Rachel Hollis

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Rachel Hollis
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 36)
Weedpatch, California
Notable worksGirl, Wash Your Face
SpouseDave Hollis
ChildrenJackson, Sawyer, Ford, and Noah

Rachel Hollis is an American author, motivational speaker and blogger. Her self-help book Girl, Wash Your Face—since its release in February 2018—has maintained a spot in the top 10 best-selling books in the country for seven months, held the top spot for 12 of those weeks and has sold more than 880,000 total copies in the United States. It was the second-most popular book of 2018 on Amazon.com.[1]

Hollis's grandparents were Okies who picked cotton to support their six children.[2]

After graduating high school, Hollis moved to Los Angeles. Once there, she got a job at Miramax. While working there, she met her husband and founded a successful event-planning company called Chic Events. [1]

Her breakthrough moment on social media came in March 2015, when an Instagram photo of her celebrating her stretch marks went viral.[3] "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 10 million views.[4]

Girl, Wash Your Face[edit]

Hollis' book Girl, Wash Your Face is described by The Washington Post as mixing "memoir, motivational tips, Bible quotations and common-sense girl talk."[3] 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."[3]

Since the success of her book, Hollis and her family have moved outside of Austin, Texas. [5] She frequently posts YouTube videos with motivational messages, and has garnered over 71,000 subscribers.[1]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Damian, Kelly (2018-11-09). "Finding Fame: Event planner Rachel Hollis". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Mom flaunts flab and stretch marks in viral bikini photo". TODAY.com. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. ^ Italie, Leanne (2018-09-14). "'Girl, Wash Your Face' writer Rachel Hollis ready for more". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2018-11-09.