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Dear Media Signs ‘Pretty Basic’ Podcast From Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz (Exclusive)
November 21, 2023
Dear Media is adding lifestyle podcast Pretty Basic, hosted by Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz, to its roster of shows. The podcast, which won the 2021 Webby Award for Best Lifestyle Podcast, releases weekly episodes which alternate between one-on-one conversations with Marie and Cruz and interviews with celebrity guests, including Meghan Trainor, Dixie D’Amelio, Chris Olsen, Madison Beer and Ashley Tisdale.
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An Exclusive Interview With Toddy Smith
November 10, 2023
Toddy makes music in a way that everyone can respect: only releasing songs that feel right, staying true to lyrics and melody without overdoing it, and never pushing something that isn't serving him. He's the type of person who is always writing- whether it be music or a short story, which he admits he prefers a little more because he can just write anything that comes to mind with no thoughts of melody or diction or style.
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YouTuber Remi Cruz Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Cal Parsons: It Was 'So Perfect' (Exclusive)
November 8, 2023
Remi Cruz, a YouTuber and podcaster, is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Cal Parsons. Parsons popped the question on Sept. 2 while the two were on a surprise weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, California. The location is special to the pair, as it was where they celebrated their six-month anniversary years prior.
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Top Creators: Fashion 50
October 5, 2023
With over 15.3 million total followers, Alisha Marie McDonal, known as Alisha Marie online, has proven the longevity of a social media career. The lifestyle influencer first began posting vlogs and shopping hauls on YouTube in 2008, but now runs her clothing company, Parallel Apparel, hosts the podcast “Pretty Basic” with fellow longtime YouTuber Remi Ashten, and has collaborated with Macy’s, Living Proof, and BetterHelp.
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YouTube Shorts Success: 7 Creators Making Waves With Short-Form Content
August 15, 2023
Kiana’s Shorts videos encompass a wide array of captivating content, ranging from speedy sewing tutorials that showcase her designs and styling tips, to engaging makeup tutorials and even DIY house renovations. However, what truly sets Kiana apart as a standout Shorts creator, creating waves in the community, is her keen understanding of her audience. She skillfully offers a peek behind the curtain, sharing delightful glimpses of her life beyond content creation.
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31 Tips on How to win Youtube From Top beauty Bloggers
September 22, 2015
Clearly someone with hair as glorious as Vivian Vo-Farmer’s was destined for YouTube success.
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Fullscreen Signs Andrew Huang, Mia Stammer, Carly Cristman, And More (Exclusive)
May 6, 2016
Ahead of its NewFront presentation next Monday, Fullscreen announced that it has signed six new influencers to its illustrious network of more than 75,000 creators. They are: Mia Stammer, Carly Cristman, Shannon Beveridge and Cammie Scott, Andrew Huang, and Neels Visser.
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Aja Dang Is Preaching The Gospel Of Natural Beauty
June 23, 2016
Aja Dang is here to preach the gospel of natural beauty and confidence. As a child, she was made fun of for her features — she even remembers her mother picking her up from school and witnessing the other girls being mean.
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L'Oreal has tapped 15 digital influencers to take part in a yearlong program, "L'Oreal League".
June 27, 2016
The Paris-based beauty brand has tapped 15 digital influencers to take part in a yearlong program, “L’Oréal League".
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Katy Belotte
July 10, 2016
On the cover, Katy Bellotte // Featuring: Cailee Rae, Cullen Omori, Joey Bragg, Slow Hollows and loads more.
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Vivian Vo-Farmer Shows Her Everyday Lip How-To
August 16, 2016
We teamed up with Maybelline to show you the one lip product Vivian Vo-Farmer can't live without.
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Need a Halloween Costume? Watch Kayley Melissa Recreate 'Game of Thrones' Hairstyles
October 17, 2016
YouTube hair artist, Kayley Melissa’s recreates some of the television show’s classic hairstyles.
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YouTube Queen Alisha Marie Shares Her Social Media Success
January 10, 2017
YouTube sensation Alisha Marie shares with Access Hollywood the do's and don'ts to becoming a social media maven. Plus, how did Alisha get her web start?
