BROOKLYN & BAILEY Q&A: “BEING ON YOUTUBE CAN BE A BIT LONELY”

With 5.6M followers on YouTube, twin sisters Brooklyn and Bailey are not your typical, regular college students. Monday through Friday, they sit in their Intro to Entrepreneurship course like everyone else. But over the weekends, they escape the campus with scripts and cameras in their hand to shoot videos for their widely-popular channel.

In VINAZINE’s exclusive interview with the twins, we covered it all—friendship lessons learned the hard way, making friends in the public eye, and the struggles of balancing school and work. Check it out:

VINA: Thank you for talking to VINAZINE! So what’s it like to do a YouTube channel together, be twin sisters and go to college together? How has your friendship changed over the years?
Bailey: I’ll definitely say our relationship and our friendship have changed a lot in the past few years. Especially because our channel’s grown into more of a business. And so we definitely have not only learned how to run a business together, but also keep the friendship aspect of it, of course. I’d say it actually got a lot stronger, because we’ve been able to work through those things in every situation, right? We have to trust each other, and consider each other’s opinion and all of those aspects of a friendship. So I feel like it got a lot stronger.
Brooklyn: And now we live together in college and we’re kind of on our own. The only person in our family that we have with us is each other, so it made us a lot closer in that aspect as well!

VINA: What do you think was one of the friendship lessons that you had to learn the hard way?
Brooklyn: Woo… I guess it would be the fact that not everyone is going to be exactly like you. I grew up always having one significant best friend. But the older I got, the more I realized, it’s better to have multiple friends around you. You get to experience different things. I guess it’s just that some friendships grow and change, and as it changes, you drift apart. And some friendships grow and change and you get closer. I guess the hardest lesson I learned was just to be OK with the things that happen.

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VINA: Is it difficult to meet new friends, being in the public eye? Do you have to be careful that they’re not using you for your fame or just to be on your YouTube channel?
Brooklyn: I will say it’s difficult in a sense that there will always be people who are gonna be in it for the wrong reasons. But that’s why it’s also important that you have a really strong group of friends that surround you and who are super close to you. Because usually what happens is if you can’t nip off the people that are in it for the wrong reason, usually your friends and family can. And so, being able to define that close-knit group, that’s what supports you the most.
Bailey: To be honest, yes. But only recently. That definitely brought some struggles. Because in high school, we grew up with our people. So, friends from high school were genuine from the start. But because we’ve been trying to make new friends in college, I ran into a few problems when Brooklyn and I saw people like that, and we were not able to detect it. And some of our other friends who knew us beforehand or who were really close to us, were like, ‘I heard them say this and this.’ and they’re definitely not wanting to be friends for the right reasons. And we had to reevaluate that relationship. So there’s been a couple of those. Surprisingly, most of them have been guys. Mostly with Brooklyn. That’s been interesting. That’s something that has come up, just a little bit.

VINA: Would you say that it is lonely being a YouTube star or an influencer? For those reasons?
Bailey: Brooklyn and I feel like there’s kind of a hole in the market for YouTubers our age. Like there aren’t very many YouTubers who are going to a full-time college and doing YouTube at the same time. I’m not aware of anyone else doing this. And so I would say that in that aspect, I feel a little bit lonely. We would go to VidCon or BeautyCon and not very many people would be able to relate with the aspect of going to a full-time college and doing YouTube at the same time. And so in that aspect maybe a little lonely. But also, a positive thing because we are able to show girls that that’s possible to do both. We are breaking through that hole. So it’s kind of a balance of both lonely and also really cool that we’re able to do that.

VINA: Do you think it would be even harder if you guys didn’t have each other?

