CNN’s host Chris Cuomo and his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), have grabbed the attention of the nation with their candid interviews while responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the two aren’t the only ones in the family garnering a loyal following.
Bella Cuomo,17, the daughter of Chris Cuomo, has been building a loyal following on the social media site TikTok.
While Chris Cuomo was fighting coronavirus and sharing updates with viewers in real-time, and Andrew Cuomo was coordinating New York’s response to the epidemic, Bella was using equal parts laughter and self-deprecating humor to connect with a younger demographic.
Her platform has grown drastically throughout the coronavirus, which come both at the expense of poking fun at her father, as well as doing a few coordinated dances with him, too.
As of now, her channel has grown to nearly 400,000 followers and over 13.9 million views.
Bella has even tried to enlist the power of her followers to sway her father into letting her go on a ski trip, pre-pandemic, of course.
“Blow this up so he lets me go and my parents stop fighting about my pros and cons and why I deserve to go,” the teen captioned the video. That remains on her most popular TikToks, with over one million views.
As the host was recovering from the coronavirus in his basement, Bella set out on a voyage into the contaminated air to pay her father a visit, sporting a yellow hazmat suit and an N-95 mask.
In another that landed well, Bella made light of her uncle Andrew, stating on national television that she would “set up” by literally taking a step up.
Yet during the family’s coronavirus quarantine, Bella hasn’t just been making stellar TikToks and doing school work.
According to her mother, Cristina Cuomo, who also tested positive for coronavirus, Bella helped take care of her sick parents.
“Our 17-year-old daughter, stepped up cleaning, doing laundry, cooking for her siblings and getting them situated with google classroom, and caregiving her mother and father,” the mother penned in an Instagram post.
Bella did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
*First Published: May 16, 2020, 7:00 am
Zachary Petrizzo is an undergraduate student at George Mason University and a Washington, D.C. based journalist.