Alli Simpson is the definition of a slashie. She’s a YouTuber/musician/ actress/host and she’s only 20 years old. The beauty guru talks to GF about life in LA, what inspires her, and negativity on social media.
GF: How does it feel to have your single ‘Richer’ nominated for the iHeart Radio Macy’s Rising Star competition?
It’s really awesome because I wrote that song right after my homeless experience [on SBS series Filthy Rich and Homeless] and I released it within two weeks of writing it. It’s really nice to get noticed for things that you worked hard on or things that really mean a lot to you so I was very overwhelmed and I’m really happy to be part of it.
GF: What inspires you when writing music?
I just draw on personal experiences or from the personal experiences of my friends, like what they’re going through, so it’s a pretty good mixture.
GF: You’ve lived in LA for a while now. What’s it like compared to the Gold Coast?
I’ve been living in LA now for over eight years so I’m definitely used to it but the lifestyle is completely different. I love living in LA because you meet so many interesting people and there’s so much opportunity – I’ve made a lot of incredible connections but the lifestyle here is very different. I always feel at peace with myself anytime I come back to Australia.
GF: Social media is a huge part of your life. How do you deal with negativity on the internet?
It’s definitely something I’ve struggled with over the past couple of years, as we all do. Whether you’re in school or you’re in second grade or you’re the most famous person in the world, you’re going to get negativity because everybody has opinions and they’re always going to have something to say. I’m learning to block it out a little bit more but it definitely gets tough sometimes.
GF: What advice would you have for girls who feel pressured to look a certain way due to
what they see on social media?
There’s so much expectation and judgement now on social media and how girls are expected to look and what they’re expected to do. I just think it’s all false, it’s all fake, I think each individual girl needs to find what it is in themselves that they love because really there’s no other way.