Realtor.com Jackie Aina grew up in L.A.’s San Gabriel Valley, which she’s previously described as “kind of a hood and kind of suburban.” But that was her experience growing up in La Puente, a relatively poor community just south of West Covina, where Aina was raised in a three-bedroom, one bathroom house she shared with eight family members. Today, the 33-year-old is now arguably YouTube’s top Black beauty guru, and one of the internet’s top beauty gurus in general — right alongside big names like Jeffree Star , Jaclyn Hill , Nikkie de Jager , James Charles and Tati Westbrook — with millions in the proverbial bank.
So while she still lives in the San Gabriel Valley, Aina’s residential circumstances have changed dramatically. The veteran influencer has bought a $6 million mansion in the wealthy city of Arcadia, just east of Pasadena and immediately west of Monrovia and Bradbury. All-new and completed this year, the lavish spread includes more than 10,000 square feet of living space across a main mansion and detached guesthouse. There’s garaging for four cars, plus a resort-style swimming pool and sophisticated security system.
It’s been a long road to the top for the U.S. Army veteran. Divorced in her early 20s, Aina’s subsequent YouTube career brought her fame and fortune — she has more than 3.5 million subscribers and nearly 400 million lifetime views on her main channel — and she’s parlayed that fame into the lucrative cosmetics and home goods industries. Over the past few years, the budding entrepreneur has released makeup collaborations with top brands like Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills; last year marked the debut of her own brand Forvr Mood, which sells a range of scented candles and sprays.
Like nearly all top influencers, Aina has also faced her fair share of criticism and controversy. Detractors are quick to point out her occasionally petty online squabbles with fellow YouTubers, and they’ve also accused her of participating in a so-called “fake giveaway” that prompted the contest’s winner to file a complaint with the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Still, Aina has received kudos from many for her famously blunt, no-holds-barred reviews of beauty products and companies, particularly those she sees as not inclusive of people of color.
And with her fiancée Denis Asamoah, Aina can easily shake off the critics from the comfort of her lavish Arcadia home. Jiawei Shen of Coldwell Banker held the listing; Ikem T. Chukumerije of Westside Premier Estates repped the buyer.
Built on speculation by a local couple, the fully landscaped estate spans more than a half-acre of land, with mature palm trees front and rear. For privacy, the gated property is equipped with cameras and a sophisticated alarm system.
Aina’s guests will be gobsmacked by the entry. There are marble floors galore, paneled walls, a Kia Soul-sized crystal chandelier and double-height ceilings.
Immediately flanking the entry are both a wood-paneled office and airy living room, the latter equipped with a fireplace and connected to a formal dining room. Realtor.com The dark hardwood […]
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