Scoop: Coming Up On UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION with YouTube Sensation Bethany Mota on CBS
YouTube sensation Bethany Mota channels a punk rocker when she goes undercover to link up with and mentor potential Youtube stars, on UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION, Friday, May 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. While pretending she wants to start her own Youtube channel, Mota hopes things will click when tasked with teaching a dance class for a Youtube channel; picks up the beat in a beatboxing challenge on Hollywood Boulevard; and fears she won't be able to keep it together when faced with eating a cricket during a Youtube food challenge.YouTube superstar, author, designer and entrepreneur Bethany Mota has become one of the most powerful voices in social and new media. Mota's Youtube channel has more than 12.7 million subscribers, and her videos have been viewed almost two billion times. In 2011 Mota also launched the lifestyle vlog "Bethany's Life," which has already accrued over 2.2 million subscribers. Having grown into a true trendsetter, she also has over 5.5 million followers on Twitter @BethanyMota and over 5.5 million followers on Instagram @bethanynoelm. Last year, Bethany Mota added author to her long list of accomplishments and released Make Your Mind Up, her first book with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Celebrated by her viewers and new "Motavators" alike, her book features inspirational content on how to stay motivated, recipes, insider tips and tricks, and fashion and beauty advice. In 2013 Mota designed and launched the first of many of her own collections for the apparel brand Aeropostale. Targeted to teens 14 to 17 years old, the line can be found in more 900 stores around the country and includes apparel, fragrance and accessories. The success of Mota's design work led Forbes to name her the most Googled fashion designer in the world in 2014. Last year, Mota joined forces with Target to launch her own line of unique and colorful back-to-school supplies, adding her own spin to average notebooks and trapper-keepers. Mota's popularity and entrepreneurship in the branding and digital space has garnered recognition by a number of top outlets. Alongside two separate covers of Fast Company highlighting her incredible achievements with YouTube, TIME magazine hailed her as one of the most influential teens in the world for two consecutive years; Vogue named her one of "8 Youtube Stars Who Are Taking Over the World"; and in 2015, when she was 19 years old, Business Insider listed her as one of the most powerful people in Hollywood in her age category. In 2016 Mota was honored by Forbes as one of the year's "Forbes 30 Under 30" for her work in the arts and lifestyle space, and she discussed the future of digital marketing at the Forbes Under 30 Summit. She was also featured on covers of Adweek, Variety and Latina Magazine, and was the first digital creator featured on the cover of Seventeen. Mota kicked off 2015 by interviewing President Obama after his STATE OF THE UNION address. The Youtube interview garnered millions of viewers around the world. A vocal advocate for social causes, she has partnered with UNICEF and PACER National Bullying Prevention Center to front campaigns targeted to teens and school-aged women and men. Mota regularly travels the world on behalf of philanthropic organizations, media and Fortune 500 companies connecting with audiences to further spread her message of positivity and inspiration. Also a singer, Mota released her first single, "Need You Right Now," in 2014, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes charts. The same year, she was a finalist on season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars," placing in the top four. In 2016, Mota received her third Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Web Star.