Michelle Phan

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Michelle Phan
Michelle Phan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Michelle Phan in 2014.
Born (1987-01-19) January 19, 1987 (age 27)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Entrepreneur, video make-up demonstrator
Years active 2006–present
Known for YouTube celebrity
Partner(s) Dominique Capraro (2010–present)

Michelle Phan (born April 11, 1987)[1] is an American make-up demonstrator and entrepreneur who became notable as a YouTube celebrity.[2] Phan's YouTube channel has over 6 million subscribers and she has uploaded over 300 videos.[3]

Early life[edit]

Michelle Phan (Vietnamese name, Tuyết Băng) [4] was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Phan is of full Vietnamese descent. A few years after birth, her family moved to the San Francisco, California area. Eventually, Phan and her family moved to Tampa, Florida where she attended Tampa Bay Technical High School.

Phan attended and dropped out of Ringling School of Art and Design. As of March 2014, Phan has received an honorary degree from Ringling. [5]


In 2005, Phan had a personal blog in which she discussed different makeup tutorials and received requests for further instruction.[6] She began posting tutorial vlogs on Xanga under the username Ricebunny and then began publishing on YouTube in May, 2007.[7][8] She patterned her production style on Bob Ross; "There is something magical about narration and voiceovers. Recording a voiceover is an art form in itself."[2] Buzzfeed featured two of Phan's "How To Get Lady Gaga's Eyes" makeup tutorials in 2009 and 2010, which helped them go viral and brought her over a million subscribers.[9][10][11] Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN, a YouTube MCN (multi-channel network) in 2012.[2][12]

In 2010, Lancôme made Phan their official video make-up artist after she featured some of their products in her videos.[13] In 2011, Phan co-founded 'MyGlam', a monthly beauty products subscription service, which has since been renamed "ipsy".[14]

On August 15, 2013, L'Oreal launched a new cosmetic line called EM by Michelle Phan.[15] Her estimated 2014 income was one million.[16]

Copyright infringement lawsuit[edit]

In July 2014 it was announced that Phan was being sued by Ultra Records over alleged copyright infringement relating to the music used in her YouTube videos. Ultra plans to seek up to $150,000 in damages per infringement, according to the lawsuit, which currently names 45 instances of infringement. Phan is planning to counter-sue Ultra Records. [17][18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 Michelle Phan Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty Nominated
2014 Michelle Phan Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Female Nominated


  • Michelle Phan's Make Up


  1. ^ "Twenty-Five!". FAWN. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Humphrey, Michael (2011-09-21). "Michelle Phan: On Beauty, Bob Ross And Future Success". Forbes. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/michellephan
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05KqZEqQJ40
  5. ^ http://www.ringling.edu/campus-student-life/life-ringling/campus-buzz/internet-phenom-michelle-phan-receives-honorary-doctorate-from-ringling-college/
  6. ^ Wick, Krista (May 26, 2012). "Meet Michelle Phan, The Accidental Millionaire". The Insider. ET Online. Retrieved 24 July 2013. "Phan is the second-most popular female personality on YouTube and has became a spokeswoman for Lancome thanks to the success of her online videos. She also recently partnered with Glamhouse for her Jewelry line Ever Eden." 
  7. ^ Hayes, Stephanie (August 22, 2009). "Michelle Phan, a YouTube sensation for her makeup tutorials, has transformed her life". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "ricebunny.xanga.com". ricebunny.xanga.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  9. ^ Tamar Anitai (2010-01-27). "Makeup Tutorial: Learn How To Get Lady Gaga's Scary 'Bad Romance' Eyes". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  10. ^ Peggy Wang (2010-07-09). "How to Get Lady Gaga Googly Eyes [VIDEO]". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  11. ^ Maria Ricapito (2010-05-28). "Viral Videos: Michelle Phan's Rise to YouTube Stardom". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Beauty Gurus How-To: Becoming a YouTube Star". Yahoo! Shine. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  13. ^ "Lancôme Signs Michelle Phan, YouTube Makeup Star". Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "21 Success Mavericks". Success Magazine. 2013-06-01. 
  15. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/youtubes-beauty-guru-michelle-phan-lands-loreal-makeup-19979777
  16. ^ Chang, Andrea (7 August 2014). "YouTube's biggest stars are cashing in offline". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright". BBC News. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ . Radio.com. July 23, 2014 http://radio.com/2014/07/28/ultra-records-responds-to-michelle-phan-kaskade-copyright-controversy/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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