She was the first one of us who’d made it to YouTube without meaning to. She has a lot to do with my journey without meaning to either.
In 2012, I became at Beauty Writer and Editor at Prevention magazine.
I loved how much I was learning at my new job and wanted to share it with the few people who logged on to my website by sheer accident. It was never about numbers for me. At least not at that time.
While I personally got busy with my brand and thought Michelle Phan is out on a FAM trip, none of us knew she was going through a hard time.
I know how spending time away from my phone or daily drama brings a perspective that had been missed. I don’t know the number of trips I made to my sister’s place just because I needed to get away.
Somewhere between wanting to be popular, create good content and help others, I lost my way. 2016 was a turning point: I realised I can’t do all three. In a quest to be popular, I was missing out on being myself–even if that means writing what I’m writing now.
Michelle Phan re-surfaced a few months ago, and hinted at a re-birth of her brand, her work and her personality.
And she’s not just doing beauty. She’s staying true to herself.