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The secret side of Hannah Hart

A SUPER MEGA STAR THANKS TO HER YOUTUBE SHOW, MY DRUNK KITCHEN, A SOBER HANNAH HART TALKS TO CARRIE LYELL ABOUT ACCIDENTAL FAME, STAYING GROUNDED AND LIFE BEYOND THE INTERNET

The star of My Drunk Kitchen is stone cold sober when we call for a chat. It is 9.30am in Los Angeles though, so if she weren’t, that might be a cause for concern. For someone who says they’re not “much of a drinker”, is it weird to be famous for being inebriated? “Yeah, it is, to be totally honest,” she admits. But then, being famous wasn’t exactly something that was planned.

An accidental celebrity, 28-year-old Berkeley graduate Hannah Hart found fame a surprise to say the least. Having recently moved from San Francisco to New York to pursue a career in translation, she made a video for a friend back home and uploaded it to YouTube. “Then I discovered that YouTube was actually a place where people went to view content. Not just a service you use to send a video,” she laughs. Overnight, the comments section underneath what would become the first episode of MDK “blew up”.

“People were like, ‘This is my new favourite show on YouTube!’ and I was like, ‘Show on YouTube? What are they talking about?’ It was then I realised there was this entire underground ecosystem of entertainers and content creators living inside this world I had no idea was there.”

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Our cover star, Hannah Hart, has over two million fans who log into her quirky YouTube cookery show and it’s not hard to see why. Funny, talented, stylishly androgynous (and let’s face it, it’s still rare to see a show fronted by a boyish girl) and big on smarts, Hannah is our kind of woman. In her interview with DIVA she also shows us other sides to the goofball host who counts Jamie Oliver as a fan. While we’re fangirling, it seems a good time to mention actress Sophie Ward who talks about her part in the stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Elsewhere in this issue, we address racism in our LGBT communities and what we can all do to challenge and eradicate it. Our communities have a proud history of pulling together to support each other, whether that was lesbians and bi women supporting gay men during the AIDS crisis or gay and bi women challenging inequality in respect of class or disability, and we have a duty to work alongside queer people of colour who experience overt and covert racism daily. As we approach National Coming Out Day on 12 October, we present tips on how and when to let people know. Our wedding feature is chock full of suggestions for wedding and honeymoon venues and destinations, so whether you or someone you know is planning for their big day, we hope you’ll find it useful. Also in this issue: Queer baiting on TV Eurogames in Stockholm With same-sex marriage rights won, what's next for the USA? WEGAN tell us all about their new dating site, Find Femmes Amy Dillwyn: Victorian writer, industrialist and cigar smoker Scene: Brighton's Traumfrau And all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV
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