Hannah Monds: A YouTuber Who Doesn’t Let Her Flaws Define Her
In a millennial generation dominated by digital communicators, it’s hard to believe you haven’t come across YouTuber Hannah Monds. Her popular videos on hair, makeup, and fashion display a girl who had to overcome much adversity growing up. What most people don’t know is that being in the spotlight didn’t always come easy for her.
Read more below to see how Hannah began her YouTube channel and how she became comfortable with herself and learned to accept her uniqueness.
How was your childhood? What experiences, negative or positive, profoundly impacted who are today?
Now that I am older and more mature, I can look back at my childhood and say it was amazing and went by too fast, if you ask me. I was raised by a single mother, who raised me and my sister Haley. My mom had me at a young age, so my grandparents helped co-parent when it came to me. Our house dynamic was not the norm in the 90’s being that mixed race was still not as accepted as it is now, but it did not affect how I looked at my family because I was raised not to see color. I love my family! I love our diversity! Growing up it was challenging trying to figure out where I fit in, only because I did not identify with one particular race. So, it was hard for me to make friends. As time went on, I learned to accept me for me and stopped trying to be something I was not for the acceptance of others; once I did that, making friends came natural.
I can honestly say it has impacted me today in more ways than one. I'm a stronger person because of the adversity that I faced being mixed growing up. My situation taught me to look at everyone as equal, to not care about the negative things people say and to accept the fact that not everyone in this world is the same. Your differences don't make you abnormal, your differences are what make you unique.
Growing up, did you have any insecurities? If so, how did you overcome them or how are you dealing with them today?
My insecurity did not hit me until I was in middle school. As we all go through puberty, we all experience it differently. Well puberty just so happened to gift me with acne! It was so annoying. I wouldn't say that I had severe acne but I did have enough for it to cause scarring on my face. Makeup and homemade remedies only made it worse so I had to learn to deal with it. I got to the point where I just learned to ignore it. It wouldn't bother me until I took a picture or looked in the mirror. This was the Myspace days, so I would just slap on a terrible filter and call it a day! It sucked because I was always in front of the camera, being that I want to pursue entertainment which requires you to be in front of the camera. Well it affected me through high school and wasn't until college that I got it under control. Now I just live with the scarring it left and a couple bumps here and there. I can still say it is one of my insecurities, especially surrounded by an industry of women with perfect skin. I don't let it bother me though, I've learned to wear my scars as an accessory. I am beautiful because I choose to claim my flaws as beauty.
What inspired you to create a YouTube channel?
Well, I was inspired by my social media following. I am so humbled by the love and support people give me on my social media. I would usually get questions about my hair, makeup, clothing, music, pretty much anything and it would get to the point where I would get tired of answering the same question over and over. Luckily, snapchat came out and I used it as a vlogging outlet, I guess you could say. I would make like 300 second stories either making funny skits, talking to people, singing, fitness questions, beauty and so on. I finally decided to commit to a YouTube channel. I had thought about it before years ago, but at the time I felt I could never be successful on YouTube. Now I don’t even look at it like that, my YouTube is for the people that want to watch. Whether I have 10 viewers or 10 million, connecting with the ones that support me is all that matters.
You also will be graduating from Middle Tennessee State University this year. Congratulations! What will you miss most about your college experience?
Thank you! I wish I could give you a cool answer, but I honestly I won't miss anything! I am grateful for those years of my life, but college was not my favorite. I think what I will miss most is the Starbucks in the library.
As a college graduate, about to entering the world of "adulting," as some of us like to call it, what are you most looking forward to in the next chapter of your life?
I graduated last month and I can't begin to tell you how freaking awesome I feel. I don't regret college at all because it taught me a lot but I will say I feel school has held me back from a lot of things that I want to do. Now that I'm finished, I can focus! I want to take this time in my life right now to really get to know more of me and work on things that I am truly passionate about, one of those things being my music.
Congratulations on graduating Hannah!
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