posted by Ella Wells

Zoe was in Brighton this weekend but not as you’ve seen her before.

It’s definitely not news that Zoella is now a huge public figure. The girl that began her Internet career by filming in her bedroom is now a best selling author, the proud winner of a Teen Choice Award and the owner of her very own beauty range. You can even find her and her YouTuber boyfriend, Alfie Deyes, immortalised in wax at London’s Madame Tussauds – but this weekend saw Zoella as a muse for something very different.

Brighton hosted it’s annual Children’s Parade on Saturday 7th May, which marked the beginning of their Brighton Fringe Festival. The event that has been running for over 25 years saw around 5,000 children from different schools attending the parade to celebrate their hometown. The theme for this year was Brighton Celebrates with the idea being to honour everything there is to love about Brighton. Whilst some children chose to celebrate Brighton’s oldest raver Disco Pete or the Brighton Wheel, others chose to pay tribute to their favourite Brighton vlogger, Zoe Sugg, in the form of a 10ft parade float.

No, we’re not joking. Whilst Zoella was having the most Pinterest-esque picnic with her pals this weekend, her papier mache doppelgänger was parading the streets of Brighton as a strange helter skelter girl. The float was made by Neil Gauckwin, a semi finalist on BBC2’s Great Interior Design Challenge, and he couldn’t wait for the vlogging star to see what he’d made. Zoe herself had no idea she was being featured in the parade and she even expressed her love for the creation on Twitter.

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It wasn’t just Zoe who was impressed by the homemade model, twice the size of the beauty vlogger herself. Fellow YouTuber, Chai Cameron, who grew up in Brighton with Alfie, took to Twitter to tell Zoe the enormity of this recognition.

We can’t imagine what it must be like to see a 10ft version of yourself – but we’re guessing it must be pretty cool. Let us know in the comments which of your other YouTuber faves you’d love to see in parade float form.