|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2014)|
Michelle Phan in 2014.
April 11, 1987 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, video make-up artist|
|Known for||YouTube celebrity|
|Partner(s)||Dominique Capraro (2010–present)|
Michelle Phan (born April 11, 1987) is an American make-up demonstrator and entrepreneur who became notable as a YouTube celebrity. Phan's YouTube channel has over 6 million subscribers and she has uploaded over 300 videos.
Michelle Phan (Vietnamese name, Tuyết Băng, meaning "avalanche")  was born in Boston, Massachusetts. A few years after birth, her family moved to the San Francisco, California area. Eventually, Michelle and her family moved to Tampa, Florida where she attended Tampa Bay Technical High School.
As a teenager, Michelle had a growing interest in makeup, but to her dismay, her mother would not allow her to wear makeup. In senior year of high school, Michelle's mother relented and allowed her to use makeup. Michelle attended Ringling School of Art and Design. It was in college that Michelle received her first laptop, which she used to upload her very first makeup tutorial on YouTube.
In 2005, Phan had a personal blog in which she discussed different makeup tutorials and received requests for further instruction. She began posting tutorial vlogs on Xanga under the username Ricebunny and then began publishing on YouTube in May, 2007. 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." 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. Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN, a YouTube MCN (multi-channel network) in 2012.
In 2010, Lancôme made Phan their official video make-up artist after she featured some of their products in her videos. In 2011, Phan co-founded 'MyGlam', a monthly beauty products subscription service, which has since been renamed "ipsy".
Copyright infringement lawsuit
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