스크린샷 2018-11-06 오전 8.47.54.pngBrooklyn: I definitely think it would be harder if we didn’t have each other. I mean we’ve always grown up having each other around. So even when Bailey’s out of town, I have to have a friend come sleep in my room because I just don’t know how to sleep in a room by myself because I always have Bailey around. And I feel like it would be the same if I try to run a business by myself. I don’t know if I could. Because I’ve always had Bailey around. I definitely think it would be hard

VINA: What made you guys want to put college at the top of your list?  What made you want to take that balance?Brooklyn: Education has always been extremely important to us. But our channel is also based on authenticity and we want to be the kind of girls that we want our audience to be. And we want to be able to embody the types of expectations that we would have for anyone else. So going to school, we want to show the little girls watching our videos that they can go to school and get an education and that’s important. So we wanted to be able to do that as well. And we also just wanted to get a degree and get to that milestone in our lives.

VINA: Do you ever got FOMO when you’re in class or studying and you see what other influencers are doing?
Brooklyn: I’ve never actually experienced those feelings. I feel we’re privileged to be able to experience a normal life and also get to have this YouTube world. It’s almost like a Hannah Montana life. A little bit. So I’ve never felt FOMO or jealousy towards any of the other influencers because I feel like we have a very special thing happening in our life.

VINA: Got it! Now for some fun. Anyone who creates a profile on Hey! VINA is asked to describe themselves in five emojis. So what 5 emojis would both of you say you would describe yourself in?
Bailey: Oh man, I have to look at my emojis to see what options I have. This is hard. I think Brooklyn and I would probably take the same one. I say definitely that laughy face, the heart eyes, maybe the clapping hand, the shrug, and…what else… Oh yeah, the dancing twin. Let’s do those. The dancing twins. Editor’s note: here you go girls! 😂😍👏🤷‍♀️👯

VINA: If there was a celebrity that was on VINA that you would swipe right on, who would it be?
Bailey: We both really, really love Zendaya a lot. We love what she stands for, we love that she’s so young and teen and doing a lot of careers. And we also love Emma Watson and everything she stands for. She went in education while still pursuing her passion. So we like her as well.

VINA: My last question is, what top qualities do you look for in a friend?
Brooklyn: I definitely have to say loyalty and honesty are my top two characteristics that I look for. Just someone who’s gonna be loyal to me. And even if I’m not there, just consistently being my friend. And then honesty. If we have a problem, or something happened, they’re just upfront to me about it, or they’re not lying. That’s super important to me as well.

Thank you for talking to VINAZINE, Brooklyn and Bailey! Keep up your love and passion for each other and for all that you do! Are you in search of a friendship like Brooklyn and Bailey’s? Get the Hey! VINA app now and start swiping today!

Photo credit to Brooklyn and Bailey’s Instagram @brooklynandbailey 

THESE WOMEN RUNNING IN SWING STATES NEED YOUR VOTE!

It’s that time of the year. Yes, there’s pumpkin-spice everything, colored leaves falling around us, and cozy vina get-togethers, but it’s also time to VOTE. That’s right: November 6 is the Midterm Elections, and it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard.

This year, we’ve already seen two major records get beaten—the highest total number of filed female candidates (476!) and the number of female candidates who won primaries (235!), making it to the general elections.

What this means is that the largest number of women ever have set out to make a difference—talk about historic.

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And then there are the women running in swing states. Swing states as we know them are states that are not considered ‘safely’ in either Democratic or Republican stronghold. Because election results from these states can swing from one to the other, they become major battlefields for any election campaign. And this year, the swing states are even more in the spotlight—it is the last national vote before the 2020 Presidential Elections and the two parties are projecting starkly different stances in regards to labor, immigration, and human rights policies.

This year, there are 55 female candidates running in 11 swing states: Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Although none of the women candidates in New Hampshire made it to the general elections, it’s also a swing state, so many eyes will be closely following the results (and New Hampshire will still be making history: They’ll elect either its first African-American or first openly LGBTQ member of Congress!)

To learn more about the women running in swing states, VINAZINE is breaking it all down for you!

In total, there are 55 women running for Congress in swing states this year. 46 are Democrats and 9 are Republicans; 40 are running against male opponents, while 15 are against females; 31 are first-time candidates. Meet them:

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COLORADO

Colorado has three female candidates running for Congress:

Diane Mitsch Bush

  • Democratic candidate running for 3rd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Diane is not favored to win.
  • Check out Diane’s campaign here!

