Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger and YouTuber with over 20 million total views across her platforms.
She is one of the UK’s most successful Internet sensations and has built a global audience with her unique flare and girl power attitude. She was voted best YouTuber for Cosmopolitan magazine and was awarded Most Inspiring Role Model for InStyle magazine’s Project 13.
In 2014, Grace Victory officially launched graciefrancesca.com, covering beauty, fashion and mental health issues. Her linked social media accounts have an impressive following of over 250,000 on Instagram, 105,000 on Twitter and 222,000 on YouTube.
In 2020, Grace Victory was put into an induced coma just one day after giving birth after contracting COVID-19, where she stayed for the next 3 months, before having intensive physiotherapy and meeting her 10-week old son for the very first time.
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Grace Victory is an inspiration to thousands of young people around the world and has been hailed as the “most inspiring person on the net” and the “Internet’s big sister”. She was one of the first mainstream fashion and beauty bloggers to also cover mental and physical health issues.
2016 saw Grace debut her hit documentary Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets for the BBC. The aim of the programme was to challenge the claims many health gurus swear by and was one of the most-watched shows on BBC Three Online, with over 1.5 million views. In 2016, her second documentary for the BBC was released; The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of the Puppy Trade was a hard-hitting look at the designer dog industry.
She has worked with a number of high-profile beauty and fashion clients including Clinique, L’Oréal, Nike – modelling their first plus-size apparel campaign – ASOS, Rimmel, New Look, and has also presented at London Fashion Week.
Grace has not always been this positive; as a child, she witnessed domestic violence and drug abuse at home and went on to cut ties with her father. Then at age 16 she was raped and she attempted suicide twice. She also suffered at the hands of bullying as a teenager and dealt with very public issues including anxiety and body image. She shares her story on problems most young people will face, as well as topics that are perceived taboo such as depression.
In 2017, Grace took part in a TEDx talk entitled ‘My Home Is This’, in which she explores her journey with her body through racism, eating disorders and mental health difficulties. The video has hit more than 24,000 views.
She is now a dedicated body image campaigner and curvy model in her own right. She also regularly attends inspirational meetings with young women to give advice, guidance and a chance to share each other’s stories.
In 2017, Grace published her first book, No Filter, which featured stories from her life including hard-hitting topics like domestic abuse and mental health. She followed this up in 2021 with How to Calm It, a book about mindfulness and how to implement it into our everyday lives.
In 2020, Grace and her family went through a very frightening time. In August, she posted a pregnancy announcement to her social media channels. In early December, she developed mild symptoms of COVID-19, but on Christmas Eve, her son was born two months premature due to complications from the virus, and the following day, Grace was put in an induced coma, where she stayed until March 2021. Whilst in the coma, Grace was given just a 5% chance of survival and suffered multiple organ failures and cardiac arrest when the doctors first tried to wake her up. Doctors have said she actually died for five minutes and it was a miracle that she survived with no brain damage.
After returning home, Grace became an advocate for what she calls “Covid coma mummy survivors”, setting up a closed Facebook group in which women can share their experiences. She says it’s a space to speak about “memory, fatigue, the guilt around not being there for your child [and] not being able to breastfeed.”
Grace has appeared on a number of podcasts, including Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People, The Calmer You podcast, where she discussed trauma, healing and high-functioning anxiety, Happiful magazine’s I am, I Have and the Good Influence podcast where she talks about self-care.
She has featured in and contributed to the BBC, The Metro, Cosmopolitan, The Independent, iHeartRadio, Fader Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Elle Magazine, SHOUT Mag, Grazia Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Sun, Allure Magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour UK, Seventeen Magazine, Paper Magazine, Hello Magazine, Look Magazine, ELLE UK, The Evening Standard, K9 Magazine, Heat Magazine, Black Hair Magazine and Red Magazine.
Amongst all of the difficult after effects of childbirth, a positive has come; in 2022, Grace announced she was expecting her second child, due October 2022.
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Grace has spoken at the 2022 WOW-Women of the World event where she shared the development of her career as well as her experience with motherhood, and has worked alongside the Mind charity on a number of their campaigns as an ambassador.