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  • So Zoe, lovely to meet you. Now, you've been filming Lil Lets' 'Becoming a Teen Campaign'

  • today. Everyone, well a lot of people, call you the perfect role model. Are there a lot

  • of pressures with that?

  • Definitely. It's not something I set out to do originally, but it's a nice type of pressure.

  • It's not something that I wake up everyday, and I'm like oh no what am I going to do?

  • It's a nice thing.

  • You've done a lot of videos, especially around body confidence as well. One of them was like

  • being called skinny. What kind of response did you get to that?

  • Mostly just people who were so reassured that they weren't the only person that was going

  • through the same thing, and there was also a lot of people on the other side of the spectrum

  • that was like I never would have thought of that before you mentioned it. Yeah, I think

  • a lot of people are very quick to comment on people's size and body weight, when really

  • that's something that should probably be avoided.

  • You've made it no secret that you kind of suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, things

  • like that. What kind of advice do you give out to people to combat that kind of thing?

  • I always say, it's obviously not very nice. Talk about it first. If nobody knows what

  • you're going through, it makes it a lot harder for you. So tell your close friends, family.

  • Let them know how you feel when you feel panicky, what they can do to help, but also I think

  • try really hard to push yourself to do things because you start to feel a lot more confident

  • once you've conquered something that you never thought you would do. You go on to do more,

  • and panic attacks don't kill you, so never let it beat you.

  • How have you been coping because you're at what? Four million subscribers now on YouTube

  • and over a million followers on Twitter. All this pressure, how do you kind of cope with that?

  • Sometimes it does make me go wow okay. That's a lot, and it's not something that I'm used

  • to, and it can make me feel quite anxious. But also I think I just enjoy it so much that

  • it's not really something that I have to think about too much in a negative way. So, I don't know.

  • It's fun. It's too fun to worry.

  • And there's a lot of you who are doing these kind of vlogs now. I think you're called the

  • Brit Crew. Is that right?

  • Something like that, yeah.

  • Is there a lot of competition between you guys about who is going to get the most views,

  • who is the most popular?

  • If anything, I would say it's completely the opposite. Like there's no competition at all.

  • We're all friends. We all film with each other and help promote each other. If someone's

  • got something coming out or a launch, we're all backing them. I think it's more of just

  • like friends, like holding hands and going together really, which is nice.

  • Now, I know that you have met One Direction. Obviously, a massive following with teenagers

  • especially. What was that like for you?

  • On the day, I think I stayed quite calm, but afterwards when I realised what I'd just done,

  • I did have a little bit of a freak out moment. I was like how did I just do that? But they

  • were really nice guys, and it was really fun.

  • Do you think they're good role models?

  • Yeah, I think they are. There's a lot of people that look up to them and the things they do,

  • and I think they've probably helped a lot of people.

  • Next for you. Obviously, you're making it in the online world as such. Would TV be something

  • that you would look to move into?

  • I don't know. I think that online is where it's all happening right now, but

  • I don't know. Just rolling with it.

  • So where can you see your channel kind of going now?

  • Um... I always get asked this question, and I never really have an answer because... As

  • it started as a hobby, and it progressed to this point, I don't really know where it's

  • going progress to. It's all still so new and exciting and things literally pop up, like

  • within seconds, and you never know what's going to happen. So I just hope it continues

  • to be as exciting and fun, and yeah, just keep growing.

  • What would you say your top five tips say for being more confident and self assured?

  • I would say to not care too much about negativity that anyone could be giving you. If you let

  • things like that get to you, then you know, it's never going to get you anywhere. Just

  • be happy. Have fun. Nobody's perfect. Everyone's different, but that's the great thing about

  • it. Nobody's the same, and what else? Smile more.

  • That's a good one. That's good one.

  • How do you deal obviously? There are a lot of people who do look up to you. How do you deal with

  • negativity though? Because obviously going through life, especially being a teenager,

  • you do have to deal with people not being so nice to you. So how do you deal with negative

  • side of things?

  • At first, it used to affect me more than it does now. I think when you hear so much. Obviously,

  • I get it through comments and things sometimes, but you just have to grow a bit of a thick

  • skin about it, and you just have to remember that those are not the people that you want

  • to be focusing your attention on. It's the people that love what you're doing that appreciate

  • everything that you do and the people that you could help support that deserve the attention.

  • So I think it's just a matter of having to brush it off, and be like nope, not bothering.

  • Now obviously, so many people look up to you as a role model. Who would you say is your

  • role model?

  • This is a difficult one, which I also get asked quite a lot. I don't ever really particularly

  • have one role model. I always just think it's nice to have people around me that are happy

  • and positive and just really supportive and they're normally my role models.

  • Good answer. Well, thank you very much Zoe, and good luck as well.

So Zoe, lovely to meet you. Now, you've been filming Lil Lets' 'Becoming a Teen Campaign'

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