Alli Simp­son

Girlfriend - - STAN GIRL -

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.

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