The most popular YouTube stars make videos for thousands (and sometimes millions) of subscribers. Now, some of them are speaking to a different kind of audience: a younger version of themselves.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, YouTube has kicked off its #DearMe campaign to encourage women to upload video letters to their younger selves. The platform compiled responses from YouTube stars like Hannah Hart and Michelle Phan in a video where they share stories of growing up and give advice to help empower teen girls.
“Don’t be afraid of being afraid,” Grace Helbig said in the video.
“All those amazing different qualities you have, no one else has,” said Lilly Singh, known as IISuperwomanII on YouTube.
Whether they discuss friendship and bullies or race and confidence, all of the women want their younger selves to know they are special. According to Bunny Meyer, who is also known as grav3yardgirl online, they are irreplaceable.
“There is not one person on the face of the planet who can replace you.”