Niki DeMartino always keeps it real!
The 23-year-old YouTube star – along with her twin sister, Gabi – are known for being super open with all their fans and followers about everything in their life, and we love them for it! Recently, the twins have made headlines with their newest series, which showcases the girls as they take a look back at their middle school years in order to spread awareness and open the conversation about bullying in schools.
We were lucky enough to catch up with one half of the talented twosome to get the inside scoop about all things YouTube! From talking about the positive response they’ve gotten since launching the middle school series to starting the “Truth About” series on her personal vlog channel, Niki didn’t hold back. Keep scrolling to get the 411 on what the twins have coming up next and be sure to keep up with Niki & Gabi by watching their weekly YouTube videos!
“It’s never too late to make change or to start over. If you’re not happy with the circumstances you’re living in, change it. You’re in control. That’s the power you have.”
You and Gabi just started your middle school series on YouTube. Have you gotten a positive reaction to that so far?
Niki: You know, I’m very surprised because Gabi and I tend to get hated on more than other YouTubers for some reason, I think because there’s two of us, there’s double the hate. But for some reason, this series is getting hardly any bad attention. A lot of people are saying it’s helping them, which makes me feel good because a video can always go one of two ways, but I think it’s resonating with the fans because it’s completely unfiltered. We’re airing out our dirty laundry. We’re basically doing what our parents always told us never to do growing up, like oversharing, but I find whenever we overshare, our audience loves it, and they learn from it. So, as long as somebody’s learning from that bad time, then I know I went through it for a reason, and we’re both just really happy that we have this platform to share such a horrible time, because that way we feel like we went through it for a reason. There’s a reason bad things happen, and I really feel like that’s the reason, so that way we can share this story and prevent other situations like that from happening.
Do you have any advice for any young girls, or boys even, who might be going through the same experience that the both of you guys did when you were younger?
Niki: My advice is, is you have to word “temporary” in the back of your head. You have to know that everything is temporary in life. Everything is always changing. Nothing ever stays the same, so just because it’s a bad time, doesn’t mean you have a bad life and will only have a bad life. You will get through it one way or another. Our way was through changing schools, and I also want to let kids know that if they are going through something like that, no one ever thinks change is the option or the way to go.
Going off of that, you recently launched the “Truth About” series on your vlog channel. What has it been like being able to sit down with your friends and get to talk to them on a deeper level?
Niki: This series is my passion, and it’s the biggest blessing because I love connecting with people, and I love making friends. I feel like this series has shown me amazing sides to my friends that I’ve never even seen. And the fact that I can put it on my channel, and not only see it for myself, but show their fans this other amazing side they have, is such a rewarding feeling, especially when a video does well and people are commenting that they see them differently. I just feel like it’s helping me also make better relationships with people, and it’s helping me learn and apply things to my life. I’ve talked about sexuality, appearance, relationships, weight loss, being blind. There’s a lot that I’ve talked about, and it kind of grounds me. Like when you have everything, sometimes it feels like you have nothing because you’re so lucky that you forget what it’s like to have it bad. And I feel like it’s good to be reminded of struggles other people have to put your problems in perspective, so that way they don’t feel as heavy.
Do you feel like it’s important for your viewers to know that you may be going through some of the same struggles as them?
Niki: Yeah, just because we’re YouTubers doesn’t mean we’re immune to problems. We’re all humans at the end of the day, and at the end of the day, all humans want is to feel accepted, and happy, and feel like they have purpose. And I feel like when one of those gets messed up, YouTuber or non-YouTuber, it will make anybody unhappy.
Do you and Gabi have any future projects coming up that you can tease for us?
Niki: We have a collaboration coming up around the holidays, and let me just put it this way. It’s a bucket list moment, and it’s definitely something that even just last year, I saw a similar collaboration and I thought, “Wow, if one day I could do that.” And it’s a year later and we’re doing it. It kind of presented itself to us and it wasn’t like, “Oh, we want to do that, we’re going to fight for this.” They came to us, so it’s like that was a moment where I just felt like, “Mommy, I made it.”\