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5 Braided Hairstyle Tutorials That Will Give You Majestic Mermaid Hair
July 11, 2017
Read all about Kayley Melissa's Khaleesi-inspired elegant braid.
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Local Wolves // Issue 50 - Vivian Vo-Farmer
July 11, 2017
On the cover, Vivian Vo-Farmer// Featuring: Evan Tan, Project Consent, Tara Chandra, Raya Encheva and loads more.
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Laurdiy - Alisha Marie & Mia Stammer Team Up For The Ultimate Back to School DIY Vid
July 24, 2017
YouTubers LaurDIY, Alisha Marie and Mia Stammer all teamed up once again for an amazing collab jam packed with fun back to school DIY projects.
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Watch: Tips and Tricks to Make 2017 the Best School Year Ever
August 4, 2017
There’s nothing better than freaking your friends out at school. Mia Stammer shows you how to pull off some fun pranks during class!
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Variety’s Youth Impact Report 2017
August 8, 2017
Alisha Marie, internet content creator, has racked up 2.99 million followers on Twitter, 3.2 million followers on Instagram and 5.7 million subscribers on YouTube — and counting.
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How To Make Your Own All-Natural Lip Balm by Aja Dang
September 22, 2017
Beauty and wellness blogger Aja Dang's video tutorial for a homemade all-natural lip balm takes 20 minutes, max.
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All The Times Youtuber Sarah Belle Gave Us Outfit Inspo
September 23, 2017
If you don’t already know her, meet beauty and lifestyle YouTuber Sarah Belle: the ultimate girl-next-door.
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How This Student Found Confidence With & Without Makeup
December 5, 2017
"Confidence is not, They will like me," says 22-year-old blogger Katy Bellotte. "Confidence is, I don't care if they like me, because I like me."
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12 Morning Habits of Influential Women
December 8, 2017
Refinery29 and European Wax Center ask Katy Bellotte along with three inspiring influencers from Strut Society — a group of women from different backgrounds who want to help other women feel empowered — to get the scoop on what their morning habits entail.
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Braided Updos from TV’s Victoria – Hair Tutorial | Kayley Melissa
January 14, 2018
Kayley Melissa brings together a hair tutorial from TV’s Victoria!
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How Alisha Marie used humor to launch a YouTube career?
March 20, 2018
Alisha Marie sat down with Eyewitness News on a recent trip to New York to gush about how she started creating content on YouTube.
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Aja Dang, lifestyle youtuber and influencer
April 2, 2018
Former talent at Maxim and Fox, now venturing off to put forth her voice on her own terms and finding purpose. Read about Aja in today's Spotlight.
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Alisha Marie's New Collab Is Here To Make Your Summer Even More Magical
May 1, 2018
Vlogging star Alisha Marie just announced her new collaboration with FUNBOY: A retro white convertible pool float complete with a cooler and metallic gold accents that are 100 percent Instagram worthy.
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This Influencer Is Using YouTube To Speak Frankly About Student Loan Debt
May 24, 2018
Aja Dang opens up about financial health and student loan debt on her popular YouTube channel.
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What this YouTube Star with 7.3 Million Subcribers Is Doing to Deal With Burnout
May 30, 2018
Alisha Marie started on the platform at age 15, but recently has been feeling creatively squeezed.
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Alisha Marie on YouTuber Burnout
June 30, 2018
Alisha Marie is one of those YouTubers who have been around forever. In the YouTube world, forever is 10 years. Think back to the big YouTubers from a decade ago. Chances are that they’re working a normal job, not making videos watched by millions of people.
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Alisha Marie Updates Fans About When She's Returning to Her Main YouTube Channel
July 17, 2018
The 25-year-old digital influencer opened up about she’s been handling her break and what’s ahead for her on the platform. Alisha also got real about doing more back-to-school videos and if she’s grown out of them.
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Alisha Marie Makes Official Return to Her Main YouTube Channel
July 25, 2018
The 25-year-old digital influencer took to her main YouTube Channel on Wednesday (July 25) to reveal that she is back while also giving fans an update as to what she’s been up to during her hiatus.
