You Tube Star From Pennsylvania Is Featured in Ariana’s New Video
According to Variety, Ariana Grande's new music video for her single, "thank u, next" broke YouTube's all-time record for most views in the first 24 hours of release. As of Sunday, the video had been viewed over 81 million times.
The video, which pays tribute to the movies "Mean Girls," "Bring It On," 30 Going On 30," and "Legally Blonde," features notable cameos, including an appearance by a You Tube star from Pennsylvania named Gabi DeMartino.
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Gabi, who has a striking resemblance to Ariana, is best known for a fashion and beauty vlog she hosts on YouTube with her twin sister, Niki. In 2014, LehighValleyLive.com did a feature on the then 19 year old Bethlehem residents when they had about 600,000 subscribers. Now, that number has risen to over 7 million.
According to Newsweek, Gabi has "been accused of trying to copy Grande's look and aesthetic." She responded to attacks on social media by saying "I love Ariana and I am a fan, but I also play a role. please respect and if you are not a supporter of that please unfollow."
In addition to the followers she has with her sister on YouTube, her personal Instagram account is followed by 2.9 million people (and that is sure to rise now due to all of the attention she is getting).
To watch the video for "thank u, next," click here.