Karen McCormick

  • Democratic candidate running for 4th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is competing in a district that voted for Republican presidential candidates in the last two elections.
  • Check out Karen’s campaign here!

Stephany Rose Spaulding

  • Democratic candidate running for 5th district, competing against a male opponent. 
  • Stephany is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Stephany’s campaign here!

FLORIDA

Florida has 11 female candidates running for Congress. This is the highest number among all swing states! However, none of them are favored to win—but four are in competitive race.

Kristen Carlson

  • Democratic candidate running for 15th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Kristen is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • Check out Kristen’s campaign here!

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

  • Democratic candidate running for 26th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Debbie is going against an incumbent opponent, but nevertheless challenging him in a competitive race.
  • Check out Debbie’s campaign here!

Maria E. Salazar

  • Republican candidate running for 27th district, competing against a female opponent: Donna Shalala
  • Maria is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • Check out Maria’s campaign here!

Donna Shalala

  • Democratic candidate running for 27th district, competing against a female opponent: Maria E. Salazar.
  • Donna is in a competitive race, running for a vacated Republican seat.
  • She is known to have long ties to the Clintons and has received the Presidential medal of Freedom from President Bush.
  • Check out Donna’s campaign and what she has to say.

Jennifer Zimmerman

  • Democratic candidate running for 1st district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Jennifer is a first-time candidate.
  • Check out Jennifer’s campaign here!

Yvonne Hayes Hinson

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Nancy E. Soderberg

  • Democratic candidate running for 6th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is a former US representative at UN and was at Clinton National Security Aide.
  • Check out Nancy’s campaign here!

Dana Cottrell

  • Democratic candidate running for 11th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Check out Dana’s campaign here!

Lauren Baer

Mary Barzee Flores

  • Democratic candidate running for 25th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She was nominated to be a federal judge by President Obama, but was blocked by a Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
  • Check out Mary’s campaign here!

MICHIGAN 

Michigan has eight female candidates running for Congress. One is favored to win, three are in competitive race, and four are not favored to win.

Rashida Tlaib

  • Democratic candidate running for 13th district, competing against a female opponent.
  • Rashida is favored to win.
  • She is a former state representative
  • If Rashida is elected, she will be the first Muslim women in Congress.
  • Check out Rashida’s campaign here!

Elissa Slotkin

  • Democratic candidate running for 8th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Elissa is in competitive race.
  • She is a former CIA analyst and veteran of Iraq. She also worked on the national security staff under President Bush and Obama
  • Check out Elissa’s campaign here!

Haley Stevens

  • Democratic candidate running for 11th district, competing against a female opponent, Lena Epstein.
  • Haley is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • She was endorsed by Hillary Clinton
  • Check out Haley’s campaign here.

Lena Epstein

  • Republican candidate running for 11th district, competing against a female candidate, Haley Stevens.
  • Lena is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • Check out Lena’s campaign here!

Cathy Albro

  • Democratic candidate running for 3rd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Cathy is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Cathy’s campaign here!

Gretchen D. Driskell

Candius Stearns

  • Republican candidate running for 9th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is competing in a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
  • Check out Candius’s campaign here.

Kimberly Bizon

  • Democratic candidate running for 10th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Kimberly is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Kimberly’s campaign here!

NEVADA

Nevada has two female candidates running for Congress. 

Susie Lee

  • Democratic candidate running for 3rd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Susie is in a competitive race, competing in what is considered Nevada’s most competitive House district.
  • She’s a philanthropist.
  • Check out Susie’s campaign here!

Joyce F. Bentley

  • Republican candidate running for 1st district, competing against a female opponent.
  • Joyce is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Joyce’s campaign here!

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico has four female candidates running for Congress. One is favored to win and two are in competitive race.

Deb Haaland

  • Democratic candidate running for 1st district, competing against a female opponent, Janice Arnold-Jones.
  • If Deb is elected, she will be the first Native American women in Congress.
  • She is the chairman of the Native American Democratic Caucus of New Mexico
  • Check out Deb’s campaign here!

