Jessica Kellgren-Fozard: YouTube sweetheart
The content creator and TV presenter on self-belief, finding true love and dating with disabilities
With her floaty petticoats, sculpted scarlet mane and dulcet tones, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard seems like she’s stepped straight from the pages of a fairytale. But this vintage-loving woman has a thoroughly modern career. Jessica makes videos about everything from retro style to living with disabilities and #FemmeProblems for her YouTube channel, which boasts over quarter of a million subscribers. When I meet her in a cafe in central London, accompanied by her PA/carer Clara, she’s just as charming, erudite and witty as she seems online.
DIVA: You’re basically a real life Disney princess. What were you like as a little girl?
JESSICA KELLGREN-FOZARD: I grew up in this very liberal bubble where my parents were very open to whatever. When I was four I fell in love with Rogue from the animated X-Men. I told my parents, “I’m going to marry her.” My parents said, “She’s animated. Good luck.”
But they were fine with her being a woman?
Yep, never any issue there. As a teenager, I ended up fancying most of my friends. My type was straight tomboys.
Oh dear. You at least need to go for the lesbian and bisexual tomboys!
I know. At the same time, physically I wasn’t doing so well. I was always injuring myself and constantly ill.
You can read the rest of this interview with Jessica in the September issue of DIVA, available to buy in print or digitally here.
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