Jerome Jarre is famous for several reasons. He has over 15 million followers on social media platforms and, his Ugly Selfie Challenge is only one of the many reasons he has received bountiful admiration.
It was in 2015 that Jarre began the #UglySelfieChallenge, inviting people to quit trying to take perfect selfies, and post selfies making silly faces; everyone was meant to nominate three more people to do the same.
At the end of the day, more than 100,000 ugly faces photos were published. Let’s learn more about Jerome Jarre and how he became super-famous.
Jerome Jarre Bio
Jerome Jarre is a French entrepreneur, creator and humanitarian popular for being a Vine star, and Snapchat star. Born and raised in Albertville, France by his single mother, Jerome moved to China at the age of 19 after dropping out of Kedge Business School.
He stayed in China for one year and learned how to speak English and Chinese languages. He started several businesses in China, one of which became successful. With the money he made, Jarre relocated to Toronto in Canada where he co-founded a software company named ‘Atendy’ with Christopher Carmichael.
How Did He Become Famous on Snapchat and Vine?
While still in Toronto, he got news about the launch of Vine (a short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping video clips) and created an account on the platform.
Subsequently, he moved back to Paris, France and started making Vine while he was still managing his business. Eventually, he abandoned his business to focus completely on working as a vlogger on Vine. Records have it that Jerome Jarre was among the first few people to release a video on the day Vine launched in January 2013. Most of his vines feature him playing pranks on strangers.
His video ‘Don’t be afraid to love’, which was posted three months after the social media platform came into existence, is considered to be one of the most viral videos during the early days of Vine. This made him a Vine star overnight!
According to Jerome Jarre, his account grew from 20,000 followers to 1 million followers just one month after his viral video was featured on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on two occasions. But that was just the beginning! Ellen eventually invited him to cover the Red Carpet ceremony of the 86th Academy Awards, where he made multiple vines with Hollywood actors.
Following the remarkable success Jerome experienced on Vine, he decided to replicate it on Snapchat. He got an account with the image messaging and multimedia mobile application and started telling 2-minute stories. Most popular among his stories was the one he did about a carrot looking for its father. Sometime in July 2014, he made a Snapchat story with Snapchat’s CEO, Evan Spiegel. This happened after he tweeted that he was outside Snapchat’s office.
— JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) July 11, 2014
The tweet went viral and Snapchat had to invite him in. Prior to that, in November 2013, Jarre launched a project on Vine called Humans. The project was all about asking strangers the question “what is the most important message you would like to share with the world right now?”.
The videos of this project were posted under a separate Vine account, Humans.
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Later in 2014, Jarre was hired by Canal+ to cover Cannes Film Festival that year and at the Tribeca Film Festival same year, he served as one of the jurors of the 6-second film competition. Also in 2014, Jerome Jarre rejected a $1,000,000 offer from a top NYC advertising agency due to the fact that the product conflicted with his principles.
One of Jarre’s major controversies on the Vine community was stirred up in June 2014 when he posted a Vine in which he played a kiss prank on John Stamos and Stamos returned the kiss. The disgusted commenters accused him of being gay and threatened to unfollow him for it.
However, rather than appease his disgruntled followers, Jerome Jarre posted a follow-up Vine video the next day, claiming he’s not gay, then went ahead to kiss a fellow Vine star, Nicholas Megalis, on the mouth to show support for the LGBT community.
Having left a foot-print on Vine, Jerome Jarre decided to leave the social media platform in 2015.
As of June 2017, Jarre helped to raise money for the people of Somalia troubled by drought.
Jerome Jarre’s Salary and Earnings
Jerome Jarre has over 7 million Vine followers before he left the platform. If you are wondering how much he makes, he once divulged that he was paid $25,000 per one sponsored Vine video, 6 seconds in length.
That’s pretty amazing huh? Well, that’s not all. He also became a star on Snapchat for his story-telling videos. With an estimated net worth of $3 million, Jarre is one of the world’s most famous and richest social media stars.
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Full Name: Jerome Jarre
Profession: Vine and SnapChat Star, Entrepreneur
Date of Birth: June 12, 1990
Place of Birth: Albertville, France
Marital status: Single
Astrological sign: Gemini
Jerome Jarre Earnings: $3 million