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YOU’RE JOKING

CARRIE LYELL MEETS YOUTUBE CONTENT CREATOR AND PROFESSIONAL CLOWN, ELLE MILLS
PHOTOS RÉMI THÉRIAULT

ELLE MILLS

IT’S the end of November and I’m on a train, absentmindedly scrolling through Twitter, when I come across a video titled COMING OUT (ELLE MILLS STYLE).

Now, as the editor of a magazine for women loving women, part of my job is watching coming out videos, so I’ve seen my fair share. But believe me when I say, this one was something else. The five-minute epic was picked up by everyone, from HuffPost to the Daily Mail to Refinery29, who called it the “best ever”, and catapulted Elle Mills from semi-successful YouTuber to online superstar. That video has now been seen more than 2.8 million times.

“ I’M GOING TO OWN IT AND REPRESENT THE BISEXUAL COMMUNITY”

A couple of months later, Elle and I are chatting on Skype about that video. Was she expecting the global outpouring of love that came her way? “Not to the extent that it was”, the 19-year-old from Ottawa, Canada smiles. “I expected there to be some support, because I’ve seen it [with other YouTubers] in the past. I knew that not everyone was going to turn their backs on me online. But I did not expect it to be as big as it became. It kind of blew up and it was crazy.”

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Gracing our cover this month is content creator and professional clown, Elle Mills. In her first interview with an LGBTQ magazine, the Shorty Award winner tells Carrie Lyell all about that coming out video, representing the bisexual community, and how she feels about being the next face of YouTube. Also in this issue…. Saara Aalto tells Roxy Bourdillon about finding love and finding herself We meet New Zealand national treasures, The Topp Twins Holly Miranda spills the tea on love, loss and Laura Dern Sapphic Serbia? DIVA investigates the curious case of the lesbian prime minister #DoBetterBiUs: The story behind the hashtag What’s in an aubergine: What do the emojis we use say about us? Top Trumps: A political twist on a classic card game Plus: travel, family and much much more!
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