Get to Know Anna Akana


HERITAGE: Japanese, Hawaiian, a bunch of Caucasian
AGE: 25
BORN & RAISED: Born in California, raised all over the world (military brat)
CLAIM TO FAME: Actress and filmmaker Anna Akana creates vlogs and short films on her popular YouTube channel, where she has over 1 million subscribers and 90 million views. While she discusses everything from mental illness and sexual harassment to hypnotherapy and her four cats, in her most popular video, “How To Put on Your Face,” (see below) she flips expectations by doing a makeup tutorial while giving tips on inner beauty. Akana will next direct and act in a female-driven comedy feature film that combines wedding photographers, love and sabotage.

My go-to karaoke song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.
Last time I cried: In acting class, doing a dramatic scene.
What always makes me laugh: Kitten videos.
My go-to comfort food: Chicken tikka masala.
Last thing I ate: Chicken tikka masala.
Currently on “repeat”: “Nobody to Love” by Alex Newell.
A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Getting my nails done.
Current favorite place: Magic Castle!
Favorite drink: Strawberry mule.
Current obsessions: My new passion planner, buying sweaters for my cat, Congress.
Pet peeve: People who don’t say thank you.
Habit I need to break: Obsessing over all details and failing to focus.
Talent I’d like to have: Be more outgoing.
Word or phrase I most overuse: “You know?”
My most treasured possession: My passion planner and “Think.” notebook.
Greatest fear: That I’ll lose sight of what’s important.
Favorite childhood pastime: Playing with my siblings.
Motto: It changes often, but as of now it’s “forget yourself.”
What’s cool about being Asian: Everyone assumes I’m much smarter than I am.
My job in another life: Probably be in the military.


This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here. 


What Would You Tell Your 16-Year-Old Self? Words of Wisdom Every Girl Should Hear


Anna Akana‘s most recent video lists off things she would tell her 16-year-old self if she could go back in time and do so. Although she is specifically speaking to herself and her own experiences, it is clear that much of her advice can apply to everyone.

“First of all, put yourself first” she says. “I know it’s hard because you’re such a romantic, but God dammit, romance yourself.”

In addition to loving oneself, she also adds that girls ought to stop putting one another down, stop being afraid of going out there and reaching goals, stop making decisions purely based on fear and, most importantly, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”

Even if you aren’t sixteen anymore, there are words of wisdom in this video for everyone. Check it out for yourself.


Like what you see? Be sure to check out Akana’s (awesome) angry rant about yellow fever and the best make up tutorial that won’t teach you a thing about make up.. but is awesome anyway.

Check Out This (Awesome) Angry Rant About Yellow Fever


You probably remember YouTube personality, Anna Akana, from her makeup tutorial that didn’t teach us anything about makeup, but was one of our favorites nonetheless. Obviously, only someone as awesome as Akana could pull off something like that.

Well, she’s back and this time, she’s angry. We can’t help but laugh along because the target of her anger happens to be something many of us have had to deal with: yellow fever.

Now before you get defensive and point out that people are allowed to have a “type,” you should know that Akana recognizes that, too. She’s not angry with men who happen to like Asian women; she’s angry at men who like women only because they’re Asian.



“These men, the problem with them is that they don’t give a f— about who you really are. The idea of you is enough,” Akana rants. “I don’t understand why you would romanticize an entire race as being submissive or weak or docile or delicate or fragile or whatever the f— is the allure of Asian women.”

“Now look, there’s nothing wrong with having a type,” she adds for clarification. “But yellow fever is when the only prerequisite for me to become your potential partner is the color of my skin. That’s cheap.”

Anna Akana, we couldn’t agree with you more.



Like what you saw? Be sure to check out How (NOT) to pick up an Asian girl.