|Born||Jenna Nicole Mourey|
September 15, 1986
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Education||Suffolk University (BS)|
Boston University (MEd)
|Partner(s)||Julien Solomita (2013–present; engaged)|
|Total views||1.68 billion|
Updated: April 2021
Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986), better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is a former American YouTube personality. Over the span of ten years, her YouTube channel has accumulated approximately 1.6 billion video views and 20.1 million subscribers.
Mourey was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She then moved to Boston, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Suffolk University and Master of Education in sport psychology and counseling at Boston University.
In the summer of 2010, Mourey was sharing a three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She paid $800 rent by working various jobs, including bartending, working at a tanning salon, blogging, and go-go dancing at nightclubs. That year, Mourey started her career with Barstool Sports, where she wrote for their female-oriented site StoolLaLa. She left the publication in 2011.
Among the first of Mourey's videos to gain traction on the platform, "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking," released in 2010, was viewed over 5.3 million times in its first week. Her video "How To Avoid Talking To People You Don't Want To Talk To" was featured in The New York Times and ABC News in August 2011. In the video, she said, "I'm sick and tired of guys thinking that just because I showed up at a club or a dance or a bar, that I want to have their genitalia touching my backside."
Mourey created the pseudonym "Jenna Marbles" due to her mother complaining that "Mourey," their legal surname, pulled up only Jenna's videos on Google. Jenna's mother was unemployed when Jenna's first video went viral and was concerned that the content might put off potential employers. The name "Marbles" stems from her dog's name "Mr. Marbles."
In 2015, Mourey unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds New York. Alongside the creators of the YouTube channel Smosh, Mourey became the first ever YouTube personality to have their own wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds.
On June 25, 2020, Mourey uploaded an apology video after she was accused of blackface. This accusation was related to one of Mourey’s old videos where in Mourey had a dark tan while pretending to be Nicki Minaj. Mourey stated that it was never her intent to hurt or offend anyone and that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from her YouTube channel. On June 26, Mourey's boyfriend Julien Solomita announced on Twitter that the couple's joint podcast and Twitch streams would be put on indefinite hiatus. While Solomita returned to streaming on the joint Twitch channel on July 6, he announced on behalf of them both that the channel would be transitioning to be operated solely under his name, as Mourey still wished to remain out of the spotlight. On August 17, Mourey announced the end of the podcast.
Mourey released a brand of dog toys called Kermie Worm & Mr. Marbles. The toys' appearances are based upon her dogs. She has also created items with some of her most memorable quotes printed on them, including "What are this?" and "Team legs!"
On April 15, 2021, Mourey's longtime partner Julien Solomita announced on a livestream that he had recently proposed to her and the pair are now engaged. The news quickly led to them trending on Twitter as fans expressed good wishes.
Awards and nominations
|2014||Young Hollywood Award||Viral Superstar||Won|||
|2015||Streamy Award||Best Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|2017||Streamy Award||Best First-Person Series||Nominated|||
|Audience Choice Creator of the Year||Nominated|
|Shorty Award||YouTube Ensemble||Won||||With Julien Solomita|
|2018||Shorty Award||Creator of the Decade||Nominated|||
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