Cassandra Bankson

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Cassandra Bankson
Cassandra Bankson, US model (cropped).jpg
Born (1992-11-11) November 11, 1992 (age 26)
OccupationModel, online personality
Modeling information
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Hair colorLight brown
Eye colorGreen

Cassandra Bankson (born November 11, 1992)[1] is an American model and online personality from San Francisco, California.[2] She has been featured on Good Morning America,[3] The Today Show,[4] and The Anderson Cooper Show,[5] among other international[6] television shows. She has been featured in magazines[2][7] including Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour, Forbes, In Touch Weekly, Us Weekly, and the cover of Reveal Magazine[8][9] and newspapers The New York Post, The Sun, and Pleasanton Weekly.[10][11]

Early life[edit]

Bankson was born to Jennifer and Richard Bankson in San Francisco, California. She grew up in the affluent suburbs of the San Francisco bay area and was raised in a predominantly Christian household. At age eight, Bankson developed a rather innocuous strain of Acne vulgaris, which later transformed into an aggressive strain of acne conglobata by the time she was fourteen. Eventually her severe skin condition had progressed to the extent that it engulfed her entire face and most of her body. Bankson's parents tried tirelessly to treat their daughter's acne by taking her to 16 different specialists across the United States and western Europe, which proved unsuccessful. Bankson was bullied relentlessly for her severe acne and eventually pulled out of school as a result. She later studied with a private tutor to complete her education. Along with her skin condition, she also has uterus didelphys, a condition wherein she possesses two vaginas, two wombs, and two cervixes.[12][13]



Bankson had been working with local professional photographers and model coach Charleston Pierce[14] when she decided to submit professional shots to modeling agencies in San Francisco.[citation needed]

Bankson attended auditions for America's Next Top Model in Blackhawk and Los Angeles, but did not make it to the televised stages. Bankson has modeled for companies including Citizens of Humanity,[15] HP, Davidson and Licht, Farouk Hair Systems, "Guess By Marciano" CHI (with Miss America Contestants and Abel Salazar), Biosilk, Prada, Bebe,[16] along with appearing in other catalogs, magazines, local TV programmes, and runway shows. In April and May 2012, Bankson took part in appearances throughout Sephora stores in partnership with Hourglass Cosmetics.[17][18][19]

On September 13, 2012, Bankson walked at the Boy Meets Girl runway show at New York Fashion Week.[20]


In 2010, Bankson began making videos on the YouTube channel "Diamondsandheels14" on topics such as makeup, fashion, and lifestyle.[citation needed]

The channel's most popular video, titled "Foundation Routine For Flawless Skin Acne Coverage", showing Bankson's bare skin and her secrets to cover her severe acne, gained international attention including that of Right This Minute, Good Morning America, "Anderson", The Today Show, The Insider, MSN, Fox News, and the front page of AOL, Yahoo, and MSN. After posting the video, she didn't look at the comments for four months,[21] afraid of being bullied online.[21][22] She posted the video hoping it would help "just one person".[3][23][24] The video has since gained well over 21 million views.[25] Bankson "made it her mission" to help others with makeup, confidence, acne, and skin conditions online.[24][24][26] Her daily videos have also received international press and media attention[6][27][28][29] She is a 'vlogger',[30][31] and has also posted videos for men who suffer with acne.[32] As of 22 May 2015, her YouTube channel has over 787,000 subscribers and 110 million video views.[33] Along with YouTube, Bankson has a large following on other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter,[34] and Pinterest.[citation needed]

Bankson's story and her popular YouTube video were featured in an episode of Investigation Discovery's Karma's A B*tch.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bankson is a vegan.[35] On April 30, 2018, she came out as a lesbian on her YouTube channel.[36]


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  2. ^ a b "Inspiring Confidence - Inspirational Stories About Mothers and Daughters". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. ^ a b "Cassandra Bankson's Makeup Tips: Tricks to Cover Up Severe Acne Go Viral | Video - ABC News". 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2015-01-27.
  4. ^ "YouTube makeup guru talks beauty and confidence - Video on". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  6. ^ a b "Teenage role model". 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  7. ^ "Good Housekeeping". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  8. ^ "REVEAL Magazine & Summer Evenings OOTD :) (Pre- Recorded Video)". YouTube. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  9. ^ "REVEAL Magazine & OOTD :) (Pre- Recorded Video)". 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  10. ^ "DiamondsAndHeels14 SUBSCRIBE if you like being HAPPY!!!!!". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  11. ^ "DiamondsAndHeels14 SUBSCRIBE if you like being HAPPY!!!!!". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  12. ^ "YouTube Star Cassandra Bankson Reveals She Has Two Vaginas :".
  13. ^ "Cassandra Bankson back pain reveals she has TWO vaginas, TWO wombs and TWO cervixes - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.
  14. ^ "Fashion Show Producer, Model Coach, Actor, Event Host in San Francisco & Beyond". Charleston Pierce. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  17. ^ Beth Hamilton says:. "San Francisco Beauty Events: Hourglass Cosmetics at Sephora Powell Street May 19th 2012". Beauty Junkie in SF. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  18. ^ "YouTube Makeup Guru Cassandra Bankson Partners With Hourglass Cosmetics, Sephora To Talk Acne - International Business Times". 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  19. ^ Rubin, Julia (2012-04-16). "Cassandra Bankson Interview". Styleite. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  20. ^ Misener, Jessica (2012-09-13). "PHOTO: Acne-Plagued YouTube Star Walks The Catwalk". Huffington Post.
  21. ^ a b Battle, Bella (2012-05-29). "Spot the difference | The Sun |Features". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  22. ^ "YouTube makeup guru talks beauty and confidence - Video on". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  23. ^ "Teen's Anti- Acne Makeup Routine Goes Viral | Video - ABC News". 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  24. ^ a b c "Flawless Foundation Routine". 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  25. ^ "Acne Foundation Routine! Pimples, Scars, Cystic Acne, Blackheads & Oil! | Cassandra Bankson". YouTube. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  26. ^ Style It Social. "Cassandra Bankson". Style It Social. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  27. ^ "Une Youtubeuse beauté passe sur m6 ! - DiamondsAndHeels14". YouTube. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  28. ^ "Secret Diet Busters! Foods That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Diamondsandheels14 Cassandra Bankson". YouTube. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  29. ^ "SALE HAUL!!! Express Summer Fashion Haul!!! Shop On A Budget & Save!". YouTube. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  30. ^ "Summer Clothing Haul!! Forever 21, Bebe, Nordstrom & More! Cassandra Bankson Diamondsandheels14". YouTube. 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  31. ^ "Beauty On A Budget! 7 Drugstore Makeup Products To Love! Diamondsandheels14". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  32. ^ "Shaving Over Acne WIthout Making It Worse! Does Shaving Cause Acne? Cassandra Bankson". YouTube. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  33. ^ Bankson, Cassandra. "Cassandra Bankson". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  34. ^ "Cassandra Bankson (@SincerelyCass11) op Twitter". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  35. ^ Shammas, John. "YouTube star Cassandra Bankson reveals she has TWO vaginas but insists: 'I don't let it bother me'". Mirror. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  36. ^ "SURPRISE!! I'm GAY! (Coming Out)". Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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