Xochitl Torres-Smal

  • Democratic candidate running for 2nd district, competing against a female opponent, Yvette Herrell.
  • Xochitl is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • She is a former Senate staff
  • Whether she wins or not, this district will be represented by a woman for the first time!
  • Check out Xochitl’s campaign here!

Yvette Herrell 

  • Republican candidate running for 2nd district, running against a female opponent, Xochitl Torres-Small.
  • She is a State legislator
  • Whether she wins or not, this district will be represented by woman for the first time.
  • Check out Yvette’s campaign here!

Janice Arnold-Jones

  • Republican candidate running for 1st district, competing against a female opponent, Deb Haaland.
  • Check out Janice’s campaign here!

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina has four female candidates running for Congress.

Linda Coleman

  • Democratic candidate running for 2nd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Linda is in an unexpected and tight competitive race against an incumbent candidate.
  • She is a former Wake County Commissioner
  • Check out Linda’s campaign here!

Kathy Manning

  • Democratic candidate running for 13th district, competing against a male candidate.
  • Kathy is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race. She won 70% of votes in the primary election.
  • She is a former immigration lawyer.
  • Check out Kathy’s campaign here.

Denise D. “DD” Adams

Kyle Horton

  • Democratic candidate running for 7th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Check out Kyle’s campaign here!

OHIO

Ohio has eight female candidates running for Congress.

Jill Schiller

  • Democratic candidate running for 2nd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Jill is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Jill’s campaign here!

Janet Garrett

  • Democratic candidate running for 4th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Janet is not favored to win.
  • Check out Janet’s campaign here!

Shawna Roberts

Vanessa Enoch

Theresa Gasper

  • Democratic candidate running for 10th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Check out Theresa’s campaign here!

Beverly Goldstein

Betsy Rader

Susan Moran Palmer

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania has eight female candidates running for Congress. Pennsylvania has the highest number of female candidates favored to win. If any one of the 8 female candidates in Pennsylvania gets elected, it would be a break of all-male delegation of the state.

Madeleine Dean

  • Democratic candidate running for 4th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Madeleine beat a former congressman in primary elections and is favored to win.
  • She is a state legislator
  • Check out Madeleine’s campaign here!

Mary Gay Scanlon

  • Democratic candidate running for 5th district, competing against a female opponent, Pearl Kim.
  • She is a pro-bono lawyer; she works on pay equity for women, assistance for women fleeing violence and persecution.
  • Check out Mary’s campaign here!

Chrissy Houlahan

  • Democratic candidate running for 6th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is a former high school chemistry teacher/Air Force captain
  • Check out Chrissy’s campaign here!

Susan Wild

  • Democratic candidate running for 7th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Susan is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race.
  • Check out Susan’s campaign here.

Pearl Kim

  • Republican candidate running for 5th district, competing against a female opponent, Mary Gay Scanlon.
  • Check out Pearls’ campaign here.

Jessica King

Bibiana Boerio

Susan Boser

  • Democratic candidate running for 15th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Susan is a first-time candidate and is not favored to win.
  • Check out Susan’s campaign here!

VIRGINIA

Virginia has six female candidates running for Congress. 

Elaine G. Luria

  • Democratic candidate running for 2nd district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is a military veteran who served in the US Navy.
  • Check out Elaine’s campaign here.

Leslie Cockburn

  • Democratic candidate running for 5th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • She is a former journalist who worked for “60 Minutes” and “Frontline.”
  • Check out Leslie’s campaign here.

Abigail Spanberger

  • Democratic candidate running for 7th district, competing against a male opponent.
  • Abigail is a first-time candidate and is in a competitive race. She won the primaries against male candidate of similar background who said her gender would give her “an edge.”
  • She is a former CIA operative.
  • Check out Abigail’s campaign here.

Jennifer Wexton

  • Democratic candidate running for 10th district against a female opponent.
  • Jennifer is in a competitive race, which is said to be one of the most closely watched elections in the nation
  • She won 42% of votes in primaries.
  • Check out Jennifer’s campaign here.

Vangie Williams 

Jennifer L. Lewis

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin has one female candidate running for Congress. 

Margaret R. Engebretson

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