Who Is Ingrid Nilsen? 7 Things To Know About The YouTube Beauty Star Who Came Out As Gay In Viral Video
ByErika W. Smith
Jun 11, 2015 12:06 PM EDT
There's a new name making headlines at Us Weekly, People and TIME: Ingrid Nilsen. The 26-year-oldYouTube beauty guru -- she has over 3 million subscribers -- is reaching a wider audience thanks to a touching viral video in which she comes out as gay.
"Okay, I'm doing this. I guess I am just going to get right to it: there's something that I want you to know. And that something is I'm gay! It feels so good to say that," Ingrid says in the 19-minute video before tearing up.
"I'm shaking right now because this moment is real and it's here. And I've been waiting for this a long time," she adds.
Want to learn more about Ingrid? Watch her video below and read on to learn 7 things you need to know:
1. She's a YouTube beauty star.
Ingrid's YouTube beauty, hair and styling tutorials -- posted as "Miss Glammorazzi" -- have earned her over 3 million subscribers! Her most popular videos include looks at her bedtime and morning routines, a look at her makeup storage and an apartment tour.
2. She's been making YouTube videos for six years.
Her first video was a tutorial on how to get flawless red lips, posted way back in 2009!
3. You might recognize her from "Project Runway."
Ingrid was a judge on "Project Runway: Threads."
4. ... or CoverGirl.
Ingrid was a CoverGirl Glambassador in 2014.
5. She joined YouTube to help her self-confidence.
In 2013, Ingrid told Teen Vogue, "I first started making videos because I made a goal to do things that I was afraid of in order to get out of my shell because I'd always been a pretty shy person. Making a YouTube video was the perfect idea because I was absolutely terrified of being in front of a camera."
6. She's a social media star.
Ingrid's YouTube popularity has translated to other social media sites: she has 1.2 million followers on Instagram, 811K followers on Twitter and 630K followers on Facebook.
7. Her fans agree -- she's an inspiration.
The comments on Ingrid's coming out video are almost unanimously supportive. "you're one true idol, you bravery and inspiration is so encouraging to me. thank u lots," says the top rated comment.
This article was originally published on Fashion & Style.