The 13 celebs of Dancing With the Stars Season 19 were just revealed, and some names may be more familiar to you than others. Bethany Mota, 18, is a superstar in the social media world, but if you’re not a YouTuber, you may be seeing her for the first time. Here are five things to know about Derek Hough’s fall 2014 partner.
1. She has millions of followers
Bethany launched her YouTube channel, Macbarbie07, in June 2009, when she was just 14. In the past five years, she’s earned more than 7 million YouTube subscribers and her videos have been viewed more than 500 million times. According to Yahoo, her YouTube channel is estimated to be generating $40,000 per month. She has more 3.7 million Instagram followers and almost 2 million followers on Twitter, @BethanyMota, where her bio reads, "Hey, I'm Beth! 18. Traveling is my favorite. I make videos for the YouTube. Designer. My viewers are my besties and I love them 5ever :) k bye." She also just won the 2014 Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Female. Now, her ABC bio shares, Bethany regularly travels across the country and the globe to mentor and help build other social networks. She’s a mini mogul!
2. She’s a fashion star
Bethany’s videos are often about fashion and beauty, with tips like this one called "Back To School: 5 Quick Hairstyle Ideas! ♥ NO HEAT," It was published on August 17 and has more than 3,337,216 views. All of those views are paying off: Late last year, Bethany designed and launched her first ever collection for Aeropostale. As her ABC bio shares, “Targeted at teens between 14 and 17 years old, the line can be found in over 900 stores around the country and includes apparel, accessories and jewelry. She most recently launched her new scent Bethany Mota fragrance.” Yep, she has a fragrance! It was also trending on Twitter just a couple of weeks ago when she was guest judging Project Runway.
3. Cyberbullying led her to YouTube
As Bethany explained to Yahoo, she was home schooled as a child, then entered public school in the sixth grade as a shy, quiet girl. When she was later cyber-bullied by someone who had been a close friend, it led her to feel stressed and down about herself. She went back to home-schooling and ultimately decided to express her opinions and creativity online, using YouTube as an outlet. It ended up being a good choice!
4. She took a few dance classes
Over at Bethany-Mota.com, you can learn fun facts about the star, including that she's 5'4" tall, loves the color pink, and has an older sister named Brittany. (Brittany has a daughter named Marin, who is Bethany’s cute little niece.) Also on the site, Bethany’s bio shares that she started doing cheerleading in middle school to make friends, and later took some dance, singing, and acting classes. When she was bullied in eighth grade, it gave her anxiety and she quit her lessons. At least now she gets to dance again!
5. She and Derek may be the couple to beat
Bethany may be the first YouTube star on DWTS, ushering the show into Internet age, but don’t go thinking that makes her an underdog. Far from it. Anyone who dances with five-time pro champion Derek Hough has a great chance of winning DWTS. He has either won or been the runner-up of every season since Season 15. The fact that Bethany is young, cute, fit and has such a strong fan base — especially online — gives them a big advantage in terms of both dance potential (scores) and audience support (votes).
Are you rooting for Bethany to win the Season 19 Mirror Ball trophy?