On this date a year ago, Zoe Sugg released her debut book Girl Online. In the past 12 months, we’ve seen the YouTube star face a series of professional struggles including a ghostwriting scandal around her novels and a “witch hunt” from fellow bloggers who claimed she didn’t write her own content on her website.
Despite the adversity Zoe has faced, she’s achieved an incredible amount in the past year and still remains the Queen of YouTube (sorry, Tyler Oakley)
Here’s a round-up of the incredible achievements Zoe has amassed since Girl Online was released.
Two best-selling books
Girl Online quickly went to number one in the book charts and press inches regarding her ghostwriting scandal most likely boosted sales even further. With the success of the first novel, Zoe went on to release the follow up book in the form of Girl Online On Tour which also charted at number one.
Additions to Zoella Beauty
Exactly a month before Girl Online was released, the first lot of Zoella Beauty products hit the shelves and became sell out products for high street store Superdrug. In the summer of 2015, the Tutti Fruity collection was added and broke sales records as fans snapped up new additions in the form of Kissy Missy lip balm and Foam Sweet Foam shower gel. The festive season has sparked another round of products with Christmas exclusives like Bombini scented bath bombs and brand new cosmetics cases.
Sitting side-by-side with the likes of The Queen, David Beckham and Lady Gaga, Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes are the latest stars to be turned into waxworks. Sat in a reincarnation of their bedroom, the pair were the first online stars in the UK to have the honour and fans flocked to have a selfie with their faves.
Made up with Gabby
Gabriella Lindley’s “Honesty” video was one of this year’s most shocking and gripping YouTube videos. After fans accused Gabby of “using” Zoe to gain views, Gabby became a target for online bullies who instantly drove them apart. Tired of constantly batting away tweets and video comments about their relationship, Gabs spoke out in an emotional video where she admits the mean comments made her distance herself from Zoe and they were no longer especially close. Zoe remained quite quiet when the video was released with press and fans waiting with bated breath for some sort of response. And what a response it was- Gabby and Zoe have since gone on to rekindle their friendship and prove that not every YouTuber collab you see is for the moolah/views.
Forgive us if we’re being pretty dramatic here but it’s been over 18 months since Zoe started speaking out about anxiety and her legacy is still going strong. Having been made an ambassador for charity MIND in October 2014, the past twelve months have seen fans constantly engage with Zoe on social media to tell her how they helped them in times of need.
— Lexi Gibbs (@LeDGibbs33) March 15, 2015
Zoella has make very helpful videos. One of those being about anxiety that helped me a lot and helped me explain it better to my boyfriend.
— Spooky Ash (@fluffyVW) October 23, 2014
@PointlessBlog I love you and zoella you have both helped me lots with my anxiety/panic attacks just like to say a massive thank you
— kimberley marina gra (@GraKimberley) September 6, 2015
So here’s to Girl Online and a rather brilliant year for Zoe Sugg!