lyrics too early:
big nik best vines 4: When you get back from the gym and your whole body is sore:
big nik best vines 3: When you're 5th Harmony AF:
big nik best vines 2: That one friend with the really hot mom:
big nik best vines 1: When your friend lets you copy off their homework:
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