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Are YouTube's Algorithms Fueling Creator Burnout?
August 28, 2018
Alisha Marie hit the breaking point once she realized she was lying to herself.
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Alisha Marie Shares Back-To-School Hacks
September 5, 2018
Alisha Maire shares some handy hacks for school and college dorms.
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The 16 Best Dogs On Instagram To Follow RN, Because You Can't Get Enough Furry Cuteness
September 25, 2018
Ken makes his home with a famous YouTuber: lifehack expert Mia Stammer. But the photo-loving Corgi doesn't need any hacks to enhance his natural cuteness.
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Millennials Are Getting Screwed By The For-Profit Student Loan Industry
September 26, 2018
Aja Dang discusses how college is a big business and are profiting over student loans debt.
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FaceTory x Aja Dang Collection
October 5, 2018
FaceTory collaborated with skincare queen and multi-talented Youtuber Aja Dang for our October Seven Lux and Four-ever Fresh Kit.
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Alisha Marie And Remi Cruz To Host First-Ever ‘Streamys Brand Awards’
October 5, 2018
"After nabbing the experiment-happy Try Guys to host this year’s flagship presentation, the Streamy Awards has tapped close friends and leading lifestyle influencers Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz to host a breakout event honoring notable achievements in digital marketing. "
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Podcast Debuts By Alisha Marie And Remi Cruz, Grace Helbig And Mamrie Hart Top iTunes Charts
October 26, 2018
Alisha Marie McDonal and Remi Cruz’s gossipy Pretty Basic podcast, launched last Wednesday, as well as Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart’s This Might Get Weird — an audio-only resurrection of their cancelled YouTube talk show — peaked at the No. 1 spot overall and No. 2 spot in the ‘Comedy’ category on the U.S. iTunes charts this week, respectively.
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This ancient Chinese beauty trend is ALL over Instagram right now - and people say it gives them the best skin of their life
October 31, 2018
Aja Dang shares latest and greatest trend in the world of crystal beauty is gua sha.
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My Favorite Room: YouTuber Alisha Marie's home office balances rustic and glam
November 3, 2018
When it came to reconciling a sibling design feud, YouTube influencer Alisha Marie called upon her friend and interior designer Sharrah Stevens to find a compromise.
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Talk to My Agent
November 8, 2018
Evegail Andal is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Matter Media Group.
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We Shouldn't Be Surprised YouTubers Are Burning Out Like The Rest Of Us
January 11, 2019
Living our lives for likes is both addictive, toxic and undoubtedly leads to increased anxiety and low self-esteem
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Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz Announce Upcoming 'Pretty Basic' Live Shows
January 29, 2019
Calling all pretty basic girls! Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz are taking their podcast on the road! In case you missed it, late last year these to YouTube stars launched their lifestyle podcast “Pretty Basic.”
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Spotify's deal signals a golden era of podcasting
February 22, 2019
Part of the growth has been fueled by celebrities such as Remi Cruz and Alisha Marie, who last year launched an L.A.-based podcast about their lives called “Pretty Basic,” in which they discuss such topics as dating and fitness.
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San Diego March 2019, Two Peas in a Podcast
February 27, 2019
For Alisha Marie and Remi Crus Their Success is Anythign But #Basic
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How one woman paid off $100,000 in student debt in 15 months - and why she wants to help others achieve financial freedom
April 5, 2019
15 months ago, Aja Dang was buried under nearly $200,000 in student loan debt. Now, she has paid off over half of that debt, and is using her platform as a lifestyle YouTuber and Instagram influencer to help her viewers achieve financial freedom. Aja joins Yahoo Finance's Jennifer Rogers, Myles Udland, and Editor-at-Large Brian Sozzi, to discuss the details of her financial journey.
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Want To Wear Your Hair Like Lady Sansa of Winterfell? This Beauty YouTuber Has Your Back
May 20, 2019
While it might seem like most of Sansa's hairstyles are way too complex to achieve without spending hours fussing with bobby pins and untangling poorly done braids, beauty YouTuber Kayley Melissa created a step-by-step tutorial highlighting five of Sansa's most memorable looks.
