James Charles is an American Internet personality, beauty YouTuber and make-up artist. In 2016, he became the first male ambassador for CoverGirl. A controversial figure on the Internet, he is noted being involved in issues that range from racism to transphobia. As a result of this, he has been the target of cancel culture on several occasions. He also sings for several a cappella groups and often shares such videos on YouTube and Instagram.
James Charles Dickinson
YouTuber, Makeup Artist, Internet Celebrity
Birthday / Date of Birth
James Charles was born on May 23, 1999, in Bethlehem, New York, United States.
He’s currently 20 years old.
Los Angeles, California, United States
James Charles attended and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in June 2017.
- Father – He is a contractor.
- Mother – Unknown
- Siblings – Ian Jeffrey (Younger Brother) (Instagram Star)
Boyfriend / Spouse
James Charles has dated –
- Aaron Fuller (2017) – James went out on a date with fellow social media star, Aaron Fuller in January 2017. Fuller had first got in touch with James via a private message on Instagram. They exchanged a couple of messages before heading out for a date.
- Shawn (2017) – James’s love life was again a part of a social media drama in Sep 2017 after a guy named Shawn took to his Twitter account to reveal that James had matched with him on Tinder. However, James wasn’t impressed as he called Shawn out for using him for Twitter fame.
- In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
- In centimeters – 178 cm
- In meters – 1.65 m
- In Kilograms – 63 kg
- In Pounds – 139 lbs
Dark Brown (Natural)
Being one of the most popular male beauty social media personalities. He has more than 16 million followers on Instagram and more than 16 million subscribers on YouTube.
In November 2016, James made his first TV show appearance as a guest on the popular talk show, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
As a part of his endorsement deal with CoverGirl, he was tasked with headlining a promotional campaign for So Lashy! by BlastPro Mascara.
- In February 2017, Charles was criticized after tweeting a joke considered offensive about Africa and Ebola. He later issued an apology saying: 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.
- In March 2017, YouTube make-up artist Thomas Halbert posted screenshots of previous conversations with Charles where he admitted his story regarding his rise in notability was falsified. Charles originally claimed he had his high school prom photographs retaken with a ring light, however the conversation revealed that he had actually edited the photographs.
- In April 2019, Charles said that he was not fully gay, and a 5.5 on the Kinsey scale, saying that there have been girls in the past who I’ve thought were very, very beautiful. There’s also been trans guys in the past, too, that I was really, really into for a moment in time. These comments created controversy, and some claimed they were transphobic. Charles apologized shortly after, releasing a statement saying that his comments were unintentionally transphobic, though that was not his intent, and that he should have chosen different words to convey what he meant.
- On May 10, 2019, long-time collaborator Tati Westbrook uploaded a 43-minute long video titled BYE SISTER … to her YouTube channel heavily criticizing Charles. In her video, Westbrook accused Charles of manipulating people’s sexuality and using… fame, power and money to play with people’s emotions. After this, Charles set a YouTube record for losing over 1 million subscribers in less than 24 hours. It continued to fall from 16.6 million subscribers around May 6, 2019 to a low point of 13.4 million on May 15, 2019, recovering somewhat in the days that followed. Westbrook’s subscriber count increased by over four million over the same period. Charles later uploaded an 8-minute response video titled tati, addressing the issues raised by Westbrook and apologizing to his fans and both her and her husband. This video received mostly negative feedback, with the video becoming one of the 10 most disliked videos in YouTube history. On May 18, 2019, Charles made a second, 41-minute, video addressing the comments made by Westbrook, entitled No More Lies. It presented evidence appearing to refute many of Westbrook’s accusations and led to renewed support for Charles and criticism towards Westbrook. Soon after its posting, Charles regained a million subscribers and Westbrook lost two hundred thousand. Westbrook later removed the Bye Sister video from her YouTube channel.The saga sparked analysis relating to internet cancel culture, the alleged toxicity of YouTube’s beauty community, stereotypes of gay men being predatory and profits made from online drama.
James Charles Favorites
- Favorite TV Show – Friends (1994-2004)
- Favorite Signature Makeup – Faux-freckles
- Favorite Beauty Influencers – Jaclyn Hill, Nikkie Tutorials
James Charles Net worth
James Charles has a estimated net worth of $12 million dollars as of 2019.
Social Media Profiles
- Facebook – James Charles
- Instagram – jamescharles
- Twitter – James Charles
- YouTube Channel – James Charles
Some Lesser Known Facts About James Charles
- He was discovered by the cosmetics giant, CoverGirl, through his Instagram account. They were impressed by his ability to become a stereotype and transcend gender difference as a makeup icon.
- A huge credit for the success of his YouTube channel lies with his father, who first helped James turn their basement into a studio. He later turned his old office into a filming space for his channel.
- He joined both YouTube and Instagram in 2015 and was quick enough to gain fame on both the platforms, thanks to his artistic make-up videos and pictures.
- In October 11, 2016, at the age of seventeen, Charles became the first male spokesmodel for cosmetics brand CoverGirl, working alongside brand ambassador Katy Perry.
- In 2017, Charles walked the runway for MarcoMarco’s Six 1/2 collection during Los Angeles Fashion Week.
- In 2018, Charles collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics to release an eyeshadow palette.
- In January 2019, he was invited to Birmingham, England to open the company’s second UK store, where over 7,000 fans showed up to see him, causing parts of the city centre to come to a standstill.
- In March 2019, Charles did the makeup for Iggy Azalea’s music video shoot for Sally Walker. He also made a cameo appearance in the video.
- In May 2019, he lost over 1 million subscribers in the wake of the controversy, making him the first-ever YouTuber in history to do so.