Cassandra Bankson is a model, YouTuber and writer from San Francisco. Formerly known as diamondsandheels14 on YouTube, Bankson now has over 800,000 subscribers.
Cassandra started modelling at age 16, despite struggling with severe acne since 3rd grade. She signed to an agency in San Francisco at 17.
She started her YouTube channel toward the end of her high school career. Having been bullied to the extent that she had to be homeschooled, Cassandra turned to YouTube as an outlet of self-expression.
She gained popularity after posting a foundation routine, from the perspective of a woman with cystic acne. The video was shared by a Brazillian blogger who also suffered with acne and the views started growing. It was eventually shared on Good Morning America and Cassandra began to make more videos about dealing with and covering up acne and acne scarring.
Cassandra looks at her follower and subscriber base as a family of sorts, they have supported her throughout her career and will continue to as she approaches the 1 million subscriber mark.
She wants to show women that it is possible to overcome severe acne and not only personally accept yourself, but even be in a job where appearance is everything. She interacts with her followers on a daily basis and tried her best to spread the message of self-love and confidence. Her viewing audience has witnessed Bankson gain control of her acne and now work towards fading her acne scars.
Cassandra lists Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo, among many others as books that have made her think. She enjoys modern poetry and up next on her reading list is Love Like Run-On Sentences by yours truly ;)
She's currently working on a literary magazine, a collaborative project involving herself and a bunch of other writers and poets, featuring pieces about healing.
This year, expect lots of new content on Cassandra's YouTube channel, as well as the release of the Inspire magazine and more brand collaborations.
Follow Cassandra on Instagram @cassandrabankson and on YouTube HERE