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May 2019 Issue 40 Lucid Magazine Featuring Mia Sayoko
May 23, 2019
Lucid first met up with Mia Sayoko while she was touring with fellow beauty influencer, Adelaine Morin, for the cover of our 15th Issue Now, a little over two years later, we chat with the 24-year-old beauty guru, musician and vlogger about mental health, traveling, her upcoming EP, and more!
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After Tati Westbrook, James Charles Debacle Check Out These Drama-Free Beauty Influencers
May 26, 2019
Taking inspiration from GoT characters, Melissa is able to recreate the medieval hairstyle and deliver an in-depth tutorial so others can embody their inner Sansa Stark or Mother of Dragons.
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This Look Is Money: How Fashion Influencers Get Dressed Part 2
July 1, 2019
When Katy Bellotte finds something she loves, then she will likely buy it multiple times, and her metallic gold Lulus sandals are no exception. The YouTuber, blogger, podcaster, and social media coordinator at L'Oréal Paris owns six pairs of the affordable find ($30).
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Best Friends Spill the Tea (LaurDIY & Mia Sayoko) | Truth or Drink | Cut
July 8, 2019
Watch Lauren Riihimaki and Mia Sayoko play Truth or Drink, choose between the cold hard truth or a nice stiff drink.
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Instagram Launched Long-Form Video Last Year. Is Anyone Watching?
July 12, 2019
"I definitely have noticed it hasn't taken off too much," said Alisha McDonal, known as Alisha Marie on her social media channels. "It's one more thing to add to everything [creators do]."
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Worried about YouTube policies, creators look for new ways to bring in money.
July 12, 2019
"Alisha McDonal, known as Alisha Marie on her social media channels, has been on YouTube for over 10 years, but has branched out to other mediums. She posts sponsored content on her Instagram account, in addition to her apparel line and podcast. ""It's crazy knowing that if [YouTube] was gone tomorrow, at least I have a few different things I'm doing,"" McDonal said."
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Loren Gray, Lauren Riihimaki to Star in IGTV Series From The Dodo ‘You Know Me…Now Meet My Pet’ (Exclusive)
July 13, 2019
The six-episode series will launch on July 17 and features six popular Instagram influencers who will introduce their beloved pets. Joining Loren, who has 16 million-plus follwers on Instagram, and Riihimaki (5 million followers) are Mia Sayoko (1.8 million followers), Mahogany Lox (1.4 million), Kristen McAtee (1.2 million) and Drew Lynch (506,000 followers).
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The Dodo, Instagram puts a spotlight on famous pets
July 15, 2019
You Know Me…Now Meet My Pet is a six-part series, with six young influencers introducing the world to their beloved pets. Featured influencers include Mia Sayoko and her corgi Ken.
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Alisha Marie Gets Vulnerable About Taking Off Her Makeup | Naked Truths | Refinery29
July 19, 2019
In this episode of Naked Truths, YouTube creator Alisha Marie takes off her makeup on camera.
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Podcast Listening Has Reached A Zenith - Thanks to Millennials
August 14, 2019
Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz record their Ramble Network podcast show “Pretty Basic” at Cadence13 in Los Angeles. Podcast app use is up, particularly among millennials, a new report shows.
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YouTubers React To 10 Things That Were #1 This Week (Billie Eilish, K-Pop, PewDiePie)
August 27, 2019
Watch Youtubers Mia Sayoko, Joey Graceffa, Jessie Paege react to the top #1 things this week
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YouTubers React To Try Not To Look Back Challenge
September 14, 2019
Watch Youtubers Mia Sayoko, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Motoki Maxted try not to look back challenge.
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The Top 14 Talent Managers for YouTube Creators and Influencers Who Are Shaping The Future of Digital Media
October 9, 2019
Business Insider is recognizing the power players who are helping shape the careers of these stars in 2019. In this inaugural list, we are highlighting the top 14 YouTube talent managers who are assisting creators with their digital brands and businesses.
