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Olivia Jade
Born
Olivia Jade Giannulli

(1999-09-28) September 28, 1999 (age 19)[1][2]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSocial media influencer
Years active2014–present
Known for2019 college admissions bribery scandal, social media
Home townLos Angeles, California
Parents
YouTube information
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017[3]
Websiteyoutube.com/user/oliviajadebeauty

Olivia Jade Giannulli (born (1999-09-28)September 28, 1999), also known as Olivia Jade, is an American social media celebrity and spokesperson for Amazon. In 2019, United States government prosecutors alleged she gained admission to the University of Southern California through bribes paid by her parents.

Early life and career

Giannulli was born to actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli.[4] While in high school she started a lifestyle YouTube channel.[4] She later started an Instagram account.[5] Both accounts have over a million subscribers/followers and were monetized through commercial endorsements and advertisements for Amazon, Sephora, and other companies.[6][4][5]

In 2017, Giannulli crashed her car while singing along to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" as she filmed herself with her mobile phone, prompting expressions of concern about her driving habits among her social media followers.[7][8]

Tap that Awesome App allegations

Giannulli appeared in a 2016 episode of the game show Tap that Awesome App.[9] As reported by Yahoo!, BET, InStyle, and others, Giannulli lost the show in the initial take, but it was then refilmed to create the appearance that she had won the $5,000 prize for charity.[10][9][11][12]

2019 college admissions bribery scandal

Olivia Jade was mentioned as "younger daughter" in the federal criminal complaint against her parents (pictured).

In 2018, according to an indictment by the United States Government, Giannulli posed for a photo on an ergometer rowing machine which was subsequently submitted as part of her application to the University of Southern California (USC) with the implication she was a competitive rower, though she was not and had no interest in becoming one.[6] At the same time, it is alleged, her parents paid $500,000 in bribes to a coach at the university to designate both her and her older sister Isabella as athletic prospects for the team, purportedly enabling them to gain admission to the school with the implication they could not have been accepted on the basis of their academic merit or intellect.[13][14][6][15] According to the federal criminal complaint against her father, Olivia Jade was confused about how to complete the USC application and an employee of the alleged conspiracy's ringleader ultimately had to fill it out on her behalf.[16] Teen Vogue has reported that "it is undetermined if Olivia Jade knew about the alleged scheme".[17]

Prior to starting classes at USC, Giannulli prompted criticism after she posted a statement to her YouTube channel in which she said, referring to her upcoming attendance at USC, "... I do want the experience of like game days, partying ... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."[18] According to Newsweek, Giannulli had been actively giving advice on applying to university to her social media followers days before federal agents arrested her parents on fraud charges for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy.[19] On March 13, 2019, media sources reported that, when news of the scandal broke, Giannulli was in the Bahamas on Rick Caruso's $100 million yacht.[20] Giannulli is friends with Caruso's daughter, Gianna,[21][22][23][24] and Caruso is the chairman of the USC Board of Trustees.[25][26]

Repercussions

On March 14, 2019, two days after the scandal broke, Sephora distanced itself from Giannulli, announcing that the company would be ending its makeup partnership with her.[27] TRESemmé also dropped her as a sales partner.[28] Some media outlets had reported that Giannulli dropped out of USC due to fears of being "viciously bullied"; however, a university spokesperson later confirmed that Giannulli remained enrolled at the school.[29][30]

Giannulli was also subjected to public shaming and generalized ridicule through social and traditional media after allegations of the scandal surfaced.[31][32] Giannulli's social media platforms were inundated with critical comments and she ultimately disabled the comment features on her Instagram account.[32] Selma Blair, meanwhile, mockingly tweeted a doctored image of her seven year-old son sitting in front of an adult rowing team with the message "stoked to have just finished Arthur’s college #admissions papers".[33] Slate writer Heather Schwedel said that Giannulli checked "all the right boxes for ridicule",[34] while comedian John Oliver, speaking on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, opined that "death threats" were inappropriate but a limited period of joke-making at Giannulli's expense would be socially acceptable.[35]

