Annie LeBlanc’s New YouTube Red Series Is the Inspiration We Wished for As Teens
On September 6, YouTube Red rolled out the latest in its original series We Are Savvy. Like Hyperlinked, which premiered on the streaming site earlier this year, We Are Savvy takes a girl power-y, encouraging, and totally creative approach to tween media, focusing on good, clean fun like baking, DIY projects, funny pet videos, and more. Basically, it’s all of our (pre-)teenage dreams brought to life on screen, and we’re wishing hard that we’d had access to it back in our own days of braces and yearbooks. Kids, trust us — you’ll appreciate this one.
We Are Savvy features four besties who are totally obsessed with the internet and decide to get positive about online girl culture by sharing how-tos for tasty snacks, cool crafty projects, and wayyyy more. They meet everyday girls pursuing unique and empowering hobbies (car racing and roller derby, anyone?) and learn more about art, dance, and music. The on-screen BFFs also interview their fare share of celebs, including Nashville stars Lennon and Maisy, supermodel Coco Rocha, singer Alessia Cara, and actress Luna Blaise, best known for her work on Fresh Off the Boat.
One of We Are Savvy’s hosts is herself a budding social media celebrity. At 12, Annie LeBlanc has already racked up nearly four million Instagram followers and more than 4.8 million subscribers to her Bratayley YouTube channel. You go, girl. You’re the 21st-century woman we all want to be.
“It’s original, creative, and unique. I knew it would be a great experience,” LeBlanc says of her first impression of We Are Savvy. “It’s a good reminder that girls can do anything they put their minds to.”
In our social media crazed culture, shows like this are an important representation of the positive power of our digital connections. By using their online influence for good — after all, what could be better than making cake batter milkshakes, sky-high apple pie sticks, easy-peasy extra-cheesy quesadillas, jean pocket organizers, and flower crowns? — the We Are Savvy girls prove to their own generation that being active on the web doesn’t have to lead to bullying and bad vibes.
“Technology is a main part of our world,” LeBlanc says. “Embrace it! [Our show’s approach to technology is different because] it’s by girls, for girls.”
Catch LeBlanc and her gal pals now streaming on YouTube Red. And spoiler alert: She says the DIY stress ball project is the very, very best.
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(Feature photo via YouTube)