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Meet Instagram Hottie Jair Woo
October 11, 2019
Woo runs a self-titled style channel where he posts fashion tips, personal style, hair tutorials, DIY’s, and more. He has accumulated over 425,000 subscribers.
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15 of The Most Fun and Informative Podcasts From Your Favorite Social Media Stars
October 29, 2019
YouTube vloggers Ashley Nichole and Taryne Renee are a comedic duo who'll leave you laughing through the chaos of your life. They're no experts, but they are full of advice! Dating advice, work advice, and even advice on what to do when you've fallen in love with your best friend's brother. Yikes!
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These Social Media Influencers are Taking Over the Podcast Market
October 29, 2019
YouTube vloggers Ashley Nichole and Taryne Renee are a comedic duo who'll have you laughing through the chaos of your life. They're no experts, but they are full of advice! Dating advice, work advice, and even advice on what to do when you've fallen in love with your best friend's brother. Yikes!
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Youtube and Vine Sensation, Toddy Smith, Only Needs 6 Seconds to Make You Smile
December 1, 2019
It’s just past 8 a.m. in a slightly muggy studio space in Downtown LA, but Toddy Smith is ready to roll. Both literally, insofar as his seemingly boundless supply of energy, and figuratively, since he’s strolled in holding a Canon XF100 Camcorder. Then again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the 28-year-old Smith has made a name for himself as a prolific content creator, boasting over one million subscribers on YouTube and 2.4 million followers on Instagram.
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On YouTube’s 15th birthday, long-time creators talk about the platform they grew up with
February 14, 2020
As YouTube figures out its awkward teen years, some creators have been left behind, others are skeptical, and some hopeful for where the platform is headed.
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What it's like working for a YouTube star and how to get a job in the influencer industry by networking, according to Alisha Marie's video editor
January 6, 2021
Taylor King never thought she would be working full time for a social-media influencer after graduating from college. It simply didn't occur to her that it was a career opportunity. King originally dreamed of working at a Hollywood production studio when she began to study video production at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. But during college, King met YouTubers around Los Angeles and offered to help them film and edit videos to boost her skills.
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Incredible! Madison Watkins BELTS Whitney Houston’s “Run To You” - American Idol 2021
April 18, 2021
It takes an especially talented person to cover a Whitney Houston song, which is why Madison Watkins is the perfect one to do it! Singing Whitney’s “Run To You” from “The Bodyguard,” Madison belts all the right notes, giving us ALL the feels with this one!
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TikTok, YouTube, drag and a World of Xtra
June 5, 2021
It was never Stan Fukase’s intention to go viral on TikTok. “When the pandemic started, I started making TikTok videos like everyone else,” he says over a video call. “I was never expecting to be famous or anything.” Yet after a brief dabble with the dance videos that TikTok is famed for, it was a video making fun of how drag queens greet each other that went viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of views. As Fukase began to post on TikTok more, however, those numbers started to pale in comparison to the thousands of followers he was gaining daily.
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Alisha Marie & Ashley Nichole on starting Parallel Apparel and their favorite products
July 28, 2021
LA-based YouTubers Alisha Marie and Ashley Nichole, with over 9 million subscribers combined, are social media creators, podcast co-hosts of their own shows and, most recently, the two faces behind the new clothing label, Parallel Apparel.
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Episode 151: American Idol and Building a Solid Identity with Madison Watkins
February 25, 2022
Relaunch week is ending with a party! Join Amanda and Madison Watkins as they talk about how your life has a purpose, being strong in your faith, and life in the public eye. Catch up with Madison @madison_watkins Pre-save her new single Lose to Love coming out on March 9th.
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‘The opportunity has never been bigger’: How the creator economy has opened options for creators to profit from their intellectual property
May 12, 2022
“We’re starting to see a lot of these ‘mid-level’ — I say that in air quotes — creators really pop into having a heavier hand in their own brands or even just more so of a collaboration aspect with their favorite brands,” said Evegail Andal, founder and CEO of talent management firm Matter Media Group.
