Emma Chamberlain

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Emma Frances Chamberlain was born May 22, 2001 and is an American internet personality, specifically on YouTube.

Chamberlain was born in San Bruno, California, to Michael John Chamberlain and Sophia Pinetree Chamberlain. She is the only child of her parents, who divorced when she was five years old.

She attended Central Middle School in San Carlos, California, and Notre Dame High School, Belmont, an all-girl Catholic preparatory school where she was on the cheerleading and track teams. She performed competitive cheer for five years and was a member of the California All Stars Pink cheer team. She left high school during the first semester of her junior year and graduated after passing the California High School Exit Exam.

Chamberlain became dissatisfied with high school during the end of her sophomore year. After speaking to her father, who encouraged her to find a passion outside of school, she decided to start a YouTube channel. In June 2018, Chamberlain moved alone from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. There, she formed the Sister Squad with fellow teen YouTubers James Charles and comedy duo The Dolan Twins.

In addition to the collaboration videos with the members of the Sister Squad, throughout 2018 Chamberlain and fellow Dote-associated female YouTubers Ellie Thumann and Hannah Meloche posted videos featuring each other on their respective channels, calling their group of three “The Girdies”.

In June 2018, Tana Mongeau invited Chamberlain to be a Featured Creator at Tanacon in Anaheim, Mongeau’s alternative to VidCon that took place at the same time at a nearby convention center. Chamberlain’s one-on-one onstage interview with Mongeau was the last event before the convention was canceled due to overcrowding and security concerns. In July, Chamberlain was signed by United Talent Agency.

At Vidcon 2019, Snapchat announced that Chamberlain would be one of several celebrities from various entertainment platforms to premiere a Creator Show later in the year. During the September New York Fashion Week, Chamberlain hosted the Teen Vogue event Generation Next attended by Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour. She collaborated with eyewear company Crap Eyewear for a line of sunglasses she helped design. In late September 2019, she appeared alongside other young social media celebrities in the first episode of the MTV and Snapchat collaboration Teen Code.

She attended her second Louis Vuitton-sponsored Paris Fashion Week, collaborating with Vogue for a preparation video about the process. She collaborated with Calvin Klein for a series of videos and photo shoots. She appeared in a series of videos on the Target YouTube channel, being paired with The Office star Angela Kinsey and Fashion Police host Brad Goreski. Her Snapchat Creator Show, Adulting With Emma Chamberlain, premiered on November 4. On November 13, Time magazine included her on its Time 100 Next list, and its list of the 25 most influential people on the internet. In December 2019, she was featured in a segment broadcast on ABC News Nightline, being interviewed about her career by Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. Emma now owns her own coffee company and also has a podcast, Anything Goes with Ramble Podcasts.

In March 2018, Chamberlain became associated with the shopping app Dote. In May, 2018 Dote sent her to Austin, Texas, to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and to Fiji with numerous other female YouTubers. In July 2018, Dote released a clothing line designed by Chamberlain, Low Key / High Key by Emma. Because of controversies related to Dote, Chamberlain cut ties with them in early 2019.

Chamberlain attended Paris Fashion Week in March 2019 in a co-sponsorship between YouTube and Louis Vuitton, which was brokered by Derek Blasberg, the head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube. She was paired with model / YouTuber Karlie Kloss at the event. On June 4, 2019, Chamberlain and The Dolan Twins uploaded videos featuring each other on their respective channels. This was their first video collaboration since the last Sister Squad videos posted in December. The absence of James Charles contributed to the belief that the Sister Squad had broken up.

In December 2019, she launched her own online mail order coffee company, Chamberlain Coffee.

Cosmopolitan featured Chamberlain on the cover of its February 2020 issue and in the related interview she revealed details of dealing with body dysmorphia and struggling with eating disorders, and she posted a video about the photo shoot to her YouTube channel, My First American Magazine Cover. A few months later, she appeared on the cover of the Italian edition of Cosmopolitan, and the Dutch version, Cosmo Girl. In February 2020, Chamberlain premiered her newly formatted and named podcast, Anything Goes.

Allure featured Chamberlain on the cover of its June/July 2020 issue. During the summer of 2020, Vogue Australia and Nylon published feature articles about her. Variety included her in its 2020 “Power of Young Hollywood” list. In August of the same year, she published The Ideal Planner, a daily planner, via the Gallery Books division of Simon & Schuster. On August 26, her IGTV series Styled By Emma premiered on Instagram. In September 2021, Chamberlain attended the 2021 Met Gala. She also hosted celebrity interviews for the fashion magazine Vogue, which were subsequently posted to Vogue‘s YouTube channel. Harper’s Bazaar featured Emma Chamberlain as their March 2022 Cover Girl. She was photographed in Louis Vuitton and revealed her thoughts on self-expression in an all-inclusive interview.