Our world has transformed from dad jokes to vine compilations to full-blown memes. These internet jokes have become so ingrained in our culture it's hard to remember what it was like before the infamous meme. Those days of dinosaurs and nostalgia are long lost. This year, the memes we've held so close and dear became sensations outside of the meme realm. We have had the blessed privilege to witness strange internet personalities become rock stars all in the time span of twelve months.
"Cash Me Outside" Girl, aka Danielle Bregoli, aka Bhad Bhabie.
This 14 year old internet sensation went from literal rags to riches in a matter of months. After her appearance on Dr. Phil a year ago she coined the now famous phrase "cash me outside, how bout that?" line. This segment was turned into a meme and generated a huge amount of fame for this girl. As the year went on so did her career, she featured in Kodak Black's "Everything 1K" video before launching her own musical career. Her debut single "These Heaux" was ranked no.77 on the Billboard charts, making her the youngest woman to debut at that level. It's safe to say Bhad Bhabie is on a skyward trajectory and nothing is going to stop her. If someone can launch a multimillion dollar career by being a bit of brat, why not? I'm sure we've all wanted to become famous for throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket.
CupcakKe, aka Elizabeth Eden Harris.
This woman has made her way into our hearts for being raunchy and proud. She has collaborated with Charli XCX and Björk and has been featured by tons of press. She popped into our lives a few years back when her YouTube videos "Vagina" and "Deep-Throat" went viral. She would generally make music and post it on her YouTube channel along with her flamboyant personality, and then she became an instant sensation. This year she released her follow up album Queen Elizabeth
, and was featured on Charli XCX's single "Lipgloss" which is when the world really took notice of this brilliant underground talent. She has been raved as a "queen/icon/legend" due to her sexual confidence, and she is the woman this year needed.
Cardi B aka Belcalis Almanzar.
is our generation's Instagram success story. She worked her personality and "no filter attitude" to her advantage, gaining her millions of followers. Her confidence in discussing her experiences through stripping gained an almost cult following. She is continuing to break boundaries with her non-conformist style and ability to use social media as a launch pad. She also knocked pop icon Taylor Swift off the charts with her single "Bodak Yellow," becoming the first solo female rapper to top the charts. She is a literal inspiration and a woman who loves herself and is not afraid to show the world.
Although these guys didn't rise to fame through music they still deserve a mention.
"Hot Mug Shot Guy," aka Jeremy Meeks.
This guy entered our lives when his mug shot photo went viral back in 2015. This year he has become a modeling sensation. He made his runway debut during New York Fashion Week and he was then featured in Vogue, being described as the "buff bad boy," which he is indeed. Although not really made out of upholding societal standards, Meeks spawned an entire career out of a criminal charge and one hot and steamy mug shot. Despite his start, he has proven to be an inspiring model and good on him!
"CoverGirl Male Model," aka James Charles.
The story of how James became an internet sensation and now celebrity is as wild as it is cute. He originally had his YouTube channel set up as a makeup tutorial site where he would demonstrate makeup techniques and test different products, as every other makeup tutorial does. However, the fact that he identifies as male and is openly gay, made him a queer icon. He took the internet by storm through Instagram and then became the face of CoverGirl, being the first ever male to have this role. His stardom has sparked a bit of controversy this year as he tweeted some pretty racist comments about Ebola and Africa and was made to apologize, but his apology didn't seem very genuine. With his racist remarks placed aside, it is undeniable how he managed to climb from mere make-up tutor on YouTube into a successful model for one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world.