Michelle Phan's New Interview Is A Lesson On Beating The Bullies

7 January 2016, 12:17 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

YouTube's Biggest Beauty Guru Is NYLON's Latest Cover Star

If you have a keen interest in beauty, then you've probably turned to YouTube once or twice in search of some inspiration and the chances you've stumbled across Michelle Phan's tutorials are almost certain. (This is, of course, unless you've been a loyal fan since the dawning of time, in which case... please ignore this sentence.)

Michelle Phan, YouTube's most successful beauty blogger, features as NYLON Magazine's February Cover Star.

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Here's everything we learned from Michelle's honest and sincere interview with NYLON:

1) She actually had a super tough childhood (as seen in her Draw My Life Video...)

She spent most of her childhood moving across the US to various different cities. Her father left when she was young and she had a controlling step-father.

2) She was bullied all the way from First Grade 'til College.

I would walk down the hallway, and they would yell, 'Ching Chong, Ching Chong!' It made me insecure about my nationality and race. It was really hurtful ... I eventually realized that they were just words, and that I could go into my happy place in my head and occupy my thoughts with my passions, like drawing and creating.

Michelle Phan, NYLON

3) She didn't find her true self until she was much older. At school, she used to rely on other people of minority to build and develop her style.

I didn't really have a defined style. I didn't know what my culture or aesthetic was, so I would cosplay to feel part of theirs. I was hiding the true me.

Michelle Phan, NYLON

4) After she published her first make up tutorials, she was taunted by bullies who played them in the background of a party. 

I thought by then I could get away from it, [they] were all laughing at me as I put concealer around my eyes in the video. They kept making references to Silence of the Lambs. I was so hurt I left the party in tears and told myself I would never go back.

Michelle Phan, NYLON

5) She's kinda ~psychic~. 

Everything that has happened to me, I knew was going to happen. It was a big burden to carry, but I always knew I would be OK.

Michelle Phan, NYLON

Maybe the most inspiring thing to take out of the interview was that, despite all this hardship, she never ever gave up. And it paid off. 

She was made a Brand Ambassador by Lancôme in 2009, she founded a subscription service called ipsy and launched a make up collection. She became an author and she also recently set up an online platform dedicated to beauty, lifestyle and entertainment. We wonder if the haters will be signing up to that one?!