By the time the internet dubbed him "Backpack Kid," Russell Horning was already an Instagram sensation. All while wearing a backpack, of course. Horning added the backpack for his now legendary SNL appearance during which he showcased his star-making move alongside Katy Perry for her performance of "Swish Swish. But is there more to Horning than one quirky dance move? This is the untold truth of Backpack Kid. As of December , Horning's Instagram had 2. His first big break came around January of when "a guy with , followers" tagged him in a video, and his account quickly started gaining "thousands and thousands" more followers.
His first audience was church camp
So who is the kid beneath the backpack? Where did he suddenly come from and just how did he gain this overnight fame? Russell is 18 years old.
The floss or flossing is a dance move in which a person repeatedly swings their arms, with clenched fists, from the back of their body to the front, on each side. The name comes from the moves themselves, which involve "a lot of fast arms and hip swings as though using a huge, invisible piece of dental floss ". Videos of the dance on social media became popular after year-old Russell Horning, known as "the backpack kid",  performed it during a live Saturday Night Live performance of Katy Perry 's song " Swish Swish " in May Flossing is featured in the video game Fortnite Battle Royale , developed and published by Epic Games , as a limited-time dance " emote " as a reward from the Battle Pass Season 2 that can be performed by the characters while playing.
Backpack Kid spoke out on "TMZ Live" Tuesday, saying he doesn't care about getting a fat check from the lawsuit, because he just cares about people watching and enjoying his videos. Besides, he says he's got more important things on his plate, like his 17th birthday and new single. Backpack Kid is the latest to jump into the lawsuit game over Fortnite allegedly ripping off signature dances. Backpack Kid's mom filed the latest lawsuit on behalf of her year-old kid, who blew up back in when he posted videos of himself on Instagram doing a dance, which he called The Floss.