Rachel Hollis

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Rachel Hollis
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 39)
Weedpatch, California, U.S.
Notable worksGirl, Wash Your Face
Girl, Stop Apologizing
SpouseDave Hollis (separated 2020)

Rachel Hollis (/ˈhɒlɪs/; born January 9, 1983) is an American author, motivational speaker, and blogger. She is the author of three self-help books, including Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing.[2] She faced backlash in 2021 after posting a controversial TikTok video; The New York Times subsequently ran a story about her entitled "Girl, Wash Your Timeline."[3]

Early life and education[edit]

After graduating high school, Hollis moved to Los Angeles, California, and got a job at Miramax. While working there, she met her future husband and founded an event-planning company called Chic Events.[2]


Her breakthrough moment on social media came in March 2015, when an Instagram photo of her celebrating her stretch marks went viral.[4] "I wear a bikini because I'm proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could," she wrote in the post. It garnered more than ten million views.[5]

Hollis' book Girl, Wash Your Face was described by The Washington Post as mixing "memoir, motivational tips, Bible quotations and common-sense girl talk."[4] The prevailing message of Girl, Wash Your Face is one largely of female self-reliance, summed up by Hollis as "You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for how happy you are."[4]

Since the success of her book, Hollis and her family have moved outside of Austin, Texas.[1] She frequently posts YouTube videos with motivational messages, and has garnered over 163,000 subscribers.[2]

In 2019, Hollis released a follow-up book, Girl, Stop Apologizing.[6]

In 2019, Hollis founded the podcast syndicated network "Three Percent Chance."  The network serves as the home for Straight Up with Trent Shelton, The Rachel Hollis Podcast, Start Today Morning Show, Rise Together Podcast, Talking Body with Amy Porterfield, and The New EDU podcast with Hope King and Wade King of Get Your Teach On.[7] Rachel and Dave Hollis co-hosted a podcast titled RISE.[8]

On July 27, 2020, HarperCollins announced their intention to release a new book by Hollis on September 29, 2020. The book, entitled Didn't See That Coming, was about navigating through crisis, loss, and grief.[9]


On January 31, 2019, BuzzFeed News published an article by reporter Stephanie McNeal detailing multiple instances of Hollis plagiarizing quotes from other authors on her Instagram and explicitly attributing the quotes to herself, including quotes from RuPaul, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tim Hiller, Debra Condren, and Terry Cole-Whittaker.[10] The article additionally pointed out that the title of Hollis's 2019 book, Girl, Stop Apologizing bore strong resemblance to Canadian professor and author Maja Jovanovic's 2016 book, Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing.

In April 2020, the quote "Still I rise," plagiarized from Maya Angelou, was posted without attribution to Hollis's Instagram page. Hollis blamed the incident on her team following widespread public outrage and issued an apology.[11]

TikTok controversy[edit]

In March 2021, a commenter called Hollis "unrelatable" for speaking about having a twice-weekly housekeeper who "cleans the toilets."[12] In response, Hollis released a TikTok video in which she said, "What is it about me that made you think I want to be relatable? No, sis. Literally everything I do in my life is to live a life that most people can't relate to."[12] The video's caption read "Harriet Tubman, RBG, Marie Curie, Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Wu Zetian … all Unrelatable AF. Happy Women's History Month."[13] Vox wrote that "the post appeared clumsy at best and racist at worst. Was Hollis really saying that her struggles to build a brand as a lifestyle guru — a brand built on the sense she has created that she is just like her fans — was the same as Harriet Tubman escaping slavery and then going back to help other enslaved people escape? And was she really trying to tell her followers that she never wanted to be relatable after selling thousands of books telling them all the ways in which she was the same kind of person they were?"[12] On April 4, Hollis released an initial apology for the video, in which she blamed her team for mishandling the situation. Eventually, Hollis deleted the original video and the initial apology and issued a new apology stating "I am so deeply sorry for the things I said in my recent posts and the hurt I have caused in the past few days. By talking about my own success, I diminished the struggles and hard work of many people who work tirelessly every day."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rachel and Dave Hollis have four children together.[14] They announced their separation in 2020.[15]


  1. ^ a b Italie, Leanne (2018-09-14). "'Girl, Wash Your Face' writer Rachel Hollis ready for more". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. ^ a b c Turner, Laura (2018-11-09). ""Girl, Wash Your Face" Is A Massive Best-Seller With A Dark Message". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. ^ Rosman, Katherine (29 April 2021). "Girl, Wash Your Timeline". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Krug, Nora (2018-11-11). "Rachel Hollis has wooed millions of women with her book. What's her message?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. ^ "Mom flaunts flab and stretch marks in viral bikini photo". TODAY.com. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. ^ Jones, Allie (12 March 2019). "The No-Nonsense Gospel of Rachel Hollis". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Percent Chance - All Podcasts". chartable.com. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  8. ^ Friedman, Zack (June 25, 2019). "Here Are 10 Podcasts To Change Your Life". Forbes. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  9. ^ "HarperCollins Canada on Instagram: "*BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT & COVER REVEAL!* Rachel Hollis, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, returns with Didn't…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  10. ^ "Influencer Rachel Hollis Is Facing Accusations She Is Plagiarizing On Her Instagram". BuzzFeed News.
  11. ^ "Rachel Hollis Has Apologized After Posting A Maya Angelou Quote Without Attribution". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d Grady, Constance (9 April 2021). "Why the author of Girl, Stop Apologizing had to apologize twice in a week". Vox. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  13. ^ Arnold, Amanda (7 April 2021). "Oh No, a White Self-Help Guru Has Some Thoughts on Privilege". The Cut. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  14. ^ "BEING MAMA: RACHEL HOLLIS". The Tot. September 24, 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  15. ^ Lowe, Lindsay (June 9, 2020). "Author Rachel Hollis announces she and her husband are ending their marriage". Today. Retrieved 9 June 2020.

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