Roses in bloom
Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton tell Carrie Lyell why fame will never change them.
L + R
The last time we met internet stars Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton was on our first cover shoot with the gorgeous pair, at a bar in central London. That was two years ago now (time flies), but I remember the sticky floors and waft of stale booze as if it were yesterday.
Though we had met several times before, they were both rather shy that day, which took me by surprise given how bold and extrovert they are on YouTube; not used to being in front of a camera that wasn't theirs, perhaps? But despite that, they owned the room, and all of us there that day knew these talented young women were destined for big things.
Today, at a warehouse in north London, that shyness is nowhere to be seen as the pair spring up the long flight of stairs, full of excitement, smiles and enthusiasm about the day's shoot. While they chat eagerly with the stylist about the clothes we've picked out, I'm immediately struck by their boundless energy, and just how different they seem. Yes, they're the same loveable couple I met all those years before, but something has changed. They walk taller, almost.
It's no wonder really. Those two years have been a whirlwind, and the big things I mentioned have been bigger than even they could have dreamed. As Rose, 28, reels off their highlights - from interviewing Hollywood A-listers Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy and the cast of Orange Is The New Black, to meeting fans across the world - I wonder, is there one thing that has topped it all?
"We've connected with our audience even more than ever before... " Rose says, gazing lovingly at Rosie, 26, who carries on that thought without missing a beat. "We've always been really engaged with our audience, but now I feel like we're even more part of the community, and even more involved. We've come on a journey with them, and it's brought us closer together."
Is that because they've had more opportunities to engage with their fans face to face? Yes, says Rose, but there's another reason for it, too. LGBT people on social media, they believe, are looking out for each other more. "Since Orlando, I think the community - especially online - has become less cannibalistic." Rosie nods, adding: "That was a huge thing in bringing us closer to our audience."
Read more in the December 2016 issue of DIVA, on sale here.