Michelle Phan is an American makeup instructor and a product demonstrator with Vietnamese ethnicity. She’s a famous, self-taught YouTuber who earned tremendous fame by posting fashion and beauty tutorials. Of today, her YouTube channel has 8 million subscribers and has uploaded about 385 videos. Here is a quick summary of Michelle Phan’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Michelle Phan Early Life
Michelle Phan saw the light of the day on April 11, 1987, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Michelle was born to Jennifer Phan who’s also her inspiration and an epitome. Phan family was basically a refugee from Vietnam and Michelle’s father an inveterate gambler who was responsible for the worst situations of their household. When she six, her father left the family, and she was tagged with a step-father who was quite dominating and controlling.
Michelle’s mother owned a nail salon and Michelle spent most of her time in the salon itself. So, Michelle was always surrounded by makeup kits, colours, beauty and an exorbitant aura of cosmetics. Jennifer always steered her away from this field and wanted her to become a medical practitioner. In fact, Michelle preached medical her whole life but ended up enrolling in an art school.
Michelle did her schooling at Tampa Bay Technical High School, Tampa, Florida. Later, she attended Ringling College of Art and Design in pursuit of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree. Michelle has an elder brother and a younger, half-sister.
Michelle Phan Career
In the year 2005, Phan started with a personal beauty blog Xanga with a username Ricebunny and posted several beauty tips. People often requested her for further makeup instructions and liked her videos. In 2007, she started posting makeup tutorials on YouTube.
2009 and 2010 brought a huge ode to success in Michelle Phan’s success as BuzzFeed featured her makeup video, “How to get Lady Gaga’s Eyes” which spread at a jet speed. This bagged in millions of subscribers to her YouTube channel. Apart from this, she became a YouTube advertising partner and premiered FAWN, a multi-channel network.
In 2010, Michelle became the representative of Lancome across the world and their official video makeup artist. In 2011, she co-founded ‘MyGlam’- a monthly subscription for beauty products. In 2012, ‘MyGlam’ was renamed as ‘ipsy’. The breakthrough in her flying career came when L’Oreal launched a cosmetic line, ‘em’ by Michelle Phan. Michelle dedicated this cosmetic range to her mother.
In October 2014, she launched her book, ‘Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success’ with the help of Random House.
Awards & Achievements
In 2014, Michelle’s YouTube channel ranked 48 on New Media Rockstars’ Top 100 Channels list. In the same year, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty and Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Female. She also won Streamy Award for Inspiration Icon Award and Shorty Award for Best YouTube Guru.
In the successive year, she was again nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty and Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Female. In 2015, her name appeared in Forbes30 under 30 lists. In the year 2016, Michelle was nominated for the third time for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty.
Net Worth of Michelle Phan
Michelle Phan has an estimated net worth of more than $50 million. She makes her fortune from the online video tutorials that depict her as a makeup instructor and product demonstrator. It’s worth noting that in the year 2015, Michelle raised $100 million to value her company Ipsy at over $500 million.
Michelle Phan is an epitome for those who come from deprived surroundings in anticipation of fame. When she released her first video on YouTube, it got about 40,000 views within a single week. By 2008, on an average, her videos had 600,000 views. Michelle relaunched the brand ‘Em’ in 2017 after a long break from the digital world.