By Mariel Abanes
We are called the Digital Generation for the most obvious reason—we live and breathe the internet. Admit it, upon waking up, you’re guiltily sneaking a peek on your friends’ Instagram stories, watching viral dog and cat videos on Facebook, and eagerly anticipating to see a new upload from your favorite YouTube vlogger. Whether it’s all for an early GV or the intense need of hip and happenings, you’re sure locked in, because—FOMO!
Our internet celebrities make sure you get your dose of the latest, and one of the vloggers that’s on our radar is Bella Racelis AKA That’s Bella on cyberspace. With the 16-year-old’s description on her YouTube channel, “I hope that my channel can put a smile on your face,” we can’t help but instantly feel our faces grin with that smiley face on the end.
Her videos are quirky, entertaining, and relatable—enough reasons for her channel to be an instant go-to for teens like her. And this is her goal—to empower and inspire girls through the content she produces. Three years ago, shy and timid Bella would scroll through countless vlogs of her favorite international YT vloggers to pass time. Then the idea came into picture. “I’ve seen how creating contents develops people’s personality and boost their confidence. I wanted to do something that could help me go out of my comfort zone,” she shares.
Armed with her phone, her dad’s tripod, and her family’s computer, she created her first video. Fast forward to present, Bella, who used to just ogle at other YouTubers in front of her screen, has established herself as an online personality. The over half a million subscribers on her channel watch out for her random musings, travel inspo, beauty picks, and just about anything that Bella turns into a hit.
Despite the hate and drama that online influencers commonly go through, she remains positive that her work sparks change for the youth. Apart from the fun stuff, she sneaks in a number of posts on real-life problem encounters. “I try to relate myself with them by making videos about my experiences like bullying. I made a video explaining what I went through and I also gave out some advice that could help other victims of bullying,” the Grade 11 student reveals.
Her videos may speak of trendy beauty #goals, but Bella still believes that, as cliché as this sounds, beauty comes from within. “You are beautiful if you have a good heart. Beauty is accepting who you truly are and being the best version you can be inside out,” she says. While it doesn’t hurt to put on a bit of brow gel, mascara, and lip and cheek tint (her go-to look!), it’s still the character that counts.
As you press play on one of her videos (take your pick—our personal faves are her travel and hauls vids!), remember that Bella puts in mind how through the content she films, edits, and curates, she encourages teens to basically enjoy each day while challenging them to break out of their shell. “We should always try to improve ourselves while living life with no regrets,” she says. And of course, to turn the cycle of good karma on the daily. “We should do our best to make a positive difference in someone else’s life.”
Watch Bella star in our 18th anniversary campaign #ChalkGen18 as part of this year's Chalk Bright Young Manila:
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Photographed by Stephen Capuchino
Art Direction by Mikka Caronan
Styled by Madel Asuncion
Makeup by Lleoni Galang of Makeup Design Academy
Hair by Sam Corbillon of Triple Luck Brow and Nail Salon
Clothes by Forever 21