|Model James Charles Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in|
|Date of Birth||May 23, 1999|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
James Charles is an American Internet personality, beauty YouTuber, and make-up artist. He became the first male ambassador for CoverGirl in 2016 and as of April 2021, he has accumulated a fan base of more than 25 million subscribers on his eponymous YouTube channel. He has worked with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Lil Nas X, Kesha, Madison Beer, Doja Cat, JoJo Siwa, Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Trixie Mattel, Avani Gregg, Bretman Rock, and Plastique Tiara. In addition to that, Charles has also received several accolades including the People’s Choice Award, Streamy Award, Shorty Award, and Teen Choice Award.
James Charles Dickinson
Bethlehem, New York, United States
James Charles went to the Bethlehem Central High School in New York City. In 2016, he was a senior in high school. However, towards the end of 2016, it was reported that he was taking a break from school.
While describing his high school experience, he said, “I did get bullied a lot in high school and personally, I just ignored it.”
Makeup artist, Model, YouTuber
- Father – Skip Dickinson (Contractor)
- Mother – Christine Dickinson
- Siblings – Ian Jeffrey (Younger Brother) (Instagram Star)
He self-manages his career.
5 ft 8.5 in or 174 cm
However, James has mentioned his height as 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm on Twitter in December 2019.
63 kg or 139 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
James Charles has dated –
- Aaron Fuller (2017) – James went out on a date with fellow social media star, Aaron Fuller in January 2017. Fuller had first got in touch with James via a private message on Instagram. They exchanged a couple of messages before heading out for a date. However, their yogurt date turned into a huge drama as another social media star Tana Mongeau and his fans accused Aaron of using James for fame. As he didn’t have time for such distractions, James decided against taking their courtship ahead.
- Shawn (2017) – James’s love life was again a part of a social media drama in September 2017 after a guy named Shawn took to his Twitter account to reveal that James had matched with him on Tinder. However, James wasn’t impressed as he called Shawn out for using him for Twitter fame. Shawn apologized and tried to clarify but by then, the damage was done.
- Grayson Dolan (2018) – It was RUMORed that he had a fling with actor and comedian Grayson Dolan in the year 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
Dark Brown (Natural)
He often tends to wear blue-colored contact lenses.
Charles came out as gay to his parents when he was 12 years old.
- Often wears a black leather cap backward
- Freckles on the face
10 (US) (via Twitter)
- As a part of his endorsement deal with CoverGirl, he was tasked with headlining a promotional campaign for So Lashy! by BlastPro Mascara.
- He has also used his immense popularity on various social media platforms to promote several products and brands. He has included beauty and other products in his YouTube makeup tutorials for the purpose of promotion.
Best Known For
- Being the first male CoverGirl model
- Being one of the most popular male beauty social media personalities. He has more than 3 million followers on Instagram and more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube. His YouTube videos have more than 1 billion views.
First TV Show
In November 2016, James made his first TV show appearance as a guest on the popular talk show, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show. However, his appearance on the TV show wasn’t credited.
His first credited appearance in a TV show came in the talk show Zall Good in 2017 as a guest.
James Charles Favorite Things
- Food – Steak, Fries
- Signature Makeup – Faux-freckles
- Beauty Influencers – Jaclyn Hill and NikkieTutorials
- Color – Periwinkle
James Charles Facts
- He was discovered by the cosmetics giant, CoverGirl, through his Instagram account. They were impressed by his ability to become a stereotype and transcend gender difference as a makeup icon.
- He is legally blind but he insists that doesn’t interfere with his ability to do his job efficiently.
- A huge credit for the success of his YouTube channel lies with his father, who first helped James turn their basement into a studio. He later turned his old office into a filming space for his channel.
- James started his journey to social media fame in 2015 by creating his Instagram account. His intention was to inspire others to be confident and comfortable in themselves. He created his YouTube channel in December 2015.
- Before finding fame as a social media personality, his first job in the beauty industry was that of a hairstylist.
- He used to often get pounded by bullies and haters on social media comments for doing ‘a woman’s job.’ However, Instagram’s new filters helped him filter out hateful comments.
- CoverGirl roped in pop star Katy Perry to announce that they have hired James as a spokesmodel for the new beauty product.
- In February 2017, he caused a huge controversy after he made an offensive joke about Ebola and Africa. Shortly after, he dug himself into a deeper hole by revealing that he was blocking those who were calling him out for his comments. He eventually issued an apology.
- In March 2017, a fellow YouTube make-up artist Thomas Halbert posted screenshots of his conversation with Charles in which he seemed to be admitting that he had faked his background story to achieve fame in a shorter period.
- He has had botox injections in his forehead and filler injections in his lip, a fact that he revealed to supermodel and actress Naomi Campbell in May 2020.
- In December 2020, James Charles disabled comments on his viral TikTok video in which he was dancing with his friends in Christmas clothes after some fans claimed that it was not right to do that amid the worsening pandemic situation in Los Angeles.
- James’s Twitter account was hacked in August 2019. As a result, he had temporarily lost his verification badge.
- In January 2021, he was involved in an argument on Twitter with rapper Asian Doll over the makeup artists charging a heavy amount of fees.
- On January 19, 2021, James released the cover of Olivia Rodrigo‘s hit song “Drivers License”.
- In February 2021, he debuted a new look where he was seen with a shaved head. Later in the month, he ruined his own prank when he accidentally showed his head with visible hair streaks after wearing a cap.
- He won the Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Male Social Star” in 2021.
- James had hosted season 1 of the YouTube competition series Instant Influencer. ZHC replaced him in season 2.
- In February 2021, he was accused of sending n*de pictures of himself to a 16-year old fan and forcing the fan to do the same. That fan had released a TikTok video to reveal all this. James had called the claims ‘completely false’. Later, in April 2021, the accuser publicly apologized and revealed that the conversations in the video between him and James were fake.
- In March 2021, James was accused by 2 more fans of flirting with them on Snapchat. Later, in April 2021, he posted a video titled “holding myself accountable” in which he apologized to the people who were affected by the situation. James also revealed that he believed that the 2 people on Snapchat were 18 years old and he later found out that they were actually 16 years old. After the controversy, James took a break from YouTube and returned to the platform in July 2021 with a video titled “An Open Conversation”.
- In April 2021, James’s YouTube account was temporarily suspended from their partner program (meaning it was demonetized) due to their Creator Responsibility Policy.
- In May 2021, James talked about a lawsuit by one of his video editors turned video producer, Kelly Rocklein whom he was paying $72,000 a year. Kelly claimed wrongful termination, bad treatment, and over-time payment issues, etc. She has also worked for another social media star, Erika Costell, and also filed a lawsuit against Erika for employee mistreatment. Overall, James termed Kelly’s accusations as untrue.
- In September 2021, he revealed via Instagram Story that he still regretted saying Ariana Grande the “rudest celebrity he has ever met” which he had said 4 years earlier.
- James has 1 tattoo on his lip but it is faded.
- He doesn’t like alcoholic drinks. However, he does like the taste of beer.
- After taking a much-needed short break, he had returned to uploading new videos on his YouTube channel in July 2021. However, he had reduced his upload frequency.
- In 2023, James launched his makeup brand, Painted.
- In the past, James launched a clothing line called Sisters Apparel. In October 2023, it was revealed that he had decided to shut down Sisters Apparel.
Featured Image by James Charles / Instagram