In 2005, a freak accident left Shalom Blac with deep burns across her face and body. But more than just the physical injury, the then-nine-year-old Shalom had to endure untold amounts of mental distress thanks to the incessant bullying.
Eventually, though, Shalom learned to love her scars — and her body. And today, she's one of the most popular beauty influencers on social media.
Shalom initially got her start as a beauty influencer when she came across makeup tutorials on YouTube. As she told CNN, she was watching a video about a little girl who had gone through far worse than her — and that's what inspired her to make videos, herself.
"She was a young girl who was battling cancer, and she was completely bald. I was just like, ‘Oh, my, how is she so young and so brave to come on camera in a public place?’ So I just decided to challenge myself and do the thing that scares me the most," she said. "I just decided to do a video and then post a picture of me without my wig, which was a big deal. I was so scared, but seeing people tell me how my picture or my videos have inspired them really pushed me to do more and share with people.”
We recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Shalom Blac to shed some light about who she is, and what we can expect from her in the future.
For the benefit of those who don't know you, tell us who you are, and what you do.
I am a burn survivor, and I make beaut and lifestyle content online.
Tell us a little bit about your "airbrushed face" technique - that one's my favorite. How did you come up with it? What products do you use?
Constant practice using different products helped me figure out what works best for my skin and scars. I currently use the MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Primer - Full Size 1.52 Oz., Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation and MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 4g/0.14oz.
How has your experience as a child shaped your current experience? What do you hope people learn from your story?
My experiences growing up, from the accident to my bullying, and learning to love me, made me the strong, motivated person I am today. If there's anything to learn from my story I would say it's to try and be the best version of yourself possible.
The spotlight, today, is on Black YouTube creators more than ever before. How do you hope people remember you?
I hope that people will remember me for my vulnerability as I attempt to debunk the old standards of beauty.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be, and why?
To live fearlessly and fabulously!
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring YouTube stars who look up to you and want to do what you do?
Just do it! Stay true to who you are, and be consistent.