“I’m Jewish and I’m an atheist” – just one of many contradictions that characterise the next MeetingLife Journal participant, 20-year-old YouTube extraordinaire and student Hannah Witton, known to the world wide web as ‘HannahGirasol’.
With the face and voice of an angel, Emma Watson lookalike Hannah is not the first person you would expect to burp on camera and present savvy sex education lessons. If you are a sensitive soul who is easily offended then her YouTube channel is not for you. Words such as “tit wank”, “dick shit” and “vaginal orgasm” are not an uncommon feature of her videoclips.
“I’m crude, rude, I love dirty jokes, I’m always adding disgusting comments into conversations and I like taking my clothes off. In fact I think the most honest I’ve been with you guys was when I was high on caffeine,” admits Hannah in her latest video ‘Confession: The real Hannah’, in which she attempts to give viewers an insight into the real her.
And there is no doubt about it: bitchiness sells. Viewer comments include: “I totally love bitches like you!”, “We are like the same person!” and “Marry me!”
Delivered with candour, spontaneity and a great sense of fun, Hannah’s clips are both endearing and provoking. Topics vary from the benefits of being tall vs small, the dilemma of “coming out” as a veteran YouTube video-maker to university friends, cooking demonstrations, the effects of caffeine overdose, musings on student stereotypes and an alternative tour of Paris.
Hannah’s alternative guide to Paris – including a tour of the infamous “sex bushes” by the Louvre, the bench where she broke up with her long-term boyfriend and animal carcasses hanging in a butcher’s shop – is presented with a no-nonsense attitude that is both refreshing and hilarious.
Although most of her videos are focussed on trivial topics, Hannah’s YouTube persona also has a more serious side. As part of her bid to be as honest about herself as possible with her viewers, she openly admits to being a sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis, a painful disease affecting the bowel, since the age of seven. “I’m not going to go into details,” she says candidly, “All I’ll tell you is that it’s not sexy!”
As well as her YouTube channel, Hannah is an editor and writer of We Play Fair, a blog run by students which aims to promote living in a way that is good for the world, its people, its animals and environment. She also uses her YouTube channel to support the charity ‘Children in Crisis’, based in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, which funds and promotes children’s education – in particular the education of girls – in the Eastern part of the country.
ML. The trip of your dreams.
H. I love travelling and I’ve been to a lot of countries already- America, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and different places in Europe. However, there are still so many countries that I want to see and I’ve never been travelling for more than a month. It would be amazing to be able to go travelling around the world for months and months – maybe even a year! Australia, New Zealand, India, China and Russia are just some of the places that I would love to visit.
ML. Is there something that you’ve never done that you would like to try for the first time?
H. This is such a difficult question. There are so many little things that I want to do such as travel more, read more books, watch more films etc… A lot of new experiences often come from travelling and just growing up. I want to swim with dolphins, I want to live in London, I want to sketch and I want to sing and perform. But most of all I want to learn.
ML. What do you think you’d be able to share and teach?
H. I think I’m a good traveller. When I go to new places I love meeting new people so I have many friends all around the world. I’ve backpacked around Europe and when I was travelling around Brazil I stayed with friends for the whole month (which makes travelling cheaper too!) I’d love to share my travelling tips and tricks but I also know that I still have a lot to learn and I’m very open to new ways and ideas.
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