Jelly Draper or as she is otherwise known, Angelina Nicolle, is an American YouTube star, social media influencer, and health vlogger. She has garnered recent fame for her raw vegan lifestyle, cooking and dieting tips, and tutorial posts as well as for fashion videos. A native of California, Draper adopted the vegan lifestyle sometime in early 2013 and set up her channel within a couple of months after that. Her initial plan with the channel was to promote veganism as an alternative lifestyle. In the subsequent years, she found considerable popularity on various social media platforms. She has over 90 thousand subscribers on YouTube and 19 thousand followers on Instagram. Draper’s content is often compared to that of Claire Michelle’s, who is also known for her healthy lifestyle and fitness vlogging on YouTube.
Rise to Stardom
After Jelly Draper decided to become a vegan at the age of 16, she felt it would be a good idea to set up a YouTube channel where she would be able to communicate with fellow vegans as well as educate people about the lifestyle. With that in mind, she created her channel on March 28, 2013. However, it took her two years before she uploaded her first video on YouTube. Posted on March 23, 2015, the video is titled ‘What I Eat In a Day (Rawtill4) + Farmers Market’. It was short (not even three minutes long), full of information, and perfectly set the tone for the content that would follow.
In time, she started to upload regularly. She talked about the benefits of eating raw vegan food, her work-out routine, and answered questions from her ever-growing fan base. In October 2016, she bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand. Travelling had been something that she always wanted to do. She did not have any plans for what she would do once she was in New Zealand. She just wanted to travel rather than going to school or having a job. She spent a few months there before moving to Australia, where she currently resides.
Draper has accumulated over five million views to date. Her most popular upload is ‘Jungle Room Tour 2016’ (818 thousand views).
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Jelly Draper was born on November 22, 1997, in San Diego, California. She has two older brothers. One is ten years older than her and the other is about six years older than her.
She hails from a predominantly blue-collar family. None of her immediate relatives has attended college. Draper herself has maintained good grades throughout her schooling. She can play the piano as well as read sheet music. During middle school, she was part of the choir for all three years and even made it to the Wildcat Chamber. She is not a religious person. She was raised a Catholic but now, in her own words, she is “nothing”.
She has low blood platelets and that causes her to bruise and bleed easily. Her blood doesn’t clot as it is thinner than normal. Veganism has apparently helped her with that.
She is currently dating a fellow vegan named Kieran, who is from Scotland. He has appeared in several of her videos.
Draper’s favourite book of all time is ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger. She has read the story several times and considers Holden Caulfield, the primary protagonist of the story, to be “her love”. She also likes the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.