Many guys who are famous as Internet personalities are either gamblers, comedians, or jokers, but James Charles became an Internet sensation for something more feminine – make-up.
Shortly after launching his YouTube channel, on which he publishes make-up tutorials, Charles made his breakthrough into the mainstream when the channel quickly gained over 4 million subscribers. His Instagram account also has over 4.5 million followers. James Charles, who occasionally appears in the tabloids, has been the subject of a number of controversies since his rise to the mainstream. Here is his story.
James Charles Bio
James Charles Dickinson was born on 23 May 1999 in Bethlehem, New York. He has a younger brother named Ian Charles. In his early teenage years, he became interested in make-up and, after receiving his parents’ approval, ordered his first make-up starter kit online. His father even helped him convert the basement into a make-up studio.
And so he started experimenting with his friends. Like all make-up artists these days, James Charles opened an Instagram account in 2015, as well as a YouTube channel to share photos of his work or educational videos.
Charles revealed that he was using his work online as a form of artistic expression to inspire others and creatively challenge himself. Charles is quite talented with brushes as he has quickly gained a fan base.
His fame, however, skyrocketed when his photo appeared on the internet in September 2016. It is said that James woke up at 7 am on the morning of the photoshoot to get dressed up for the big day. The photo was meant for his yearbook – something that would always be there, so James had to make sure the picture was iconic, something he could look back on years later and knock his chest out.
Before he went to school for the photoshoot, James took a selfie of his well-contoured face and posted it to his Instagram followers, and the positive comments he received made his mission half accomplished. But not so fast… When James arrived at school, he posed for the photos, and the results were far from impressive, which James attributed to the camera lights used.
However, James was not willing to let all the hard work that cost him his early morning nap go to waste, so he sent an email to the photo company asking for a new shoot, and they agreed. This time James wasn’t willing to take a risk with their camera, so he brought his own ring light, which he uses for make-up photos that he sends to his Instagram.
The results were amazing this time, and James Charles took Twitter and Instagram to document the details of how the perfect photo was taken, and how to vroom it became a virus. Words like legendary, iconic, and bravery were used to describe James’ efforts. The photo even caught the attention of star actress Zendaya, who responded to the post by saying “YOU WIN”. Since Zendaya is one of the people James looks up to, his day was more than made.
As if the viral photo hadn’t already contributed enough to making James Charles known to the world, the Beauty Behemoth CoverGirl brought him in about a month later in October 2016 as her first male ambassador ever, aka CoverBoy. CoverGirl spokeswoman Katy Perry went to her Instagram to break the news to the world by publishing a photo of herself next to James in full glory.
James Charles was offered the task of being the face of CoverGirl’s new mascara line So Lashy! Next, he had his first television appearance with Ellen. Charles represented Marco Marco’s collection Six 1/2 on the catwalk at Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2017.
His yearbook photo was extra, so it made sense for James Charles to do something extra on the day of the graduation ceremony in June 2017 as well – on his graduation cap was CoverGirl’s slogan “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful”.
His Net Worth
Getting a CoverGirl gig comes with a huge paycheck, and James Charles is sure to get what he deserves. His millions of followers on social media also mean he gets top dollars for advertising.
After earning the CoverGirl gig, he caught Forbes’ attention and was added to their list of 30 Under 30 – Art & Style in 2017. The net worth of James Charles is estimated at 2 million dollars.
Is Jame Charles Gay? Here Are The Facts
Yes! James Charles has been openly gay since he was 12 years old when he was in middle school.
James elaborated on his coming out experience when he performed with Ellen in November 2016. He said his parents were “incredibly accepting” and he had received a lot of support from his community and school.