Suede Brooks is living the dream life! What started as a coping mechanism to deal with bullying has changed her life in the best way possible. At the age of 15, she is not only a celebrated vlogger, but also a star model in the making. Her transition from an ambitious kid in the suburbs of Nevada to a starlet taking Los Angeles by storm may sound almost implausible, but it doesn't come as a surprise to most people who know her personally. For Brooks always had the quality that defines her ilk - the ability to hog the limelight without even trying.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
It all began in 2013, with the inception of Suede Brooks' YouTube channel, dedicated to fashion and make-up tips. There is an interesting back story here. In middle-school, Suede was constantly bullied by her peers that at a certain point, her parents had to resort to legal measures to ensure their daughter's safety. Depressed, she quit cheerleading and took to online schooling - a shift that unexpectedly opened up new avenues for the teenager. After surfing countless dedicated fashion channels on YouTube, Brooks discovered that she had a flair for fashion and soon started a channel of her own.
Within a matter of months, the channel, which focused mainly on fashion tips and make-up tutorials, became a sensation. Suede Brooks was quick to realise the potential of this new-found popularity, and in a bid to turn her passion into her profession, she reached out to STX, an entertainment company that specialises in talent management. Since then, there has been no looking back for the youngster.
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What Makes Suede Brooks So Special
Though her rise from being a popular vlogger to a promising model is a relatively new development, Suede Brooks is no stranger to the world of glitz and glamour. In fact, she did her first ad campaign when she was just eight, for the renowned clothing-retail company, H&M. While most of her peers were into sports or cheerleading, Brooks was always fascinated by the fashion world. And while most people (are forced to) give up on their childhood dreams, Brooks had the good luck to have the courage of her convictions and ample opportunities to justify them.
"I have always wanted to create my clothing line. I’m hoping to call it 'Suede'," she confides. Given the way her modelling career is shaping up, it's certainly not a far-fetched dream. She defines her unique sense of style as edgy, chic and girly. Any guesses as to what the one item in her wardrobe is that she cannot live without?
"A jean jacket!" she confesses with a smile.
Thanks to her Tumblr blog and YouTube channel, most of Suede Brooks' fans (and detractors, by the way) are familiar with her vivacious if not a little bawdy personality. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that her personal life has been a subject of intense and constant speculation. Rumour mills were set abuzz in March 2016, when Brooks was spotted with 1D's Niall Horan in LA. Needless to say, quite a few 1D fans were upset by the news, and they took to social media to vent their displeasure on Horan's "alleged girlfriend".
Finding herself at the receiving end of yet another spate of bullying, Brooks wasn't amused. She took to twitter to express her exasperation at the baseless speculations surrounding her personal life, and quickly dispelled the myth that she was seeing Horan. Though the hullabaloo has died down, it's a scourge she will have to learn dealing with (or better still, turning a deaf ear to) in her journey forward - as the clichéd but true words go, fame comes at a price.
Behind the Curtains
Suede Brooks' greatest source of strength in the pursuit of her dreams has been her family. Her parents - who have owned and managed a salon in Vegas for the last 23 years - have not only been supportive, but also played a pro-active role in shaping her career. Her brother, Blaze, is a graphic designer, and her sister, India, is an avid blogger.
As of now, Suede Brooks is devoting all her attention, time and energy to her modelling career. She is represented by 'No Ties Management' and the busy schedule has kept her away from vlogging for a while now.
I’m moving on to modelling. I haven’t really been doing YouTube for the past two months because I’m focusing on modelling. I don’t want to be known as 'that 14 year-old YouTuber who blew up' but I also don’t want to leave my followers behind. I care about them," says Brooks. It's evident that she has her eyes set on the pinnacle of fashion world, and given how driven, focused, considerate and smart she is, Brooks' ascendancy to the super model stature is perhaps a little more than just an eventuality. A certainty, actually.
Brooks' parents own the 'Diva Studio Salon' in Vegas.