James Charles Dickinson (born May 23, 1999) is a makeup artist and YouTuber from the United States. Charles started a YouTube account while working as a local makeup artist in Bethlehem, New York. After a tweet featuring his makeup went viral, he became CoverGirl’s first male brand ambassador in 2016.
In 2020, Charles was the host, director, and co-producer of the YouTube Originals reality show Instant Influencer. He has released an eyeshadow palette and a makeup line with Morphe Cosmetics, and he has won a lot of awards for his work on social media. These include two People’s Choice Awards, three Streamy Awards, one Shorty Award, and one Teen Choice Award.
His career has been full of online drama, including a public feud with another beauty YouTuber, Tati Westbrook, in 2019. After being accused by several underage boys of grooming them online, Charles confessed to having sex with two underage boys.
James Charles Early life
James Charles Dickinson was born on May 23, 1999, in Bethlehem, New York, to Skip and Christine Dickinson, both contractors. Ian Jeffrey, his younger brother, works as a model. He attended and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 2017. “I got bullied a lot in high school,” he recalled, “and I simply ignored it.” Charles began his career as an amateur hairstylist and expanded into cosmetics when a friend requested him to do her makeup for a school dance. After training himself on how to apply makeup, he soon began doing the service professionally for local girls.
James Charles Personal life And Gender
At 12, Charles came out to his parents as gay. In response to concerns regarding his gender identification, he stated, “I am comfortable with myself and my gender identity; I enjoy being a male. But I also enjoy wearing makeup. I always have a complete set of nails on.”
James Charles Career
In December 2015, Charles began posting cosmetics tips on his YouTube channel.
In September 2016, a tweet showed him retaking his senior portrait with a ring light and cosmetics went viral. In October 2016, at the age of 17, he became the first male brand ambassador for the CoverGirl cosmetics brand. Social media users responded positively to the decision. His debut appearance was in CoverGirl’s So Lashy mascara advertisements.
In November 2018, he launched a clothing line, Sisters Apparel, and a makeup collection, the Sister Collection, collaborating with cosmetics firm Morphe Cosmetics.
By early 2019, he had 10 million YouTube subscribers. His January 2019 visit to Birmingham to open Morphe Cosmetics’ second store in the United Kingdom created gridlock in the city centre.
In March of 2019, Charles did Iggy Azalea’s makeup for promotional graphics for her single “Sally Walker” and appeared in the music video for the song. He stated that he would go on the Sisters Tour across the United States in April 2019. Following a highly publicised conflict with American social media celebrity Tati Westbrook, the tour was cancelled the following month.
Charles presented the debut season of the YouTube Originals reality competition series Instant Influencer, which launched in April 2020 on his YouTube channel. He earned the 10th Annual Streamy Award for Show of the Year for his efforts on the show. YouTube announced in March 2021 that he would not host the second season of the show.
In October 2020, Charles had a cameo appearance in the music video for the tune “Canceled” by American social media sensation Larry.
Charles has collaborated on many videos since launching his channel, performing makeup on and with a variety of public figures, including Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Lil Nas X, Kesha, Madison Beer, Doja Cat, JoJo Siwa, Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Trixie Mattel, Avani Gregg, Bretman Rock, and Plastique Tiara.
In January 2021, Charles performed a cover of “Driver’s License.”
Charles gained attention early in his career as a young male makeup artist. Variety’s Todd Spangler called him “YouTube’s most famous beauty vlogger.” Caitlin McBride of the Irish Independent stated that he “spearheaded a men’s makeup revolution,” while Amelia Tait of The Guardian described his internet platform as “arguably revolutionary.” Teen Vogue told him as “one of the most famous YouTube makeup artists and beauty influencers around” in 2019, while Vogue Australia’s Noelle Faulkner described him as having “one of the most engaged followings on YouTube” in 2018.
Charles affectionately refers to his fans as “sisters.” Jaclyn Hill and Nikkie de Jager have been his most prominent influencers. He has stated that makeup is a “creative outlet and an art form” for him. In May 2021, he was sued for wrongful termination by a former employee.
Charles Controversy Tati Westbrook Feud
Tati Westbrook, a fellow makeup artist and longtime collaborator with Charles, accused him of treason and seeking to seduce a heterosexual guy in a 43-minute film titled Bye Sister in 2019.
YouTuber Jeffree Star and singer Zara Larsson confirmed Westbrook’s allegations, and Charles became the first YouTuber to lose a million subscribers in twenty-four hours. He sent an eight-minute apology video to Westbrook, which quickly became one of the most disliked films on YouTube before being removed. He uploaded a second 41-minute video titled No More Lies, in which he addressed and refuted Westbrook’s comments, resulting in renewed internet support for Charles and criticism of Westbrook.
Westbrook then withdrew the original video and, in 2020, posted a follow-up video in which she claimed that Star and Shane Dawson forced her into creating the original video. This chain of incidents prompted media study of cancel culture, the supposed toxicity of YouTube’s beauty community, predatory gay stereotypes, and the revenues generated by online feuds.
In February 2021, a sixteen-year-old boy named Isaiyah uploaded a video to TikTok alleging that Charles groomed him by sending him naked photos and pressuring him into sexting with him despite his age. Charles responded to the video with a tweet in which he denied the grooming allegations and stated that the boy initially claimed to be 18 years old.
In March 2021, Charles was accused by other minor boys of sending them unrequested nude photos and pressuring them to engage in sexting with him.
Charles uploaded a 14-minute video titled Holding Myself Accountable in April 2021. He admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to “two different people, both under the age of 18,” despite denying he was aware of their age.
Charles referred to his past conduct. “I’m sorry to the guys involved in the situation,” he stated. I apologize for flirting with you and if I ever made you feel uncomfortable. This is unacceptable “‘.
Later in the month, Morphe issued a statement announcing that they were severing ties with Charles, and YouTube temporarily demonetized his channel. In July 2021, he returned to YouTube with a video titled An Open Conversation.
James Charles Net-Worth
His net worth was estimated to be US$12 million as of 2019. He acquired a US$7 million mansion in Los Angeles in 2020.
|2018||Alone Together||Jasper||Episode: “Pop-Up”|
|2018||The Secret World of Jeffree Star||Himself||Episode: “Becoming Jeffree Star for a Day”|
|2020||Nikita Unfiltered||Himself||Episode: “James Charles Confronts Nikita”|
|2020||Instant Influencer||Judge||Presenter and Judge; Season 1|
Awards and Nominations
|Kids’ Choice Awards||2021||Favorite Male Social Star||Himself||Won|
|People’s Choice Awards||2018||Beauty Influencer||Won|
|Shorty Awards||2017||Breakout YouTuber||Won|
|2019||YouTuber of the Year||Nominated|
|Creator of the Year||Nominated|
|Show of the Year||Instant Influencer||Won|
|Branded Content: Video||“James Charles Spills the Tea on His Glow”||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||2018||Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star||Himself||Won|
table source: wikipedia