My Favourite YouTubers - HeyKayli

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Hi guys! This is the second instalment of my favourite youtubers series, and this week the lovely girl I'm going to be talking about is Kayli, from HeyKayli! If you are a fan of the very famous Shaytards, you'll recognise Kayli as Shay-Carl's sister in law, and Kayli now has a channel of her own, as well as being part of the popular 'The Moms View'. I only started watching Kayli's channel a couple of months ago, but I think she's doing something incredibly important with it, and that's why I wanted to share it with you guys!

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Kayli is an incredibly sweet girl who never comes across as pushy or over-confident on camera, which actually makes her such a joy to watch. To begin with, her channel was a fun mixture of hairstyling tips and crafting suggestions for parents (she is proud mum of two), and these videos still make up the bulk of the content on her channel. However, when a question popped up on 'The Moms View' asking the girls about body image and weight, Kayli made the brave decision to start a series on her own channel talking about her personal battle with an eating disorder through her teenage years, right up until she got married and found out she was pregnant with her daughter. These videos are not easy to make, and bring up some quite painful memories, but I think talking about this kind of thing, when it is such a prevalent problem in this day and age, is so important. Kayli has had her parents on to talk about their experience with her struggle, and her channel is giving a really well rounded account of how these illnesses can affect not only the individual, but their entire family too. Her videos are highlighting how vital it is to look out for signs of this sort of problem and while she isn't claiming to have any sort of magical solution, I think the very fact that someone in Kayli's position (she has over 70,000 subscribers on her channel alone) is speaking out about the problems she has faced is such a positive thing. You can see from the comments on her videos that she really is touching people, and reaching out to young girls who may be dealing with the same thing.

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Youtube is a fantastic platform to talk about your interests, your likes and your dislikes, and to make videos that will bring a smile to peoples faces, and that's an amazing thing. However, it is also a really useful platform to talk about issues close to your heart, and hopefully help other people who are going through the same thing, and I think that is exactly what Kayli is doing here. By addressing her own struggle in these videos, Kayli is bringing what is still a relatively 'taboo' topic for some people out into the open, and hopefully, by doing so, she can help just a few of the many people out there who face a daily struggle with an eating disorder. What is really lovely is that her series is progressing from discussing her own struggle, to creating exercise plans and sharing lifestyle tips, so that as Kayli herself works towards a healthier body and mind, her viewers can too. If you haven't already, check out Kayli's channel (and The Moms View!) linked below.

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Lynsey xxx

Once again, remember to check out my own wee channel here if you fancy it!

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