His funny videos made him a social media star. From a height of 2.22 meters, professional basketball player Vincent Borchot has made his size a powerhouse to help those who struggle with their physical differences.
In the corridors of the Tours Shopping Center, the Tours Metropol Basket player (Probe) does not go unnoticed. “Look, it’s a giant TikTok!” The young man says to his friend. The teens ask him for a selfie, and Vincent obliges with good grace. He even realizes that. Its massive arms allow for more bounce. This technique is well established, assures the 29-year-old athlete.
The first videos while in prison
“Previously, I’d systematically refuse to take selfies with strangers, not wanting to be cranky, he recalls. Since I’ve been on social networks, it’s different. It’s almost a duty to say yes.” The basketball player made his height an advantage. Over the seasons, he’s become the club’s mascot and much more since he’s been streaming his videos.
“I dived while in confinement. One evening, I filmed myself dancing to prove that it was impossible for me to see myself completely in the mirrors of my apartment.” “The video wasn’t great, but I posted it on TikTok anyway. What a surprise when you wake up!” Upon getting out of bed he can only lie diagonally, the hub already noted that his video had nearly “liked” of 200,000 people. “From that day on, I decided to present my status as a giant,” he says.
“I feel useful”
And the results exceeded all his hopes. The original Messin now has 1.6 million followers on TikTok. Basically, the guys who enjoy his daily teasing are told with good humor. For example, Vincent has to lower his head before going through each door or sit on a chair to wash the dishes. He portrays himself in very small hotel bathrooms or also plays with the merits of his size. “I change light bulbs easily,” he smiles.
He swears before taking on his new role: “I suppose my big size, and I live well with it.” “This is not the case for everyone. I just got a message from a boy who is being bullied at school because of his height. He assured me that my videos have restored his self-confidence. I feel the benefit.”
Suggest a movie role
The giant Turin statue has also been transformed into an influencer, who is the one who gives his good dressed titles. Finding XXXL is not easy, even if in private, he admits to finding a solution…family. “My mom has a passion for sewing,” he says. I recently gave her a Rolls-Royce sewing machine. She makes my running clothes, my T-shirt, and my suits.”
Over the months, the nearly thirty-year-old has become a role model for all people who struggle with their physical differences. His notoriety has now crossed the floors. When Tours plays away from his court, fans and fans of The Giant, who sometimes know nothing about basketball, travel to see it.
The slender axle was demanded on televisions, and the cinema was also approached. “I was offered a good role in a feature film, but I had to break free from work for more than a month. It goes against professional basketball, ”regrets Vincent Borchot. But his popularity still fuels his projects: he may see himself as a writer, only to further promote the “Power of Difference”.