Who is StephaWnie Soo?
Stephanie Soo was born on 27 November 1995, in South Korea, and is a YouTube personality, best known for her self-titled channel On which she posts various Mukbang videos. Mukbangs are a niche of YouTube that was popularized by South Korean, which often involves the streamer or content creator consuming food while talking to their audience.
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The Net Worth of Stephanie Soo
As of mid-2020, Stephanie Soo’s net worth is estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned through a successful career online. Her videos are very popular, and she’s gained significant advertising revenue from them. She also has numerous other opportunities thanks to her online fame.
Early Life and Online Beginnings
While Stephanie was born in South Korea, her family later moved to the US. Details of why they moved are unknown, but she grew up mostly accustomed to US culture while her family still instilled in her many of their country’s values. Due to this, she remained connected with South Korean culture, especially when it came to food. Growing up, she loved food and she was the type to eat a lot as she enjoyed trying out various cuisines.
Before finding fame online, she hadn’t considered a career on YouTube, but the opportunity eventually became more interesting to her, because YouTube has become a platform that has helped many people find fame as well as riches.
This is due to Google paying content creators money depending on how much engagement and interactions their videos attract. Many celebrities on YouTube rose to riches as they have become online celebrities, with their videos gaining millions of views regularly. She initially thought of starting a video blog (vlog), but when she created her channel, the mukbang phenomenon was beginning.
The term meokbang is a combination of the words meongneun and bangsong which means eating broadcast respectively. The fad originated through the streaming platform AfreecaTV in 2009, when various South Korean streamers began engaging with their audiences while eating food.
This practice eventually became popular through other streaming platforms as well, mostly with people enjoying seeing other people enjoy food along with the interaction it brings. Other people came for the fascination of what food other people were trying, their reactions, and their personalities.
This fad eventually made its way to YouTube, where some streamed while others made pre-recorded videos. While the latter had very little in terms of inactivity, YouTubers would often make it work due to the amount of interaction and content they created in them. They often tell stories or have other people with them to help provide entertainment for the viewers.
Soo started making such videos in 2017, and while she was initially shy, she still wanted to try making mukbang videos. She got a lot of people’s attention, and while she didn’t have the same openness that she has now, many viewers enjoyed her personality, while others found her attractive.
Rise to Fame
Stephanie built a loyal consistent following thanks to regular uploads and interactions with her fans. She read comments, responded to them, and even heeded the suggestions or advice of her viewers. Her popularity surged even further when she was mentioned by another popular mukbang YouTuber, Veronica Wang. This led to a friendship between the two, and they began collaborating regularly on videos.
This, in turn, opened the door to more YouTubers, and people enjoyed her interacting with other popular names.
Most of the time though, she just does it by herself, or prefers to have close friends over, who are not camera-shy. The camera was often done by her romantic partner, who is very shy and even though he also enjoys the food, he preferred to be an off-camera presence. As her popularity grew, she felt that her main channel would be focused on mukbang, so she started another channel which is a more dedicated video blog (vlog) channel.
She posts videos there that aren’t often seen on her main channel, including updates on her life and some of the activities she does when not eating food in front of the camera.
An Issue with Nikocado Avocado
Over the years, as Soo’s circle of friends grew she started collaborating with more popular YouTubers, as well as with Wang regularly, but eventually, their personalities clashed and she became more uncomfortable with working with her. After agreeing to do a collaborative video, she decided to back out as she was no longer interested in working with Wang. This drew the ire of several of Wang’s friends who were also YouTube personalities. One in particular, Nikocado Avocado, became confrontational, asking why she would back out on an agreed plan.
She defended herself and her actions, though Nikocado began took things too far, posting a video accusing Soo of being unprofessional, and trying to show that she had a bad personality. She then responded with a video of her own, showing that he had begun posting videos that were falsely presented, as she aired the actual conversations, which demonstrated that he was trying to manipulate viewers into thinking negatively about her. Threats and verbal attacks started coming her way from Nikocado, and this led her to a breakdown. She made another video showcasing how much she’d been pressured and attacked, leading her to gain a lot of supporters. She then moved away from the issue, and continues to create mukbang videos with people close to her.
Stephanie has been in a relationship for a long time, though she has neglected to mention any details about her partner due to his desire to remain private. She refers to him as MisterMangoButt, the partner to her other online nickname MissMangoButt, the name of her vlogging channel. In 2019, she announced that they were engaged and people became interested in finding out more information about him. Some discovered that he is Rui Quan, a watch sales executive working for the brand, Harry Winston. He was also noted to be an attractive man. A lot of people also question how the couple managed to remain slim despite eating a lot of food in their YouTube videos.