Internet Finds and Praises Stranger From Viral TikTok Who Helped Woman Feel Confident

In a viral TikTok, a woman named Val Torrico details how one stranger helped boost her confidence while she was in the middle of a photo shoot in New York City. Internet sleuths wasted no time in identifying the stranger from the video, and fans cannot stop singing her praises.

In her video, Torrico explains that, though it was 90 degrees in New York City, she was wearing a jacket during the casual photo shoot because she is "very insecure about [her] upper arms," and thinks "they're big" and "do[esn]'t like them."

But, that all changed when a "beautiful goddess of a woman" approached Torrico and helped her feel confident in her own skin.

"I know you're not letting an insecurity take away an amazing photo opportunity," the woman said, according to Torrico. She then shows live video and photos of the stranger showing Torrico how to pose once she's taken off her jacket. "Look at her, oh my god she's beautiful," Torrico shouts in her TikTok.

In the footage from the shoot, Torrico's face noticeably lights up as the women behind the camera cheer her on. "Look at my face," she tells her viewers. "I'm like, 'Is this happening right now, do I have my jacket off, am I confident?'"

She then shows the audience the before and after photos—the photos with the jacket and the photos without. She says of the before photos: "What is that? I mean it's still good, but THIS!" She shows the after photo and the difference in confidence is obvious. "Whoever you are, I love you," she says.

@val_torrico

Confidence makes a difference! Everyone has insecurities, but I’m glad she helped me embrace mine #fyp #loveyourself #foryou #girlssupportinggirls

♬ original sound - Val Torrico

Commenters were moved by the video and wanted to find the woman responsible for helping Torrico feel confident. Naturally, it didn't take long for the internet to identify the woman, a "cannabis chef" and entrepreneur under the username MsKayHud.

Oh hey 👋🏾, that me. Wow, wasn’t expecting this to happen, lol…But thank you to each & everyone of you that left sweet words on my socials 😘 We all need a boost of confidence every now & then. s/o to Val tho, she killed it!

— Kay (@MsKayHud) May 24, 2021

After receiving thousands of comments across her social media pages, Kay took to Twitter to introduce herself and thank viewers for their warm messages.

"Oh hey, that's me," Kay tweeted. "Wow, wasn't expecting this to happen, lol...But thank you to each & everyone [sic] of you that left sweet words on my socials. We all need a boost of confidence every now & then. s/o to Val tho, she killed it!"

You & Val just made my whole day!! Thank you for being so encouraging and giving, with no obvious reward or applause. Sis, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a light!! I pray all the blessings with your name on it show up and multiply! You certainly deserve it! ❤️❤️

— Charae (@Charae) May 25, 2021

Said another: "Saw this on TT and teared up! Sometimes we need to see ourselves the way others see us. What a gift you gave her. It might seem small but I bet she never forgets."

Saw this on TT and teared up! Sometimes we need to see ourselves the way others see us. What a gift you gave her. It might seem small but I bet she never forgets. ❤❤❤

— Autumn H ❤ (@autbliss) May 24, 2021

TikTokers in the comments of Torrico's video had a lot of great things to say, as well.

"Queens adjust other queens' crowns when they slip," said TikToker Natalie Aguilar. "And it's beautiful."

"This is so wholesome! And you look so bomb," commented another. "Queens looking out for queens! I stan."

Once commenters found Kay and tagged her in Torrico's video, Torrico took to the comments section to say thank you.

"THANK YOU TIKTOK FOR FINDING THE QUEEN," she said. "@mskayhud thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me embrace myself! You are such an inspiration."

Many also left encouraging words for Torrico.

"The after was soooooo [sic] good," commented one TikToker under the name Queen Charisma. "Please remember this experience forever, and leave those jackets alone."

Kay tweeted that she wants her followers to "leave insecurities at the house" and tag her in all their summer photos.

I know one thing tho...this summer
Y'ALL BETTA tag me!! I wanna see ya poses.
We leaving insecurities at the house! face 👏🏾 shoulders 👏🏾 legs 👏🏾 nother leg 😆 we not lettin up! pic.twitter.com/p8ttZHXF8c

— Kay (@MsKayHud) May 25, 2021
Stranger in viral TikTok helps boost confidence
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