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Fashion Upcycling Is More Popular Than Ever — 6 Tools To Get You Started
May 27, 2022
That’s why creators like Kiana Bonollo, who has over 270,000 followers on the app, are helping followers figure out how to start learning sewing and upcycling with little to no skills. “It’s great to see more and more people upcycling,” says Bonollo, who is a fashion designer and patternmaker. “I don’t think it’s a trend; I think it’s going to continue to grow and stay with us in the future.”
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23-year-old who also pays attention to "Marc Jacobs", "Tick Toker who has grown the fastest in Japan" Stan Fukase
June 15, 2022
“The Japan Times” reported Stan Fukase as “the influencer whose number of TikTok followers has increased the most in Japan . ” He is also attracting attention in the fashion industry, such as being appointed for the social media campaign of " MARC JACOBS ". . Although Fukase is based in Japan, it mainly distributes in English, so it is more famous overseas, especially in the United States. Especially popular with Generation Z, she launched her own fashion brand last year. We asked the next-generation influencer, who is active in a wide range of fields, about his commitment to fashion, his career, and the current state of LGBTQ+ in Japan.
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This YouTuber is planning a destination wedding in Hawaii on a budget: Here are her 3 biggest tips
July 15, 2022
Aja Dang is no stranger to creating a budget to reach life’s milestones. In 2020, she documented on her YouTube channel her journey towards paying off $200,000 in credit card, car and student loan debt in just two years. This year, she’s given herself a new challenge: planning her destination wedding on a $45,000 budget.
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Williams Sonoma And No Kid Hungry Partner With Celebrities And Famous Influencers In Effort To End Childhood Hunger In America
July 18, 2022
Williams Sonoma, a brand portfolio member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the world’s largest digital-first, design-led and sustainable home retailer, announced today the launch of the brand’s eighth annual Tools For Change fundraising program benefitting No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America.
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nutpods Partners with YouTube Creator Remi Cruz to Launch Co-Branded Variety Pack of Creamers
October 3, 2022
nutpods, the popular plant-based coffee creamer brand, has partnered with Remi Cruz, the leading cooking and lifestyle YouTube creator and award-winning podcast host with over 5 million followers, to launch a co-branded variety pack of Cruz’s favorite nutpods flavors.
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Who is Madison Watkins? Everything you need to know about national anthem singer for Game 4 of the World Series.
November 2, 2022
The singer-songwriter made it to the Top 12 of last year’s American Idol season. She released a new single last week.
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‘Refer to me as Beyoncé’s best friend’ – bride gets bragging rights after Beyoncé reposts her ‘Cuff It’ wedding video
November 22, 2022
When digital creator Aja Dang and her husband Brian Puspos, who happens to be a choreographer, posted a video of them doing the insanely popular dance moves to “Cuff It” – a trend that has gone viral – they had no idea that it would be seen, nevermind reposted, by the Queen B herself.
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13 influencer management firms and talent agencies with BIPOC leaders that are helping creators from underrepresented backgrounds break through
December 22, 2022
Prior to starting Matter Media Group, Andal worked in PR and social-media marketing on the brand side for five years, and then as a talent manager at several firms. Matter Media Group represents entrepreneurs and storytellers across all platforms. The firm currently has a roster of 39 clients across the US, Canada, and Japan.
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15 rising stars on YouTube Shorts
December 26, 2022
Kiana Bonollo is a full-time fashion and sewing content creator. Although she didn’t start creating content until 2020, she quickly gained a following because of her love for sharing her sewing knowledge and experience. Since then, she has expanded her content to fashion styling, diy nails, and beauty.
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Remi Cruz Shows Drew How to Make Her Fried Mac N Cheese
January 30, 2023
Recipe developer and YouTube sensation Remi Cruz joins Drew in her kitchen to teach her how to make fried mac n cheese.
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YouTuber Alisha Marie on Her Secret to Social Media Success
February 9, 2023
YouTuber Alisha Marie stops by Trending to discuss her social media success, podcast, and clothing brand.
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6 Shorts creators to watch from Texas
March 2, 2023
Celine Tran of jellybeanceline is a full-time sociology Ph. D student and content creator who shares content to romanticize the little things in life — from everyday things to art and travel. She's managed to garner 84,000 subscribers on YouTube in less than a year!
