Michelle Phan started making YouTube videos back in 2007 – and now 6 years later – she has over 4.5 million subscribers and a makeup line. Michelle sat with Katie to talk about her motivation – and how she gave back to her mother.
“It was my love for beauty. There is something about beauty that draws me,” Michelle says, “to wanting to inspire women to look and feel beautiful.”
So she started making simple beauty tutorials.
“Millions and millions of people have gone to you for advice, is that a shock to you, that it became so popular so quickly?” Katie asked.
“I didn’t think I was doing anything different or special,” Michelle admits.
It turns out that many people related to her – and she decided to dedicate her time and passion to her videos.
She also launched Em Cosmetics.
“Obviously, you’ve made this extraordinary career for yourself,” Katie said, “that’s so impressive.”
What’s more impressive is Michelle’s relationship with her mother. Her mother – a Vietnamese immigrant – came to America in the 1980s with no money – but still inspired her daughter to chase her dreams
“You’re an American now – you do it,” Michelle recalled.
Michelle promised her mother that she would help her retire one day – and she kept that promise.
Now that’s real beauty.