Last Updated on January 20, 2022
Who Is James Charles?
James Charles Dickenson, popularly known as James Charles, is an American YouTuber, internet personality, and makeup artist. James rose to prominence in 2016 and his popularity quickly skyrocketed, thanks to his YouTube channel that focuses primarily on makeup beauty.
But while he is mostly famous as a YouTuber, James Charles has also made a career on other popular social media platforms. His Instagram and TikTok accounts have been instrumental in shaping his career. James will also go on record as the first ever male ambassador for CoverGirl.
|Full Name:||James Charles Dickinson|
|Popular Name:||James Charles|
|Birth Date:||May 23, 1999|
|Parents:||Christie Dickinson, father unknown|
|Birth Place:||Albany County, New York, United States|
|Education:||Bethlehem Central High School|
|Net Worth:||USD 22 million (as of August 1st, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||YouTube, Internet, Modeling, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 10″ (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||68 kg; In pounds: 150 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
James Charles was born on May 23, 1999, in Albany County, New York, to Christie Dickinson. Charles kicked off his professional career as an internet personality by launching his YouTube channel on December 1, 2015. After graduating from Bethlehem Central High School in June 2017, he decided to throw his full weight behind his career in YouTubing.
As of the time of writing (August 4, 2020), James Charles’ YouTube channel had garnered over 20.3 million subscribers and amassed more than 2.3 billion views. The channel is currently the most subscribed-to YouTube channel focusing on beauty and makeup.
Charles’ other social media accounts have performed remarkably well too. As of January 2020, his Instagram account had more than 16.3 million followers.
On October 11, 2016, Charles became the first male ambassador for the cosmetics giant, CoverGirl, in a position that saw him working alongside Katy Perry. That’s no mean achievement, especially considering that he was only seventeen years then. In addition to his partnership with CoverGirl, Charles has also enjoyed a successful working relationship as the brand ambassador for So Lashy! by BlastPro Mascara.
Charles’ impressive makeup skills haven’t just secured him lucrative deals with big cosmetics products. He has also been on the radar of notable musicians. In March 2019, he did the makeup for the music video of the song Sally Walker by rapper Iggy Azalea.
But James Charles’ rise to the top as a YouTuber wasn’t always rosy. Thanks to his penchant for controversy, the celebrated YouTuber also holds the record for the first YouTube personality to lose more than 1 million subscribers in 24 hours.
It’s also worth pointing out that James Charles is openly gay. That might be the reason he famously refers to his online fans as ‘sisters.’ His sexual orientation has earned him fans and critics in equal measure.
James Charles’ Net Worth
As of August 1st, 2021, James Charles had a net worth of $22 million. He has earned much of his wealth from his YouTube channel, which focuses on makeup and beauty. According to estimates, James can make as much as $5 million annually from views on his YouTube channel alone.
In addition to YouTube, James Charles also makes some money from monetized ads and merchandise sales on his other social media accounts, such as Instagram and TikTok. Some of the reputable brands that he has partnered with on his Instagram account include Covergirl and Morphe Cosmetics.
Besides earnings from his social media accounts, James Charles has also undertaken various investments in retail and real estate. He founded a clothing like known as Sisters Apparel, in partnership with Jeffree Star. A feud between the duo dealt some blow to Sisters Apparel and in May 2019, the clothing line was taken offline momentarily. However, Charles immediately partnered with a new distributor and a month later, Sisters Apparel was relaunched in earnest.
In terms of real estate, James Charles is associated with a home in Encino, California, which he acquired in February 2020 at a cost of $7 million.
Life Lessons from James Charles
1. Be proud of your identity
As we’ve already indicated, James Charles is gay and proud of it. He is proof that success is not tied to sexual orientation. All that you require to succeed is strong willpower and passion for what you do.
2. Every publicity is good publicity
James Charles has an insatiable appetite for controversy. His incredible ability to court scandals has played a significant role in raising his popularity.
3. Apologize for your mistakes
All celebrities make mistakes, not as many apologize, and only a handful prefers to issue public apologies. In 2017, James Charles openly apologized for making an offensive joke on Africa and Ebola, and the apology was heartfelt. In his own words, he said, “I am extremely sorry for what I said. There are no excuses. No one owes me forgiveness, but I’ve learned a lot from the experience. I hope that the people who might look up to me will be able to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.”
Quotes by James Charles
“A great designer does not seek acceptance. Forget all you know & learn something every day. All creative work begins by doing something with the hands.”
“I fell into makeup by accident, but I found my love for it, and once I realized that I could actually turn it into a huge business, that’s when I started taking it a little bit more seriously, but it’s always something that I knew could be something.”
“Mascara can definitely be one of the hardest parts of the beauty routine.”
“My followers are some of the most loyal people out there. They know everything about me and my life. They know all my drama with guys that I have crushes on, all that stupid stuff that doesn’t really matter. But all that stuff allows me to build a close relationship with them.”
“When I started wearing makeup, my parents….. were like, ‘You’re absolutely not wearing it out of the house.’ At first, I thought they were not happy with me wearing it, but later on, I realized it was out of fear of me getting bullied and ridiculed in school.”
James Charles may not feature among the top ten highest-earning YouTubers yet. But at 21 and considering his unique YouTube genre, it’s safe to assume that Charles has a brighter future ahead of him.