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See All Of The Can't-Miss Events Happening In L.A. This March
March 3, 2023
Pretty Basic podcast hosts Remi Cruz and Alisha Marie will host their first-ever fan meet and greet at La La Land Kind Cafe at The Grove on March 10 to 12 from 7 a.m. to close. Celebrating the recent launch of the new podcast season and their upcoming merch drop, the event allows fans the opportunity to meet Cruz and Marie, try on-theme coffees and partake in a number of photo opps.
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In The Know: Glow Up Garage
March 3, 2023
From learning how to replace your tail lights, to personalizing your gear shift stick, our host Anatalia Villaranda is showing us the best ways to customize your ride and pull off impressive automotive DIYs.
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The Originals: 20 Quotes That Made Us Love Freya Mikaelson, Ranked
March 7, 2023
Interestingly, many fans of The Originals still don't know that Riley Voelkel originally auditioned to play the youngest Mikaelson sister, Rebekah. Although she lost the role to Claire Holt, the show's producers were so impressed with Voelkel's audition that they created the character of Freya specifically for her — and boy, did she deliver!
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Pretty Basic Launch Pop Up + Meet & Greet At La La Land
March 10, 2023
The cafe will be decked out in all things Pretty Basic, with tons of amazing photo-op moments and La La Land signature coffees with names inspired by Remi, Alisha, and Pretty Basic.
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Alisha Marie is still on social media—and she’s not going anywhere
March 21, 2023
Marie started posting videos in 2011, with content ranging from makeup tutorials and morning routines to fashion hacks and back-to-school tips. She partnered with top brands—Marc Jacobs, Tarte Cosmetics, BMW, Amazon, Hollister—and designed her own Casetify X Alisha Marie phone case collection. Marie’s social media empire further extends to her own size-inclusive clothing brand, Parallel Apparel, which she founded alongside her sister, Ashley Nicole.
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Remi Cruz partners with ZYRTEC® to say goodbye to allergy symptoms
March 29, 2023
Influencer and allergy sufferer Remi Cruz partners with ZYRTEC® to say goodbye to allergy symptoms and that dreaded Monday feeling with their limited-edition Beat the Mondays collection.
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Quincy Brown Tells PEOPLE Exclusively About 'Unique' Upbringing as Diddy's Oldest Son
April 26, 2023
Quincy Brown knows that he grew up under extraordinary circumstances. Speaking with PEOPLE about the new Paramount+ series Family Legacy — narrated by the rapper, 31, who also appears with brothers Christian "King" Combs, 25, and Justin Dior Combs, 29, to talk about their dad, Sean "Diddy" Combs, 53 — the budding artist says witnessing hard work his whole life has been inspiring.
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4/27/2023
April 27, 2023
Kiana Bonollo is a full-time fashion and sewing content creator. Although she didn’t start creating content until 2020, she quickly gained a following because of her love for sharing her sewing knowledge and experience. Since then, she has expanded her content to fashion styling, DIY nails and beauty. One of her favorite types of videos to create are “get ready with me” styling videos.
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Rising Music Star Madison Watkins On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry
April 28, 2023
Madison Watkins has always been drawn to music. Inspired by the voices of legendary pop artists with soul influences, like Whitney Houston, Tori Kelly, and Bruno Mars, Madison has captivated audiences and is cementing her legacy in the pop music space. A multifaceted, prolific artist and singer-songwriter, she naturally stands out through her bold personality, resolution, and grit — her music has the intimacy of a conversation between girlfriends, never compromising the innate popstar glam that has accompanied her journey to date.
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Interview with artist Madison Watkins and her new singles “Find You” & “Mom”
May 10, 2023
Check out our interview with talented singer-songwriter Madison Watkins who recently released her new single “Find You,” and a new Mother’s Day song called “Mom.” “Find You” is a delicate and heartfelt ballad about looking ahead and trusting that you will eventually meet ‘the one.’”
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6 AAPI Financial Influencers to Follow in 2023
May 19, 2023
Aja Dang, Mstrpln: "My experience might be unique because, as a fourth-generation Asian American, no one in my family ever taught me about money. No one talked to me about savings or even how difficult it was for my parents to support me when I was younger.