References

  1. ^ Garrity, Amanda (March 12, 2019). "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Italiano, Eric (December 19, 2018). "The Daughter Of Rebecca From 'Full House' Is Lookin' A Lot Like Mom These Days". COED. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Beauty Influencer Olivia Jade Says Mom Lori Loughlin Keeps Telling Her 'Less Is More'". PEOPLE.com.
  4. ^ a b c Lou, Shane (February 17, 2018). "Lori Loughlin's daughter shares the downside of growing up with 2 famous parents". Today. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Eckardt, Stephanie (January 11, 2018). "Lori Loughlin's Teen Daughters Have Nearly a Million Instagram Followers". W Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Alexander, Bryan (March 14, 2019). "What we know about Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin's daughter caught up in admissions scandal". USA Today. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Lori Loughlin's YouTube star daughter sparks major controversy for car crash video". AOL. AOL. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Greenfield, Beth (February 9, 2018). "The alarming trend of taking videos while driving: 'Everybody does it'". Yahoo! News. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Luu, Christopher (March 16, 2019). "On Top of Everything, Olivia Jade Was Allegedly Part of a Rigged Game Show, Too". InStyle. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Bonner, Mehera (March 16, 2019). "Wait, Olivia Jade Was Apparently Involved in ANOTHER Completely Bizarre Cheating Scandal". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Report: Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Involved In Second Cheating Scandal". Black Entertainment Television. March 16, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Previously Won A Rigged Game Show". WMOV-FM. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Kesslen, Ben (March 12, 2019). "Lori Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, comes under fire online over college-cheating scandal". NBC News. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Rao, Sonia; Yahr, Emily (March 12, 2019). "Before Lori Loughlin's alleged cheating scandal, daughter Olivia Jade made her life at USC a YouTube brand". Washington Post. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Stone, Natalie (March 14, 2019). "Lori Loughlin's Daughters 'Embarrassed' and 'Terrified' Amid College Admissions Scandal: Source". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "United States of America v. Michael Center - Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaint". justice.gov. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  17. ^ Bergado, Gabe (March 12, 2019). "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Is Being Harassed on Instagram Following Alleged Cheating Scandal". Teen Vogue. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Justich, Kerry (August 17, 2018). "Celebrity kid called 'spoiled' and 'privileged brat' after saying she's going to college for 'game days' and 'partying'". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Monteros, Maria (March 16, 2019). "Lori Loughlin's Daugter Was Giving College Tips Days Before College Bribery Scandal". Newsweek. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Invictus at Super Yacht Fan.com
  21. ^ Schmidt, Ingrid (March 13, 2019). "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Vacationed on Billionaire USC Official's Yacht". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2019. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's 19-year-old daughter was on the yacht of billionaire Rick Caruso, the chairman of USC's Board of Trustees, during Tuesday's indictment that charged the couple in a nationwide college cheating scandal.
  22. ^ "Lori Loughlin Daughter Olivia Leaves Yacht Owned By Top USC Official". TMZ. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019. As Lori Loughlin traveled from Vancouver to L.A. Tuesday night to surrender to federal authorities in the college bribery scandal -- which got her daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC -- Olivia spent the night on the yacht of the Chairman of USC's Board of Trustees
  23. ^ Blum, Steven (March 13, 2019). "Olivia Jade Found Out Her Mom Had Schemed Her Into USC While On Rick Caruso's Yacht". Los Angeles. Retrieved March 14, 2019. Olivia Jade, social media influencer and daughter of actress Lori Loughlin, was apparently spending her spring break on a yacht owned by USC board of trustees member Rick Caruso when the news broke that her mother was part of an epic college bribery case.
  24. ^ Ross, Martha (March 13, 2019). "Will Lori Loughlin's Instagram-famous daughters get kicked out of USC, face other fallout because of parents?". The Mercury News. Retrieved March 14, 2019. TMZ reported late Wednesday afternoon that Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli had been traveling in the Bahamas on a yacht owned by Rick Caruso, the chairman of the USC Board of Trustees
  25. ^ "Board of Trustees | USC". University of Southern California.
  26. ^ Moore, Annette (February 9, 2011). "Rick J. Caruso Elected to USC Board". University of Southern California. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  27. ^ "Brands distance themselves from Lori Loughlin and daughter Olivia Jade". CNN. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  28. ^ Hearon, Sarah. What the Flicka! Felicity Huffman appears to take down parenting website, AOL, March 15, 2019.
  29. ^ Mangan, Dan (March 15, 2019). "'Full House' actress Lori Loughlin's kids remain enrolled in USC amid college bribe scandal; Phil Mickelson, Joe Montana say they did nothing wrong". CNBC. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  30. ^ Lieber, Chavie (March 15, 2019). "Olivia Jade, the influencer at the center of the college admissions scandal, explained". Vox. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  31. ^ Lawler, Opheli (March 14, 2019). "Olivia Jade's Comment Section Is a Hellscape". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  32. ^ a b Stormis, Helen (March 17, 2019). "Olivia Jade Just Can't Escape The Online Hate". Inquisitr. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  33. ^ Earl, Jennifer (March 18, 2019). "Selma Blair slams Lori Loughlin's alleged college admissions scam with Photoshopped image of her son". FOX News. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  34. ^ Schwedel, Heather (12 March 2019). "Lori Loughlin's Instagram-Influencer Daughters Are the Best Bit Players in the College Admissions Scandal". Slate Magazine.
  35. ^ Reed, Ryan (March 18, 2019). "John Oliver: Olivia Jade Jokes Are Fair Game After 'Weird' College Admissions Scandal". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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