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She Came, She Saw, She Contoured

She Came, She Saw, She Contoured

Sarah Duvivier
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
YouTube Channel: Rarediamondzz

What drove you to start a YouTube channel?
I went to a public high school in New Jersey, and it’s required for our graduation for all the seniors to present a 15-17 minute-long oral presentation at the end of the year. It was such a big and important task that our English teachers made us start researching about our topics the first week of school! I had no idea what I wanted to my presentation on. My teacher made us start with picking very broad topics that interested us that we wanted to learn more about and as the weeks went on, we would narrow our topics and eventually come us with a thesis. Media was a big part of my life at the time so I thought, “Why not make that my topic?”

I started by researching the statistics about how many people are on social media and the age group that is most predominantly online for the longest amount of time. By mid-senior year, people—including me—started to worry about prom; everyone was trying to figure out what dress to wear and how to do their makeup. Ultimately, I overheard a group of girls talking about how they had to lose weight to look good in their prom dresses and one girl said, “I have to look like this girl,” and she was pointing to a super skinny bikini model on Instagram. Suddenly, I had my thesis: “Media negatively affects the self esteem of teens, mostly girls.” Social networks and publications sometimes portray certain body types and images to be more beautiful and people are pressure to fit into a certain mold and that is unattainable for most.

After spending a whole school year doing research on how people are affected so negatively and realizing that I was as well, my eyes opened and I basically made a promise to myself not get jealous about what other people look like and not to compare myself to others because God made all of us in His image and He does not make mistakes. I learned to accept myself and the way I look. I started not depending on makeup or hide behind it. If you see me on campus you can see me walking around with no makeup. In highschool that was hard for me to do, but now I am comfortable with myself and I am confident in my imperfections.

 

Many girls do makeup to feel pretty, but in one of your videos you said you do it because it's fun and you are comfortable in your own skin. What would you say to young girls who are still finding love for themselves?
I don’t make videos to make myself feel better and boost my confidence; I make videos for people's entertainment and because it's fun of course! To younger girls I'd say that what you see in the magazines and television is not realistic. A lot of the images have been altered by Photoshop or even the models have had plastic surgery, so do not think that you should strive to be that. Just “BeYou”tiful—because you all are.

For me, makeup is just a fun pastime. I love art, experimenting with new things and new colorsthat is why I love doing makeup. My first YouTube video was an eyebrow tutorial. Many people always asked me, “Sarah, how do you do your eyebrows?” Random people would stop me even in stores and ask me, so instead of listing the products and explaining I decided it would be simpler to just send them the link. I didn’t start my YouTube channel expecting to get as many subscribers as I have. Since that video, people encouraged me to make more because they said that one was not only informative but they said it was funny as well. So I have continued to make YouTube videos ever since.

 

Since we’re on the topic, what are some are your favorite cosmetics brands and products?
My favorite brands are ColourPop and Anastasia Beverly Hills (their brow products are my favorite; I use them the most. For anyone wondering, I use the DIPBROW pomade in chocolate to fill in my brows.) I love MAC, Urban Decay, and the best and cheapest of all is L.A. Girl; they have the best concealer. I also got into CoverGirl products as well, which aren’t too too expensive. They sent me a bunch of products to review on my channel so that was pretty cool. Some of the products I reviewed weren’t even in stores yetthat was pretty awesome.

In addition to being able to inspire others, have there been any other benefits to having a YouTube channel?
The funny thing is that YouTube taught me how to do makeup. And from that I started to branch off and find the brands that work for me and the colors and techniques that I like. Also, a lot of people ask me if I get paid to do YouTube videos. I do get paid for my videos through the monetization of the videos with advertisements, and YouTube does pay me well. It is not a substantial amount but an extra small income is always great! I make videos for fun, not to gain compliments and glory. I love making videos and if I had more time I would post more often. I feel like YouTube shows my true personality—the goofy, weird side of myself. I no longer need to search for acceptance because I know that God loves me and will always love me for who I am.

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