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A TikToker recreated Dua Lipa's vintage Chanel Met Gala dress using only $200 worth of material, including curtain fringe. Take a look.
May 25, 2023
Kiana Bonollo, a 24-year-old content creator and pattern maker from North Carolina, told Insider that she – like many others – habitually tunes in to see arrivals at the annual star-studded Met Gala in New York City. But unlike most people, Bonollo checks out the event to see if there's a dress on the red carpet she can challenge herself to recreate.
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Influencer Marcel Floruss Named Creative Director of Aetos
May 25, 2023
Aetos, a men’s essentials brand, has brought Marcel Floruss of One Dapper Street on board as creative director. Since moving from Germany to the United States, Floruss, a men’s style influencer, has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree in the Media & Marketing category, amassed more than 90 million views on his One Dapper Street YouTube.
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Gen Zers Are Snapping Up Flip Phones. They Might Be Onto Something.
June 2, 2023
WHEN SAMMY Palazzolo goes out, people constantly ask to see her phone. The 18-year-old often obliges, flipping it open and handing it over. In late 2022, Ms. Palazzolo and some of her dorm-mates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were bemoaning their smartphone addictions. “We were talking about how we [felt] like slaves to our phones, like robots who keep scrolling and scrolling, even when we’re out at parties.” The group hatched a plan to do something about it. The next day, they went flip-phone shopping at Walmart.
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Top 21 Digital Influencers of 2023
July 7, 2023
“I’ve now realized that being a person of influence just means being a good, kind human being. I try my best in my content to be inspiring to my viewers to just treat people nicely, give people grace, and to understand what we all make mistakes. I’ve been so lucky to cultivate an incredible audience built up of kind, respectful people, and I’m so proud of what I’ve learned along the way.”
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YouTube Shorts Success: 7 Creators Making Waves With Short-Form Content
August 15, 2023
Kiana’s Shorts videos encompass a wide array of captivating content, ranging from speedy sewing tutorials that showcase her designs and styling tips, to engaging makeup tutorials and even DIY house renovations. However, what truly sets Kiana apart as a standout Shorts creator, creating waves in the community, is her keen understanding of her audience. She skillfully offers a peek behind the curtain, sharing delightful glimpses of her life beyond content creation.
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Top Creators: Fashion 50
October 5, 2023
With over 15.3 million total followers, Alisha Marie McDonal, known as Alisha Marie online, has proven the longevity of a social media career. The lifestyle influencer first began posting vlogs and shopping hauls on YouTube in 2008, but now runs her clothing company, Parallel Apparel, hosts the podcast “Pretty Basic” with fellow longtime YouTuber Remi Ashten, and has collaborated with Macy’s, Living Proof, and BetterHelp.
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YouTuber Remi Cruz Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Cal Parsons: It Was 'So Perfect' (Exclusive)
November 8, 2023
Remi Cruz, a YouTuber and podcaster, is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Cal Parsons. Parsons popped the question on Sept. 2 while the two were on a surprise weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, California. The location is special to the pair, as it was where they celebrated their six-month anniversary years prior.
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An Exclusive Interview With Toddy Smith
November 10, 2023
Toddy makes music in a way that everyone can respect: only releasing songs that feel right, staying true to lyrics and melody without overdoing it, and never pushing something that isn't serving him. He's the type of person who is always writing- whether it be music or a short story, which he admits he prefers a little more because he can just write anything that comes to mind with no thoughts of melody or diction or style.
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Dear Media Signs ‘Pretty Basic’ Podcast From Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz (Exclusive)
November 21, 2023
Dear Media is adding lifestyle podcast Pretty Basic, hosted by Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz, to its roster of shows. The podcast, which won the 2021 Webby Award for Best Lifestyle Podcast, releases weekly episodes which alternate between one-on-one conversations with Marie and Cruz and interviews with celebrity guests, including Meghan Trainor, Dixie D’Amelio, Chris Olsen, Madison Beer and Ashley Tisdale.
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