“#hellomynameis Maddi Bragg (@maddibragg). I’m 17, and I’m from Orange County, California. I started sharing my life on the internet when I was 12. At first, I was just making beauty videos for fun. Now, almost five years later, I’ve met all of my friends on the internet and have basically turned it into a career. I love that I’ll be able to look back when I’m 25 and see what I was doing when I was 14.
When I first started making videos, I was super shy and reserved. I felt like there was something in between me and the camera. Now, I almost feel like I’m yelling when I film because I’m so excited and comfortable. I used to get so nervous to talk in front of my class and now I’m speaking on panels. But I’ve never put on an act for the camera. I tell my fans to be themselves, because no one wants to see a copy of someone else.
I’m no different than any other 17-year-old out there. I do school, I go shopping, I hang out with my boyfriend. The only thing that’s different about me is that I post about it on the internet. I’ve gotten all these amazing opportunities — and I’m only 17, so who knows what’s in store for the future?”