If you've ever spent some times perusing the wide, wide world of beauty and fashion YouTube channels, chances are you've gone through the seven stages of vlog-watching. It starts at lols, then moves into shock, confusion ("do they actually get paid for this?), disgust, denial ("I can't believe someone does this for a living"), fascination, then, finally, admiration. Despite how vapid beauty and fashion vlogs appear, it's not an easy job that just anybody can do. It takes a certain type of personality, chutzpah and contour game to pull it off and actually make a living out of it.
Well, this week, proving that he is indeed The Cool Pope, Pope Francis has himself given the vloggers holy validation after meeting with twelve star YouTubers to talk all things
strobing youth. Meeting with the young video stars, the pontiff sung their praises. "I am glad that you carry out the type of work you said, following the line of beauty, it's a great thing. To preach beauty and show beauty helps neutralise aggression."
Reportedly meeting with them for 50-minutes, he allegedly addressed topics like extremism, identity, youth and, according to The Guardian, skilfully dodged a question about Diego Maradona's 1986 World Cup win, and whether or not the "hand of God" played a part.
Pope F did have some final advice for the young video makers, urging them to be aware of their followers who may be "lost". "You can create a virtual identity," he said. "You belong to this circle at least virtually. From that you can start taking a path of optimism and hope." Finger's crossed the group inspired His Holiness to start a Vatican vlog. Who wouldn't subscibe to a channel of holy wine haul clips, how-tos on getting your clothes that divine shade of white or life advice from someone actually in a position to hand it out.