How iJustine hopes to inspire an online generation
What do you think of when you get the smiling poop emoji texted to you? Or what does the peach emoji stand for to you? PEOPLE found out what the biggest YouTube stars thought about these and several other emojis in a game of emoji association at Stream Con.
YouTube stars Joey Graceffa, iJustine, and GloZell took to the stage on Saturday afternoon at Stream Con to talk about what makes YouTube special, their inspirations, and upcoming projects. Here are the highlights from the panel.
As a teenager, Lizzie Velasquez stumbled upon a YouTube video that labeled her the “World’s Ugliest Woman.” Instead of turning away from the Internet afterward, she decided to create her own channel and to show the world her true self.
YouTube celebrity Justine Ezarik, more commonly known as iJustine, stopped by the People and Entertainment Weekly stage at VidCon Thursday morning and chatted with Shira Lazar about the merits of Facebook stalking oneself, planned collaborations with fellow YouTubers, and how she deals with haters.
iJustine (or “Justine Ezarik” for those who don’t live on the Internet) celebrated her time at VidCon by — how else? — vlogging. In a video posted Friday, she took fans through her panels, bumped into other YouTube stars, and… drew on people’s faces?
When an eager fan asked the vlogger and comedian for a signature, she turned her camera on him and, lacking paper, signed his face with what might be a permanent marker. Not that he minded. “If it’s a scar, I’m blessed,” he tells her.
Justine Ezarik, or as fans of her YouTube channel will know her, iJustine, has had a busy year. In addition to her multiple YouTube channels, she published her first book, I, Justine: An Analog Memoir, a memoir about what it’s like to share so much of yourself online.