Cheji joins us as we talk about Grace Victory, YouTube’s older sister, and Ari Fitz who tells stories that make you think.
“Without my childhood, i wouldn’t be where i am today. I turned all my pain into passion”
Grace Victory is YouTube’s big sister and has over 30 million view on her YouTube channel. She talks about taboo subject and is open about her struggle with an eating disorder, body image issues and experience with domestic violence. The incredible fashionista focuses on plus size fashion and the importance of self care.
She has published a book No Filter: An Uncensored Guide to Life from the Internets Big Sister.
Grace is a documentary filmmaker and has created Clean Eating, Dirty Secrets for BBC Three and The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of the Puppy Trade. She is an Ambassodor for Feel Unique and Partner for Nike Women.
She recently founded on instagram @healgrowglow which she describes as being “here to encourage you to; heal your trauma, grow through pain, glow onto love life”
“Being someone who isn’t clearly masculine or feminine, I’m daily confronted with people who don’t understand me. So, I’ve found I have to assert who I am every single day; from the way I dress to the art I make, all of it.”
Ari Fitz is a YouTuber, model, writer, filmmaker and reality tv star (She was on MTV The Real World: Ex-Plosion 2014). She became a vlogger when she was 23 and moved to L.A.
She is an androgynous woman and uses YouTube to tell stories about gender, identity, love and beauty
“I tell these stories because no one else is. No one else is sharing the kind of narrative I needed to see when I was 9 years old, 13 years old, 21 years old, and I’d like to close that gap. I’d like to challenge the way we define beauty, challenge the way we identify ourselves and those around us, challenge the way we decide where we belong. I’d like to expose all of us to more honest stories, and I use storytelling as my means of doing so.”
She has made a documentary about a pregnant butch woman, has a sixty second series on what it’s like to get dressed as a black, queer and androgynous woman. She has a science fantasy queer & brown webcomic called WEDGE. The story follows a powerful girl on a search for her first kiss. www.wedgethecomic.com She has a project called TOMBOYISH, which focusses on those who want to dress in both feminine and masculine clothing.
“…I hope other androgynous people, non-binary people, trans people, people of color, all people really, are a little more bullish about the ways our stories are told. The scripts out there, the opportunities out there, the executives out there, aren’t ready for us. But the good news is if you have a cell phone and a clear idea of your narrative, you probs won’t need any of them anyway. Go make your own work, sis.”