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Neekolul opens up about her struggles with “draining” new Twitch fame

Published: 20/Mar/2020 6:57

by Isaac McIntyre


Neekolul may have accidentally hit the aspiring streamers’ dream after being launched into Twitch stardom with a viral TikTok video, but according to the internet’s new star, her rise to fame hasn’t been all sunshine and roses.

For nearly three years, Nicole logged onto Twitch to play Fortnite and League of Legends, as well as a variety of small-time games. She streamed under the name Neekolul, and just over 100 dedicated fans tuned in irregularly.

On March 3, everything changed. A short TikTok clip of the streamer lip-syncing Senzawa’s “oki doki boomer” while wearing a Bernie 2020 crop top went viral. She soon had thousands tuning in. She hit 272,000 Twitter followers.

Neeko’s new fame “isn’t as nice” as she expected

For Nicole, her Neekolul personality had finally exploded. But now that she’s finally “someone interesting,” the streamer said on the Scuffed Podcast, everything seems to have changed, and not exactly for the better.

Where once she could say whatever she wanted to on-stream, and could go days without a post, now she had “pressure” for her fans. She was judged for every single word and photo. For Neeko, the internet has become “mentally draining.”

Neekolul says she felt
Twitter: Neekolul
Neekolul says she felt “scared” by the original fame explosion caused by her viral TikTok clip.

“You know, I still don’t fully understand it,” she explained. “I wanted attention, but when I got it I don’t think it’s as nice as I thought it was going to be. When I say something or post, people try to twist it, or oversexualize me.”

There have been upsides, of course, Neeko added. She’s finally found “a huge audience” for her regular streams. People “actually care.” The new Twitch star has even had brand offers. But the negative reaction has been “insane.”

“It’s ironic cause the Tiktok is like “okay boomer” but it triggered people, and it made them extremely angry at me, toxic comments on my tweet. It was weird, and I was a little scared and annoyed at the same time,” she said.

“I didn’t get the scope of the attention that I got. I’m a nobody. I would still consider myself something of a f**king nobody, so the fact anyone cared about stuff like that I had a boyfriend, made no sense to me.”

Could Neeko leave Twitch for another platform?

Neeko’s explosion on Twitch, and everything that’s come with it, is ironic because she never really wanted to make it big on the Amazon-owned website. She’s always been drawn to the YouTube-style content creation instead, she revealed.

“My original goal was actually to be a YouTuber, but I was studying to be a doctor ⁠— doing biology, stem major ⁠— and it’s material-heavy stuff so I didn’t have time to edit videos, upload. It was just easier to stream,” she revealed.

“I got stuck with streaming. Twitch is good for interaction, but YouTube is where I want to go [in the future], 100 percent. I like being social and being outside. It’s not really my cup of tea. I can show more of what I can do on YouTube.”

Neeko isn’t the only rising content creator to have struggled with online problems in recent times either ⁠— TikTok queen Charli D’Amelio fell foul of the cosplay community earlier this week after doing an anime dance.

The 15-year-old was forced to apologize after the outcry reached fever pitch. D’Amelio said she was “not trying to bring down anyone.” She also added she was sorry the dance video had been “taken completely the wrong way.”


Charli D’Amelio reveals her weirdest makeup faux pas with Maddie Ziegler

Published: 27/Oct/2020 18:37

by Virginia Glaze


Charli D’Amelio is more than TikTok’s queen bee; she’s also a competitive dancer, Dunkin’ Donuts connoisseur, and a full-blown makeup mogul, although she hasn’t always been the expert beauty guru she is today.

Charli revealed her collaboration with makeup giant Morphe in late July alongside older sister Dixie, bringing forth a slew of new products for fans to use and express their inner creativity.

That’s not all; Dixie has also had her face beat by none other than James Charles, who gave the TikToker a glamorous makeover that has scored well over 34 million views at the time of writing.

Considering her love for all things beauty and makeup, it comes as little surprise that Charli has a solid handle on new trends and products — but this wasn’t always the case, as she revealed during an October 27 video with fellow TikToker Maddie Ziegler.

During the video, in which the two gals gave fans a tutorial of their everyday makeup routine, Charli revealed that she often asks other names in the beauty space for help — most notably, James Charles.

In fact, Charli revealed that it was James who taught her that you have to dampen your beauty blender before applying any product to the face, a fact that appeared to catch Ziegler completely off-guard.

James Charles poses with Charli D'Amelio.
James Charles, YouTube
YouTuber James Charles collaborated with D’Amelio for a colorful makeup look, where the TikTok star opened up about the more difficult parts of being internet famous.

“I’ve been able to definitely ask a lot of questions from a lot of makeup artists that I’ve worked with,” she began. “It’s been everything. Like, I didn’t even know that I was supposed to wet my beauty blender until like, a few months ago.”

“James was like, ‘You know you’re supposed to wet that, right?’” she continued, drawing a shocked, “Really?” from Ziegler. “And I was like, ‘Ohhh.’ I call James all the time, and I’m like, ‘Hey, I don’t know how to do this. Can you help me?’”

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Luckily for Charli, she’s surrounded by many kind and helpful creators who are available to help coach her through the ins and outs of makeup artistry — something that she claims she still “needs a little bit more help with.”

Both TikTokers were quick to note that everyone is on a different stage in their makeup journey, and no matter what part you’re at, it’s always a fun time experimenting with new looks and products.