Kiwi YouTube superstars up for Shorty Awards

Ricardo Simich,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Saturday, 4 February 2017, 4:09PM
Shannon Harris and Parris Goebel.
Shannon Harris and Parris Goebel.

Dance superstar Parris Goebel, and top NZ beauty vlogger megastar Shannon Harris (aka Shaaanxo), may have just finished filming Super Rugby’s new #Superboomboom video campaign together, but the pair, who hit it off on the set, has something else in common: both are nominated for Shorty Awards.

The Awards honour the top influencers, brands and organisations on social media channels. Notable past winners include Michelle Obama, Casey Neistat, Malala Yousafzai, Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Swift, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lorde.

Harris, 23, who has more than eight million followers across her social media accounts, is still a grounded Palmerston North girl.

“It is such a huge honour to be nominated for a Shorty Award. Especially because I feel that my YouTube channel is so different to the other nominees, who are amazing people with super-interesting lives. My channel seems quite down-to-earth and small by comparison. But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Harris told Spy.

“Remaining authentic is really important and that’s something I’ve held on to even as my profile has grown. When it comes down to it, I really love making content for all of my viewers but I also know how important it is to make time for myself and those around me — my friends and my family. At the end of the day, that’s what keeps you grounded and normal. Being yourself takes no effort, and people will 100 per cent appreciate it,” she added.

Harris’ work has attracted more than 300 million views. As for Queen Parris, 25, her views are at more than two billion.

Winners of the Shorty Awards are chosen through a combination of votes from the public and scores given by the Real Time Academy. The ninth annual awards will be held in April in New York City.

The newly brunette Goebel has been enjoying the huge success of the video she choreographed for girl band Little Mix and was chuffed when the headline “Parris Goebel’s the woman changing the world of Hip Hop” appeared on the BBC. This week she was back in LA, and tweeted: “This girl officially lives in Los Angeles.”

Harris is also about to hit the global circuit. She will travel to Malaysia in April as a guest of the Influence Asia Awards.

She’s also travelling to LA for a meet-and-greet as part of ULTA Beauty stocking her make-up palette in their stores.

We hope to see them collecting Shorty Awards in New York.