It’s a huge time of celebration for beauty vlogger Jackie Aina as she recently just broke 1 million subscribers on YouTube. The YouTuber who has over 65 million views on her channel and signed up for the platform back in 2006 has been one of the pioneering forces when it comes to changing global perceptions of beauty. Indeed, Jackie’s ‘about’ section on YouTube claims she’s “changing the standard of beauty, one video at a time” and we couldn’t agree more.
Jackie’s videos focus on makeup tutorials and looks for women of colour and Jackie is known for being vocal about issues around race- and rightly so. She’s one of the strongest, most inspiring people on YouTube. So when she got a comment on a recent video asking her to stop talking about race so much, she hit back in the sassiest way we’ve ever seen.
A YouTube user commented: “Jackie, I love you. But you need to stop talking about race, skin colour and WOC issues on your channel so much. You can talk about it one [sic] in a while, but not all the time like you do. Or else it will alienate and annoy white girl viewers. Nobody wants to hear about that on YouTube… we already see too much race crap on TV and news… But YouTube is a chance to escape all that. And you need to reach the white girl audience if you want to go mainstream on YouTube. I can totally see you being the ‘black Jaclyn Hill’, but you just need to make some improvements. No more race talk, please“.
Whilst we could write an entire essay on what’s wrong with that comment, Jackie owned the user with one single word:
Brands and fans have rushed to congratulate Jackie not only on her amazing way of shooting the guy down but on achieving such an amazing subscriber milestone.
We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings for Jackie.