Bethany Mota

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Bethany Mota
Bethany Mota by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mota in 2014
Personal information
BornBethany Noel Mota[1]
(1995-11-07) November 7, 1995 (age 24)[2]
  • YouTuber
  • Vlogger
  • Fashion Designer
  • Singer
  • Dancer
YouTube information
Years active2009–present
Subscribers10.4 million
(November 10, 2018)
Total views984.5 million
(January 26, 2018)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2011
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2016
Updated August 10, 2016

Bethany Noel Mota (born November 7, 1995) is an American video blogger. Starting with her YouTube channel, Macbarbie07, created in 2009, she rose to fame for her haul videos, in which she shows her fashion and style purchases via the internet. She uploads videos of outfit ideas, makeup and hair tutorials, recipes, and do it yourself ideas. She has since expanded into her own fashion line at Aéropostale. She has gone on multiple tours, which she calls her "Motavatours" to meet and interact with fans. She also appeared on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life[edit]

Bethany Noel Mota was born on November 7, 1995, to Tammy and Tony Mota in Merced County, California.[2] Mota is of Mexican and Portuguese descent.[3] She grew up in California and has an older sister named Brittany. She was homeschooled through most of her education but attended public school from third to sixth grade.[2] Mota attended dance and acting classes briefly during sixth grade.

YouTube career[edit]

Mota was one of the most popular YouTube celebrities.[4] Mota's first haul video was in June 2009. She began her YouTube channel in order to escape the stress of bullying and rapidly gained followers,[5] which numbered 9.5 million in October 2015.[6] Business Insider described her as "relentlessly upbeat and bouncy" and "a virtuoso of positivity".[5] As hauling became more popular on YouTube, retailers began to use it for marketing, and Mota was offered free cosmetics and gift cards.[7] Mota is ambivalent about promotional videos,[5] but when she does feature free products, she clearly identifies the products that she has not purchased.[7] In January 2014, Business Insider estimated that she made $40,000 a month on her videos.[5] In order to cultivate her fan following, she purchases prizes and awards to give them to fans who promote her videos.[5] Her fans are called "Mota-vators".[8] Besides her fashion-related videos, she also maintains a more personal account, which she uses to discuss whatever interests her.[9] In 2014, she was selected to be among the content creators in YouTube's first advertising campaign.[10] Mota has also appeared on YouTube's web show IMO, an opinion show aimed at teenagers.[11] She also interviewed President Barack Obama on January 22, 2015 as part of a Whitehouse initiative to reach out to a broader audience following his 2015 State of the Union Address.[12]

Fashion career[edit]

She has partnered with J. C. Penney and Forever 21, and, in December 2013, she launched a clothing, perfume, and accessories line at Aéropostale, over which she retains creative control.[5] She maintains a close relationship with her fans and incorporates their ideas into her fashion design. Teen Vogue called her style "laid-back-but-girly".[13] New announcements are made first to her social media accounts, which Aéropostale credits with increasing interest among teenage girls.[14] The Salt Lake Tribune described this relationship as unique, as both Mota and Aéropostale benefit in prestige from the deal, unlike traditional celebrity endorsements.[15] As of June 2014, the retailer has yet to gain traction from these efforts.[16] Forbes reports that the collection has delivered "high average prices and margins" but still underperformed.[17]


On October 13, 2014, she released a single, "Need You Right Now", with producer-vocalist Mike Tompkins.[18] The song debuted in the Danish top 40 record chart Tracklisten at number thirty.[19] On February 10, 2015, the official music video was released on Tompkin's YouTube channel.[20][21] On May 4, 2015, in an interview at YouTube's 10th anniversary's YT Fan Meet Up, Mota confirmed she is working on new music and possibly her debut studio album.[21] In June 2015, a video of Bethany Mota singing "Flashlight" on Kurt Hugo Scheneider's YouTube channel was released, which has since amassed over 24 million views.[22] In August 2015, Mota wrote her own song, "Be Who You Wanna Be", and uploaded it on her YouTube channel.[23]

Other ventures[edit]

In January 2014, she embarked on a tour called the "Motavatour", across the United States.[24] In March 2014, Mota reported on the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for Entertainment Tonight.[25] Mota also served as a guest judge in season 13 of Project Runway.[26] On September 4, 2014, Mota was announced as a competitor on Dancing with the Starsseason 19. She paired with five-time champion Derek Hough.[27] Mota and Hough reached the finals but were eliminated on Night 1, finishing in 4th place.[28] She has also given talks in October 2015 about anti-bullying as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.[29] In 2016, it was announced that Mota would be publishing her first book, a memoir called Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation!.[30] Mota recently joined UNICEF Kid Power as a brand ambassador Kid Power Champion.[31]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week # Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Shake It Off" 8 8 8 8 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "All About That Bass" 8 9 8 8 Safe
3 Jazz / "Singin' in the Rain" 10 101 10 10 Safe
4 Rumba / "Try" 8 92 8 8 Safe
53 Hip-Hop / "She Came to Give It to You" 8 84 8 8 No elimination
6 Tango / "Jealous (I Ain't with It)" 9 95 9 9 Safe
7 Paso doble / "Run Boy Run"
Team Freestyle / "Black Widow"
8 Salsa / "Babalu"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Really Don't Care"
9 Viennese Waltz / "Say You Love Me"
Trio Argentine Tango / "Jungle"
Samba / "I Want You Back"
Contemporary / "I Want You Back" (acoustic version)
Jive / "Shake It Off"
Freestyle / "Revolution (District 78 Remix)"
  • ^Note 1 Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.
  • ^Note 2 The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.
  • ^Note 3 This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Mota performed with Mark Ballas instead of Hough.
  • ^Note 4 Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.
  • ^Note 5 Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.


Her debut single is generally pop and dance music, and has elements of electropop.[21] The follow-up to "I Need You Right Now", is described as an evolution from her first single with a new sound exploring stripped down acoustic music.[21]


Year Single Peak positions Album
2014 "Need You Right Now"
(feat. Mike Tompkins)


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Project Runway Guest judge Season 13, episode 4[32]
Dancing with the Stars Contestant on season 19 Finished in 4th place.
2018 Celebrity Undercover Boss Boss / Expert advisor on Celebrity Undercover Boss

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards[33] Choice Web Star: Female Herself Won
Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty Nominated
2014 Streamy Awards[34][35] Entertainer of the year Herself Nominated
Fashion Program Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards[36] Choice Web Star: Female Herself Won
Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty Nominated
Choice YouTuber Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star Female Herself Nominated
Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty Won

Mota was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine in 2014[37] and 2015.[38]


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  15. ^ Dalrymple, Jim (February 14, 2014). "You've never heard of YouTube star Bethany Mota, but she's going to change the way you shop". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
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  26. ^ Seikaly, Andrea (June 23, 2014). "'Project Runway' Season 13 Premieres Next Month". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  27. ^ Perlman, Jake (September 4, 2014). "'Dancing with the Stars': Meet the season 19 competitors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  28. ^ Clarke, Suzan (November 24, 2014). "'Dancing With the Stars' 2014: Bethany Mota Falls Out of Season 19 Finals". ABC News. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
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  38. ^ "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015". Time. October 27, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.

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