The 29-year-old musician is the highest-earning woman on YouTube and opened up to the glossy about that, and more. Check it:
On how she started out: “I was very unfamiliar with YouTube; I thought it was the place for dog and cat videos. Then [videographer] Devin Graham opened me up to this world, and I just knew it was what I was going to do. It was like, ‘I don’t have to wait for someone else to invest in me. I can invest in myself.’ And Devin taught me that people don’t just get viral videos; there is a strategy. One of the tools was doing things that are searchable, like cover songs. Because ‘Lindsey Stirling violin’ was not.”
On her eating disorder: “I want people to have hope. I was 23 the first time I went to a support group. As I listened to the other girls talk, suddenly I didn’t feel like a freak. You’re told that it’s an incurable disease, but I want people to see that I was deep in it—and that now I am out of it.”
On Piers Morgan criticizing her music: “I feel like I owe a lot to Piers Morgan! He gave me a reason to fight. After I had a good cry and pulled myself up by my bootstraps, that hurt and embarrassment turned into extreme motivation—’I’m gonna prove them wrong!’”
For more on Lindsey Stirling, visit Glamour.com.