Today we’re moving away from movies and television and drifting into a different type of media that is dominating the online community. YouTube. It’s been quite a few years now since the first of the Vloggers began gaining popularity. Most hugely popular YouTubers have had their channels for at least 5 years. Successful YouTube personalities range from teen girls and boys, young adults, families, makeup gurus, gamers, chefs, etc. The platform of YouTube has quickly grown into an extremely lucrative business which has turned this plethora of young people into celebrities. YouTube pays people based on the number of views on their page, so when people have videos that reach over 1 million views, they are rolling in it. Additionally, blogs, Instagram pages, endorsement deals all become ways of making money for these entrepreneurs. In terms of representation, YouTube is a phenomenal place to find every type of person imaginable! This post is going to be something like a starter kit for awesome women on YouTube! A little change up from the normal style of posts but not by much.
Here are 6 women you should be subscribed to on YouTube.
Ingrid Nilsen (missglamorazzi)
Ingrid created her channel in 2009 in hopes of over coming her fear of public speaking, and since then has become one of the most popular beauty guru’s on YouTube. When she started her channel was popular for her makeup tips, how to videos and her focus on fashion and style. 8 months ago however, she came out as a lesbian and since then has taken it upon herself to integrate lots of representation and activism into her channel. She is a funny intelligent woman who has turned her presence online into a progressive space.
Glozell Simon is one of the funniest women ever on the internet and her positivity and specific brand of comedy has earned her 4 million loyal subscribers. There’s nothing else to say, she is amazing and watching her videos will make your day.
Grace Helbig (gracehinabox)
Grace started her career on YouTube around the same time as GloZell and Ingrid but worked alongside MyDamnChannel and when she felt that her creative freedom was being hindered she left and remade her account. Her new channel is a wonderful channel that mixes comedy, beauty, fashion and general silliness. Grace however is also a successful talk show host, author and actress. She is snarky, cynical and wonderful. Her video in reference to Nicole Arbour’s gross video also shows her compassion.
Akilah is a comedian and writer whose YouTube channel ranges from tipsy book reviews to activist works to collaborations with actors and other YouTubers. She infuses a hilarious tone to a ton of issues like race and feminism. Generally hilarious smart, informative and great videos.
Louise Pentland (sprinkleofglitter)
Louise is a thirtyish year old mother of an adorable 4-year-old who created her YouTube around 5 years ago focusing on beauty and fashion. Her channel is mainly a lifestyle channel but she consistently talks about issues she has with homesickness and anxiety. She’s also body positive and has her own plus size clothing line out.
Lilly Singh (IIsuperwomanII)
Lilly is a Canadian (yay!!!) comedian and YouTuber who has 8 million subscribers. She posts sketches, interviews, vlogs. Her channel is heralded for her inclusivity and positivity. She recently made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, also!
YouTube as a place that has quickly turned into a celebrity making machine is frightening however. The community is full of scandals (more) and it seems that other than outrage online, YouTube doesn’t really have a plan of action in terms of changing the way the community operates.
These ladies however, infuse positivity, acceptance and friendship into this online space and I hope you all enjoy watching them!
Wednesday: Back on track with currently airing episodes: Shadowhunters 1×09.
Saturday: We are going to talk about the varying ways representation matters and how this intersects with representations of young women.