*six-two 35 under 35 changemakers of 2018 - mental wellbeing
There are positive role models for self-acceptance, and then there's Melanie Murphy. Youtube sensation, author and champion for mental wellbeing, here's why we all need a little Melanie wisdom in our lives.
Nominated by Michael Rizzi and Alayna Fender, judges of the mental wellbeing category as part of six-two’s 35 under 35 initiative, Melanie’s career didn’t blossom over time as you might expect. In fact, it exploded with a viral video she posted about her acne back in 2014. The video went viral with a colossal 18 million views and was shared by people all over the world. Straight away, she became a powerful YouTube force, gaining respect with her flat-out refusal to sugar coat real life issues.
But inspiring the masses wasn’t always Melanie’s sole calling in life. Before her YouTube career took off she was a qualified teacher from County Dublin, a role she had to give up to commit to the vlog-life full time. Her ability to impart wisdom isn’t just a born gift, she’s a certified pro at giving advice. To an audience of 500,000, Melanie dissects just about everything from her sexuality to lifestyle choices, her struggle and journey with eating disorders, and her relationships.
Her videos are brutally honest and infinitely comforting, challenging social norms and speaking out about crucial issues that some of us are just tired of keeping a secret. Her journey to recovery, having beaten eating disorders and body dysmorphia, has touched the hearts and given hope to so many who have gone through the same thing.
"By talking so openly, Melanie is creating awareness around eating and body image disorders, is providing support and offering herself as a positive role model for her audience. She promotes a message of self-acceptance and all around wellbeing" - Alayna Fender
As if her YouTube channel wasn’t binge-worthy enough, Melanie has taken to spreading her wisdom in book form. In her hot off the press debut biography ‘Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World’, Melanie hits just about every nail there is to hit when it comes to being a young woman in the 21st century. In a world where the lines between online and offline are blurred and consent and confidence are hot topics, Melanie explains what it’s like to navigate the overwhelming pressure of today’s world, and we are SO here for it.
Reposts of some of my fave tagged pictures of my book! Very few things bring me the same joy as seeing a thing I WROTE and worked on for so long, in the homes of my internet family members 💚 The best feedback about the book so far has been ‘I would love to gift this to my younger self’ and sooo many of you dealing with body image, confidence, sexuality, love, skin issues and all sorts have written such beautiful reviews of it online which I cannot thank you all enough for! ☺️ During February I’ll be properly getting to work on some commercial fiction concepts which is so exciting, but still…really glad that THIS book was word baby number 1 👌🏻 #fullyfunctioninghumanalmost (thank you @ellaenglishbymusic @isabellarosing and @tenilleashton for the photos!)
The most unique thing about Melanie is that no matter who you are, where you’re from or what you do, she’ll talk about something that will relate to you on some level. Perhaps you’ll come to her channel looking for gym tips, but you’ll sure as hell stay for the myriad of fun-yet-hella-important topics delivered in a truly relatable way. This Irish-born star is certainly one of the front-runners of the self-care movement, and we simply can’t wait to see what she does next…
To learn more about the six-two 35 under 35 initiative, and to see the individuals who made the list, head here.