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Hi, sisters! James Charles here and welcome to my YouTube channel!

―James Charles' Intro

James Charles Dickinson (born: May 23, 1999 (1999-05-23) [age 21]) is a makeup artist, model and YouTube vlogger. He became the first male spokesmodel for cosmetic brand CoverGirl, working alongside brand ambassador and singer-songwriter Katy Perry. He also appeared on TheEllenShow on November 14, 2016.

Personal Life

James is from Bethlehem, New York and is a student of Bethlehem Central Senior High School. He is openly gay and came out at the age of 12. Before he developed his interest in makeup, he often did hairstyling. After having his career in makeup, his father helped him change their basement into a makeup studio where he practiced doing it on his friends.


Offensive Tweets/Jokes

In February 2017, James tweeted an offensive joke about Africa and Ebola. An apology was later issued with him saying I am extremely sorry for what I said. There are no excuses. No one owns me forgiveness, but I've learned a lot from the experience. I hope that people who might look up to me will be able to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.

High School Photo

A month later, James was exposed when another YouTube make up artist named Thomas Halbert posted screenshots of previous conversations online with him where his rise to fame story was falsified. He claimed that his high school prom photographs were retaken with a ring light. However, it was revealed that they were actually edited which led the photographer being contacted.

Transphobic Comments

In April 2019, Charles clarified that he was not fully gay, being a 5.5 on the Kinsey scale, revealing 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 were called 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.

Met Gala

More controversy arose after Charles’ appearance at the Met Gala, with people making fun of his outfit, which didn't fit the camp theme, and him being a YouTuber, attending a prestigious event.

Catfishing/Predatory Behavior

After the Met Gala controversy, multiple classmates coming forward with how he had catfished his high school's soccer team. This follows Gage Gomez coming forward and admitting Charles’ manipulative and predator-like nature towards straight men, threatening to expose them if they reject his advances.

Tati Westbrook Drama

While James had fair share of controversy, it all paled out when Tati decided to upload a video confessing and castigating all the wrongs James did. This controversy was very viral to the point it nearly ended James' career. During Coachella 2019, James came under fire for promoting a Sugar Bear vitamin on his instagram, which the Suger Bear Vitamin was a direct competitor for his friends Tati Westbrook, Halo vitamins. Westbrook posted an instagram story being upset that James would promote her competitor, even though they were friends. James later issued an apology on his Instagram story, saying he didn't intend to upset Westbrook, and stated he did the advertisement to secure security during Coachella.

On May 10, 2019, Tati posted a video titled BYE SISTER. explaining all her problems with James, including having a massive ego, childish behavior, manipulating and predator behaviors towards straight men, embarrassing her at a party, promoting the sugar bear vitamins, even though his beliefs on not promoting supplements to his young fans, and feeling betrayed after all the help Tati did for James, before he was famous. Tati stated that she severed all ties with James and wants nothing to do with him.

As a result, in just three days, James lost over 2.5 million subscribers from the controversy. James made a response apologizing to Tati and the fans the day after Tati's video. The video negativity arose as the video surpassed over 2 million dislikes and fans accused James of scripting the video.

Many people even assumed that Dolan Twins and Emma Chamberlain ended friendship with James and permanently disbanded the Sister Squad due to them unfollowing James.

As his reputation dwindled in a fast pace, James ultimately broke his silence and uploaded a video called No More Lies. In his video, he talked about all the allegation Tati made and refuted all her statement, especially his sexual behavior towards a waiter. He also pointed out that he attempted to apologize to Tati and his husband and explained his reasoning with signing the contract with her rival company. In the end, he also addressed Jeffree Star's merciless treatment towards James after the scandal. According to his phone, Jeffree called James a "Danger to society" and that he should be "locked in a jail for a very long time,". James then criticized Jeffree for not only sending hurtful message, but for not trusting him in the first place.

In the end, his video proved to be a success, as many of his friends apologized to him, and eventually regrew his subscribers back instantly.

Subscriber Milestones

Note: The following dates are according to SocialBlade. Dates may vary by ~1 day (2 days if you live outside of North America) due to differences in time zones.

  • 1 million subscribers: May 14, 2017
  • 2 million subscribers: November 8, 2017
  • 3 million subscribers: February 22, 2018
  • 4 million subscribers: April 14, 2018
  • 5 million subscribers: May 28, 2018
  • 6 million subscribers: July 1, 2018
  • 7 million subscribers: August 5, 2018
  • 8 million subscribers: September 4, 2018
  • 9 million subscribers: October 14, 2018
  • 10 million subscribers: November 13, 2018
  • 11 million subscribers: December 7, 2018
  • 12 million subscribers: December 24, 2018
  • 13 million subscribers: January 7, 2019
  • 14 million subscribers: February 5, 2019
  • 15 million subscribers: March 15, 2019
  • 16 million subscribers: April 12, 2019


  • Below 16 million subscribers: May 10, 2019
  • Below 15 million subscribers: May 11, 2019
  • Below 14 million subscribers: May 12, 2019


  • 14 million subscribers: May 19, 2019
  • 15 million subscribers: May 21, 2019
  • 16 million subscribers: August 16, 2019
  • 17 million subscribers: March 6, 2020
  • 18 million subscribers: April 6-14, 2020
  • 19 million subscribers: May 16, 2020
  • 20 million subscribers: July 12, 2020

Video View Milestones

  • 1 billion views: December 29, 2018
  • 2 billion views: March 28, 2020


  • James Charles has the record of most subscribers lost in a single day, of over 1.2 million lost in May 11, 2019.
  • In January 2019, he was invited to Birmingham, England, to open Morphe Cosmetics' second UK store.
  • He refers to his fans as "Sisters".
  • He started his own clothing line known as "Sisters Apparel".
  • He has a brother known as Ian Jeffery, who is also a popular internet personality.
  • He is a fan of video games, especially Minecraft and Mario Kart.
  • He participated in the gaming tournament "Minecraft Monday" a couple of times.
  • He is a mix of Polish and Irish descent.
  • He has played Minecraft with PewDiePie.
  • He has played Mario Kart Wii with TWD98.
  • He owns a dog named Finnegan.
  • He calls his Haters his "Step Sisters".

This page was created by ChainsmokersFantatic1999 on November 6, 2017.

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