10 YouTube Channels for Girls (Completely Makeup- and Fashion-Free!)

Gaming tutorials, crafting tips, computer programming lessons, and more inspire girls to think, do, and follow their dreams. By Caroline Knorr
10 YouTube Channels for Girls (Completely Makeup- and Fashion-Free!)

If your daughter comes home from school, throws down her backpack, and hops on YouTube -- she's just like millions of other kids. Girls are flocking to the video-sharing site to watch, share, and comment on everything from toy reviews to cheerleading tips to music videos.

Until YouTube's app for kids catches on, the original YouTube is still a major destination. And age-inappropriate stuff is only one of the pitfalls. The glut of content about makeup, fashion, hair, and shopping just reinforces the idea that girls only care about -- or should care about -- physical appearance.

So, let's rewind that afterschool scenario. Your daughter comes home, throws down her backpack, and takes in some of the best girl-oriented videos on YouTube. What makes great viewing for girls? New ideas about what they can be, female role models who could give a hoot about how they look, and inspiration to replace the outdated stereotype-reinforcing messages that media is still sending.

Of course, girls don't have to stick to "girl" videos, and boys can certainly enjoy these, too. But if you're looking for high-quality content to enrich your daughter's viewing pleasure, these are terrific choices.  (Preview or watch videos along with your kid while you're familiarizing yourself with a channel.)

MyFroggyStuff. This doll-crafting site features a multicultural array of dolls, imaginative DIY tips, and product reviews with an emphasis on self-expression, creativity, and inexpensive materials. Best for: younger kids.


​Rosanna Pansino.  Known for her Nerdy Nummies (silly food concoctions like Angry Bird cupcakes), Rosanna Pansino offers lively video challenges, simple crafts, and baking ideas inspired by sci-fi, comic books, and other geeky interests. Best for: younger kids and tweens.

​Melonie Mac. With her bright pink headphones and straightforward delivery, Melonie Mac offers product reviews, Lego-building, gaming tutorials, and vlogs geared for techie girls. Best for: tweens and teens.


The Brain Scoop. Hosted by the knowledgeable and quirky Chief Curiosity Correspondent Emily Graslie, this Chicago Field Museum channel explores natural history, explains scientific concepts, and promotes STEM for girls. Best for: older kids and tweens.

​AwesomenessTV's Terry the Tomboy. Played by YouTuber Lia Marie Johnson (from Kids' React) Terry the Tomboy is a sitcom-type series on the tween-and-teen-targeted channel AwesomenessTV. Terry the Tomboy celebrates the joys of not being a girlie-girl. Best for: older kids and tweens.

Just Like That. This group of six YouTubers presents an eclectic range of topics from playing hide-and-seek in IKEA to sharing embarrassing moments to waxing philosophical about music. Their easy camaraderie, unpolished presentation, and unusual subject selection that explicitly forbids the discussion of beauty is a great model for female friendships, self-determination, and just-plain-wackiness. Best for: tweens and teens.

Smart Girls. The brainchild of actress Amy Poehler, Smart Girls affirms girls' value to society with insightful Q&As, around-the-world tours of girls' lives, and interviews with female celebrities. Best for: older tweens and teens.


Geek Gurl Diaries. With her motto, "Girls can be geeks, too!" the British host of this how-to channel teaches girls skills like soldering, computer programming, and game design.
Best for: older kids, tweens, and teens.

Chescaleigh. Comedian Franchesca's vlogs cover social commentary, humorous rants, song parodies, and other entertaining, thought-provoking fare. Best for: mature teens.


MTV Braless. Hosted by YouTuber and "sexpert" Laci Green, this MTV-backed series tackles weighty topics from politics and feminism to paparazzi and sexting. The discussions are sometimes bold and edgy, but the goal is to help viewers view media and culture more critically. Best for: mature teens.


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Kid, 11 years old

I don't like this article what so ever. You can be a strong role model and still wear makeup! There is so many strong makeup wearing female role models on youtube. One example is dodie, she talks about her insecurities about her face and embraces it, and even shares a great message that you can wear makeup or not, its your choice! One of her songs is 'Paint' where she says there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup if you want to do it for fun, to hide blemishes, but its fine to not want to do makeup either! She is feminine but still spreads awareness about mental health, and pursues her career in music. She is a strong, LGBTQ+, feminine female role model who I think is really cool! Liking makeup and being feminine is not bad, just like being masculine or androgynous isn't either!
Adult written by Monera

Why can't a girl like fashion and not be a shallow clique? I mean, moms out there, are YOU shallow just because you may like fashion yourself? This attitude that kid's minds are so shallow that if they like one thing, they can't like another is irritating to read as many kids I know are not in the least bit that way. The best thing is to make them into well-rounded people with many sides to their personality. I was a straight A student with numerous academic awards and a passion for science and history, and I liked fashion! Believe it or not, the two aren't mutually exclusive! Don't have such knee jerk reactions to "girly" things. Plus, it is a little insulting in the implication that anything feminine means disempowerment and weakness.
Adult written by gingerl

Please check out my channel and blogs, maybe you can add them to your list :) https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerlola2011
Adult written by RandallBC

A great YouTube Channel for teens and tweens is The Young Actors Project. Lots of relevant movies - some award-winning - and totally clean. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/user/randallbc Or just search "Young Actors Project" on YouTube. Check it out. They have thousands of subscribers, mostly teen girls.
Teen, 17 years old written by moviefan7

I'm adding on to my last comment. There's nothing wrong with being into fashion and makeup. Why is the title "Completely fashion and makeup free"? Some girls are into that and parents shouldn't be directing their kids away from what makes them happy as long as it isn't dangerous.
Teen, 17 years old written by moviefan7

It frustrated me how none of these were for girly-girls like me. None of these had any channels involving hair, makeup, and clothes. This isn't right at all.
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old written by caandrewca

Caroline - Do you have a link to the youtube channels for boys? The original e-mail said 20 channels for boys and girls and I am only being directed to this blog for the girls. Thanks, Sandy - mom of two boys.
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old written by caandrewca

Caroline - Do you have a link to the youtube channels for boys? The original e-mail said 20 channels for boys and girls and I am only being directed to this blog for the girls. Thanks, Sandy - mom of two boys.


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