People who gained fame through Social Media

Being famous seems to be something most of us want to be at some point in our lives and in this day and age social media has opened a world of opportunities do so.

There are many people who have found fame through social media and across multiple platforms.

The following list is compiled of people who have found fame through social media:



PewDiePie at PAX 2015 – Source: Wikipedia

PewDiePie or Felix Kjellberg, with his fan army of ‘Bros’ is the highest paid YouTuber with over 47 million subscribers.  His videos feature him giving eccentric commentary and reaction to various video games. It is estimated that  PewDiePie has earned $124 million since 2010.  

His most viewed video  on YouTube currently totals at 74,188, 831 views.

5 Seconds Of Summer (5sos)


5sos at the AMA’s: left to right: Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin – Source: Wikimedia Commons

5sos is an Australian Band that also found fame through YouTube.
The band was originally posting covers on YouTube and then their own originals.
The band was discovered by Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, and was invited onto One Direction’s arena tour in 2013. 

This began their international career as a pop rock band. 


Brittany Furlan 


Brittany Furlan – Source: Wikipedia 

Brittany is a comedic Vine star with over 9.9 million followers. After struggling to break out into traditional media she is now a full time Viner. Her current net worth is estimated to be $2 million. 

Brittany has now appeared in several movies and short films such as Facebook Is Not Your Friend (2014), How to Have Sex on a Plane (2015) and We Are Your Friend (2015). 

Murad Osmann 

Osmann image

Source: Murad Osmann Instagram


Osmann is a photographer who found fame through Instagram with his ‘Follow Me To’ project. Osmann has gained 5 million Instagram followers alone through his first person point of view photography of him and his wife, Nataly, as they travel around the world. The #followmeto trend was sparked by Osmann’s new take on photography. 







waverider image

Liam impersonating Adele – Source: Instagram

Waverider, or Liam Miscellaneous, is another Instagramer who rose to fame. This New Zealand man has made a name for himself posting pictures impersonating celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Liam has also spoken up about battling depression while gaining online fame. 



Superwoman, or Lily Singh, is another example of someone achieving fame through YouTube. Based in Toronto Lily is a comic vlogger who posts videos depicting hilariously relatable situations or sometimes impersonating her Indian parents. In 2015 she was the 8th highest paid YouTuber. 

Brandon Stanton


Humans of New York, realeased 2013 – Source:

This photographer turned blogger is known as the creator of the blog ‘Humans of New York. He created his blog with the initial goal of photographing 10 thousand people on the streets of New York City and create a thorough catalogue of it’s inhabitants. The ‘Humans of  New York’ project has spread over other platforms with more than 5.8 million followers on Instagram and more than 17.8 million likes of Facebook.




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