“It’s my hometown, y’know? I ride or die for Ottawa! I really enjoy the suburbs of Ottawa. I like to factor that into my content. I feel like that’s very relatable and that’s why people like watching it. They see their own lives in my videos.”
Born in the Philippines, raised in Ottawa, Elle Mills is a voice of her generation. With over 1.8 million YouTube subscribers and 611k+ Instagram followers, Elle’s reach is far and wide. Her coming-of-age content connects powerfully with her audience and folks think of her as ‘the John Hughes of YouTube’. This Ottawan shares openly with her followers: her first kiss, her coming out story, and her mental health struggles. Elle’s ability to shift from genuine vulnerability one moment, to pranking her family the next makes her undeniably likeable. The suburbs of Ottawa are where Elle earned her first million subscribers and has been the secret ingredient behind what makes her content so relatable. She isn’t slowing down anytime soon, you’ll just have to wait and see what she comes up with next.
ELLE’S OTTAWA PICKS
Dopest neighbourhood: Barrhaven
Best bites: El Furniture Warehouse
Mightiest Mexican: Blue Cactus
Favourite vibe: ByWard Market