Summer In The City has been now running for eight years and one person who has attended every single year is Marina Joyce. The fashion YouTuber turned global sensation has been attending the event since its literal grass roots in a park, either to meet other YouTubers or her own fans.
When we bump into Marina at the event she’s literally chilling by the ice-cream van, chatting with a friend having spent a lot of time during the day taking selfies with fans and talking about her ever-growing channel. “[People] should subscribe to me just for fun times, I’m a really loving YouTuber and I really love my viewers,” says Marina.
“I feel like I’m just an ordinary person, I feel like I’m equal to everyone, I believe that everybody is equal. I literally don’t see myself as a big person on YouTube, I just see myself as an ordinary person. I keep everything private… I think that if I do anything it brings up a lot of drama.” Marina says when talking about the #SaveMarinaJoyce hashtag.
For those that missed it, #SaveMarinaJoyce trended globally after a number of concerned fans reacted to a series of updates on Marina’s channel which led them to believe she wasn’t in the best of health. This later escalated with a police visit to her home at the end of July this year.
When we ask her about how she feels since the #SaveMarinaJoyce hashtag, Marina herself explains that she didn’t orchestrate it but it was done by her fans: “It was a publicity stunt by them, just because they cared so much. But otherwise it wasn’t me, it was all them. I didn’t do anything. I was just watching it all at home with my mum going crazy and wondering what we going on.”
Describing the moment the police knocked at her door, Marina adds: “It was kind of shocking, they knocked on my door in the morning really early but I really didn’t mind it, they were really friendly police. My aim was just to reassure everyone I was OK. I don’t really understand exactly why people are concerned. I’m guessing people are concerned for different reasons but I’m a really happy person.”
In terms of all the attention since the hashtag, Marina believes it’s time for people to take a step back: “I just think that people should calm down a bit and I think it’s just everyone else making up the hype rather than me.”
Although when it comes to the world’s biggest YouTuber, PewDiePie, featuring her on his channel it seems Marina doesn’t mind one bit. For those of you that missed it, Felix changed his YouTube profile picture to that of Marina and later made a video all about her: “I really love PewDiePie. I’m so happy… because he put me as his icon. I’ve been a massive viewer of his for a very long time, so that made me so happy that he cared about me.”
At the time of writing, Marina has amassed more than 2.1 million subscribers and has launched a gaming channel called Marina Joycestick that has around 30,000 subscribers despite not having anything published on it.
When asked about her plans for the future, Marina tells us she “I feel very grateful that my channel has grown. I’ll just continuing [to] upload videos, loving my viewers and just making sure that everyone is happy.”
Sounds like a good plan to us!