This is Allie Young: Artsy, YouTuber, and Mental Health Advocate
I discovered Allie Young from her YouTube channel. Her camera skills, creativity, and joyful smile are what first drew me in. Then as I fell down a YouTube hole binging her videos, I realized what an amazingly inspiring woman she is. Not only does she advocate for mental health awareness and share her unwavering confidence with the world, but she brings all of that fabulousness into the healthcare field to help people on an even greater level.
Yes, Allie is a YouTuber and influencer, and her focus is not purely makeup and beauty. While she finds the art of makeup to be expressive and enjoyable, she also shares her goals and her accomplishments with her refreshingly honest personality. Her distinct approach to beauty and confidence is something we can all aspire and relate to.
As a recent graduate myself, not only do I congratulate Allie on her triumphant success, but hope you will join me in learning more about her life and how she became the woman she is today.
OPENLETR: Please give us an introduction of how you got to where you are today with YouTube, your career, and anything else you’d like to share.
Allie: My name is Allie, I am a 23 year-old college student, and I’ve also been a YouTuber for the past 5 and a half years! I started my channel back in 2013 when I was a senior in high school to better show my friends and family how I made certain pieces of art rather than explaining to them how I did it. I never intended for my channel to go anywhere, and never thought it would become something I would loved so much. As of May 20th, 2018, I earned a degree in health science, which will allow me to go into the pharmacology field, and as of May 19th, 2019, I will earn a degree in medical assisting, which will allow me to go into the general healthcare field. I am the oldest of three, I love spending time outside, and I live on the coast of Maine!
OPENLETR: When did you begin your relationship with makeup/beauty and why?
Allie: The first time I can remember using makeup was back in middle school around 6th or 7th grade when my mom gave me my first clear mascara and opaque pink lip gloss. Once I got into high school, I was given free range to do what I wanted in terms of makeup, but that usually consisted of concealer, mascara, and a cool toned lip color. On my first day of college, I went all out and did a full face of makeup, and that is when I feel I really started to get into makeup consistently.
OPENLETR: What is your goal when you upload a video onto YouTube? Personal enjoyment and accomplishment? Helping others?
Allie: When I upload a video, I want others to relate to it, and know that no matter what they are going through they are never alone. YouTube is something I enjoy doing and love the experience I have been given with being able to interact with my audience! I do not consider YouTube a job, but rather a hobby!
OPENLETR: Putting yourself online so publicly takes a lot of confidence from simply uploading to facing negative comments. How have you become so comfortable doing so?
Allie: Growing up I was very introverted and shy, but YouTube helped me to come out of my shell. The only time I have ever filmed is when I am alone unless I am doing a collaboration, so it ends up being just me and the camera. I learned quickly to get over the hate and not let it bother me. I realized that all I had to do was to be comfortable with who I am and be myself!
OPENLETR: I know you have been vocal in advocating for mental health awareness. I myself struggle with intense anxiety, so I can really relate and appreciate that. How do you think beauty and society influence one’s mental health?
Allie: Mental health awareness is something I am passionate about and is something I think people need to talk more about. Thinking back to when I was in middle school and high school, I can’t think of a single time when mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, or suicide, were ever mentioned. I believe we live in a society where we are told to not talk about mental health problems and to act as if they do not exist. Maybe if we talked about it more, then there wouldn’t be such a negative stigma about it. In terms of the influence beauty has on one’s mental health, I am stuck in the middle in terms of my opinion. On one hand, I believe some use makeup to hide who they are, but on the other hand I also believe some use makeup to reveal who they really are.
OPENLETR: As a young woman entering the medical field do you feel your gender and/or appearance has affected your success? If so how? And how do you deal with that?
Allie: The medical assisting program I am in is made up entirely of girls for my particular graduating class, so I do not feel my gender has or will have any effect on my success. I am very lucky and grateful, because all the girls I work with are accepting of one another no matter how you act or what you look like. Our professors and preceptors have encouraged to care less about appearance and more about impacting the lives of others with the knowledge we have learned.
OPENLETR: How has your relationship with beauty and makeup changed over the years?
Allie: Over the years, the amount of makeup I wear on a daily basis has decreased dramatically. A few things that have contributed to this are I am a full-time college student who savors the every extra minute of sleep I can get, I am a student in the healthcare field where we have been taught to keep our makeup to a minimum, and simply because makeup prices have increased more and more.
OPENLETR: Do you have a specific history or story about beauty to share? An anecdote, embarrassing moment, inspiring moment, etc.
Allie: When I first started to use eyeshadow, I always wore crazy bright colors like pinks, blues, greens, and yellows. When I look back at pictures I shake my head and ask myself what I was thinking.
OPENLETR: What do you love about beauty? And is there anything about beauty that you don’t like so much?
Allie: For me, makeup is another form of art I could use to express myself that doesn’t have to just be put on paper like most of my other artwork.
OPENLETR: Have you struggled with self-image issues? If so, how do you handle that and what advice would you give someone with similar struggles?
Allie: I get comments frequently from people telling me to wear makeup and cover up my acne, but I have and never will listen to them. Acne isn’t something anyone should be ashamed of and no one should be made to feel they need to hide it because others have told them to.
OPENLETR: What do you think makes beauty such a huge part of women’s lives around the world?
Allie: It is a way for us to express our own individuality and express who we are. There is no one person who does their makeup the same as another, which is what makes us all unique! It is also a way for us to connect with one another and a great conversation starter! You can go up to someone random in passing and be like, “hey I really like your mascara, what do you use?” From there, you can go into a whole conversation about makeup and transition to learning more about who that person is!
Allie Young is more than a YouTuber, a student, a role model, or an artist, she is an inspiration, an advocate, and an empowered woman. She loves makeup and beauty, and uses it on her own terms. She doesn’t let society or negativity invade her positive outlook.
Her passion for helping others is not only motivational, but an illustration of the type of person she is and who she will further become. Be sure to follow Allie’s journey on YouTube, so we can all join in supporting her no matter where life takes her, and she takes herself.
Allie Young, Maine, USA