This Is Why We’re Wishing Ingrid Nilsen The Best Birthday Ever
The YouTube star is 27 TODAY
YouTuber, make-up artist and general babe Ingrid Nilsen turns 27 today and we might actually be more excited for her than for our own birthdays. But since there’s no one single reason why Ingrid deserves the best birthday of all time we thought we’d run through all our favourite things about her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INGRID.
Her Origin Story Is Amazing
Ingrid didn’t start her YouTube channel to become famous. In fact, when she started out, YouTube stars weren’t really even a thing yet. She started making videos simply because she was feeling good and wanted to share that with the world.
At the time Ingrid had just discovered a new passion; makeup. This had made her feel confident, something she had struggled with in the past, so she set up a YouTube channel at three in the morning and the rest is history…
She’s Gone On To Interview The Actual President
Since that first fateful video about how best to apply red lipstick, Ingrid has gone on to be so popular and influential that she landed an audience with Barack Obama himself. Most people would be intimated by this but not Ingrid. Holding no punches, Ingrid put Obama on the spot about everything from the tampon tax (yep she actually asked the pres about tampons) to LGBT discrimination.
Her Coming Out Video Had Us In Tears
“I am doing this. I guess I am just going to get right to it. There is something that I want you to know - and that something is I'm gay,” Ingrid announced on her channel last summer. Breaking down in happy-tears (along with everybody watching) Ingrid went on to say, “It feels so good to say that. It feels so good”, before admitting that she’s been “waiting for this for a long time”. It was totally inspiring and now has 13 million views, as well as countless comments from fans congratulating and thanking Ingrid for speaking so openly to so many people.
She’s Now A Part Of Our Favourite YouTube Power Couple
Following her announcement, rumours began floating around the internet surrounding Ingrid and fellow YouTube sensation Hannah Hart, making us ship harder than we’d ever shipped before. After months of speculation Hannah revealed in her cover issue of DIVA that yes, our wildest dreams had come true and #Hangrid were officially dating. “She's also just one of the most brilliant, soulful people I've ever met. It's so good,” she said. SO CUTE.
She’ll Talk About ANYTHING
While her main channel is mostly reserved for (amazing) hair and beauty tips, her other channel TheGridMonster (which only has a modest 900,000 subscribers) tackles everything from sex education and periods to super-empowering videos on self-belief and confidence. She really has got you covered in all walks of life.
She Knows There’s More To Beauty Than Appearance
Way back in 2010, Ingrid shared this brill Valentine’s vid where she encouraged people to support Love146, a charity which sends Valentine’s to children who have escaped the sex slave industry. She’s always said that doing good things and being yourself are the most beautiful things a person can do.
To put in in her words, “Real beauty doesn’t come from the amount of makeup you put on your face, it’s about who you are on the inside”. PREACH.
So yeah, these and so many other reasons are why we want to wish Ingrid a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.