Influential Vietnamese: Michelle Phan – Make-Up Guru of Youtube
Michelle Phan is a Vietnamese-descent make-up guru of Youtube, current spokesperson for Lancome, and creator of her own beauty product line, IQQU Beauty International. Her art and beauty inspiration began at the early age of five. In an interview with Stephanie Hayes of Times, Michelle recalls a fond memory creating a Halloween mask. Her family was living on food stamps then and was unable to afford princess costumes that her other classmates could. Instead, she made her own mask by creatively using red lipstick to blend a crimson nose center and sketching a face on a paper plate  . From here, Michelle Phan learned to make something out of nothing. This artistic creativity was the making of her success today.
Now at the age of 22, she is a self-made businesswoman and beauty coach of Youtube, producing over 81 make-up tutorial videos totaling 119,090,450 views. Her most popular tutorials title, “Romantic Valentine Look”, “Brighter Larger Looking Eyes”, “Makeup For Glasses”, “Mysterious Masquerade Look”, and “Lady Gaga Poker Face Tutorial.” Her acclaimed success and popularity opened her into the spotlight of the fashion industry. Within the last year, Phan brought her talent backstage as a make-up artist for Chris Benz, New York Fashion Week 2009 and Michael Kors Spring 2010 Collection. Her vision also inspired a Canadian doctor and scientist to partner with her in the creation of her IQQU International Beauty skincare line.
Phan’s reputable image in the art and beauty industry has earned her a place in Vogue’s March issue celebrating the top web bloggers and sensations of our current day. Phan stands next to ten other self-made celebrities to share their story of passion, motivation, and inspiration. This was Vogues first-of-its-kind article featuring the fashion blogging world. Other Michelle Phan features include; Seventeen Magazine (August 2009), St. Petersburg Times (August 23, 2009), Sun Sentinel (August 24, 2009), popular blog BellaSuga (April 19, 2009), and Chilean newspaper for her Barbie video.
Michelle Phan stands as a proud Vietnamese American descent. But her story and pursuit of dreams reaches beyond the community to encourage all to never think small, but beyond. In September of 2008, Phan took her career a step further by aiding a charity fashion show, “Fashion for Compassion” dedicated to raising awareness to a Tampa sexual assault case. Her philanthropic work leads an example of a giving and compassionate nature. For Michelle Phan the future only gets bigger and brighter.
Source: St. Petersburg Times.
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