Anastasia Karanikolaou, a.k.a. Stassiebaby, has been on the rise since she launched her YouTube channel in 2017. Between her famous friendships and learning to block out the haters, Stassie never could've imagined the chaos that would entail.
You might know Anastasia Karanikolaou as Kylie Jenner's best friend, but she's got a lot more to her story. Stassie and Kylie have been inseparable since they were kids, but Stassie's also managed to build her very own empire.
With 9.5 million Instagram followers and over 604 thousand subscribers on YouTube, Stassiebaby's killing the influencer game. From her vlogs to her clothing campaigns, there's certainly no stopping Stassie!
Before Stassie met her partner in crime, Kylie Jenner, and rose to social media stardom, she was an ordinary teenager living in California. The 23-year-old Instagram model is incredibly close with her sister, Alexia, who's often featured on her social media accounts. Stassie's father is Greek, hence her beautiful and unique name.
Stassie's had big dreams for herself ever since she started posting on social media a while back. "In 10 years, I hope to see myself modeling a lot and working in the entertainment industry," she once shared. And over time, she would accomplish just that.
The Infamous Friendship
While Stassie has her own YouTube channel and has established herself as an Instagram model, many people believe that her friendship with Kylie Jenner was her claim to fame. "It all started when I met this beautiful bomb a** blonde at Barnes and Nobles," Kylie revealed.
"Then, soon after, you basically became another sister. Stas basically lived with me growing up, and it was always the 3 of us." Evidently, Stassie started off as a fan of the Jenner sisters, and before she knew it, she became Kylie's partner in crime.
In November of 2017, Stassie launched her YouTube channel and uploaded her very first video, which was a Q&A. She answered viewers' questions about her daily life, her makeup routine, and some of her favorite things. "Every time I get behind this camera, I feel like I just get so awkward," Stassie said at the start of the video.
"This was a little bit nerve-wracking," she added. Even though Stassie claimed to be extremely nervous about creating her first vlog, she received incredible support from her fans. "I've waited forever for this," one subscriber commented. "So immensely proud of you, Stas, much love."
With 9.5 million Instagram followers, you could certainly say that Stassiebaby has become #instafamous, documenting her every move on the platform. She landed her first photoshoot for Nation A-list Magazine in 2014 and has been modeling for different brands on Instagram ever since.
"The best thing about social media is that it's such an amazing way to connect and network!" Stassie revealed. Since she started frequently posting, things have only gone up for the influencer. "You get to show your followers what you're up to in your everyday life, and you get to see what whoever you're following is doing."
Even though Stassie and Kylie had practically zero resemblance to one another when they first met, they've started to look more and more alike over the years. Between matching hairstyles and wardrobes, these two queens know how to play some serious mind tricks with their looks.
"We're twins till the day we die," said Stassie. "We love twinning. It's really fun for us. We do have very similar bodies, so when we twin, it looks good!" And if you scroll through either of their Instagram profiles, it's pretty much impossible to miss this; It looks like best friend goals to us!
Did She Replace Jordyn Woods?
While Stassie and Kylie have made it known that they're the ultimate partners in crime, they used to have a third Musketeer in their squad, Jordyn Woods. But when Jordyn became romantically involved with Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian's child, Kylie eventually decided to cut Jordyn out of her life.
As Kylie's go-to bestie and an honorary member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Stassie also cut ties with Jordyn and hasn't posted a photo with her since. Many are convinced that Kylie replaced Jordyn with Stassie, as she used to refer to Woods as her ride or die.
Kylie's Most Loyal Friend
Since then, Kylie's spoken about her friendship with Stassie on many occasions. "You've been the most consistent and loyal friend in my life," she said about Stassie. "I feel like without you, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Because I wouldn't be weird anymore. I'd be trying to be normal."
"I cherish every year we've spent together, and I thank God for putting you in my life… I have your back till the end of time," Kylie wrote on a post for Stassie's birthday. This certainly goes both ways, as Stassie often reflects on her relationship with Kylie and shares their many memories together.
Kylie Knows Her Every Move
In addition to being an incredibly loyal friend to Kylie, Stassie also lives her life under the watchful eye of her bestie, as Kylie admitted to tracking Stassie's location. "I made her get this app called Find Friends, where I could know where she is at all times," Jenner revealed.
"And I would just drive wherever she was, wear all black, and go in the trees, and like watch her." While it might sound creepy to some, the besties laughed about it, and clearly, these two are always looking out for one another and are very thankful for their friendship.
Many of Stassie's followers are convinced that Stassie tries too hard to be just like Kylie, especially when they dress in matching outfits. "All I know of Stassie are those sexual twinning photos she does with Kylie, and her body is like a copy of Kylie's body," said one Reddit user. "I find it so weird tbh."
"She needs to think for herself and not be a Kylie Klone," another person wrote. And over time, people have pointed out that Stassie and Kylie have more or less morphed into one person. "Her mannerisms, the way she speaks, are exactly like Kylie. She even had the same body and lips as Kylie," said one of Stassie's followers.
Matching Stormi Tattoos
Not only do Stassi and Kylie look alike and dress practically the exact same, but they also got matching tattoos. They both got 'Stormi,' the name of Kylie's daughter, tattooed on their arms, and some fans found it rather strange. "I love my best friend's child, but I would not get his name tatted," said one follower.
"Getting a tattoo of your best friend's child's name is a bit too far," another person commented. Countless other users voiced their opinions on the tattoo, and many people couldn't understand why Stassie did this. "Stas is a groupie and a social climber," said another follower.
Aside from her famously successful bestie Kylie, Stassie has plenty of other celebrity friends who've formed a tight-knit circle over the years. This includes Sofia Richie, Hailey Bieber, and other stars around the same age, and they frequently post their lavish vacations and celebrations on social media.
Last year, Kylie Jenner posted a series of photos on Instagram with Stassie, Sofia, and a few other crew members with the caption, "Making memories with my besties." And for holidays, this squad always knows how to make an entrance, with perfectly coordinated costumes.
Cozying Up With Harry Jowsey
This past summer, Stassie was spotted cozying up with Too Hot to Handle star Harry Jowsey. Harry was best known for his relationship with co-star Francesca Farago, and fans were devastated when they called it quits. But when Jowsey posted a photo with Stassie and captioned it "Wholesome," it was clear that he'd moved on.
Some of his followers commented supportive things about his involvement with Stassie, but many compared Stassie to Francesa, saying that he should still be with his Too Hot to Handle co-star. "Honestly, I miss Francesca and you together, but do whatever," one user commented.
Fans Preferred Francesca
"Harry Jowsey left Francesca Farago for Stassie Baby?? I JUST KNOW it's only for clout," said one person. "Oh my God, you downgraded, so you must feel so stupid," another person wrote. Even though Harry appeared incredibly happy in the photo, some of his followers refused to accept this new relationship.
"Damn y'all moved on quick," said another follower. "Francesca is way hotter... You will never get a woman like her, you stupid clown," said a fan. But Harry managed to block out the haters, as he didn't respond to any of these negative comments. However, Stassie and Harry eventually parted ways.
Accused of Photoshopping
Stassie's always been honest about what she's done to her body and has made it clear she has nothing to hide. But some of her followers are convinced she photoshops her photos. On one of her Instagram pictures of her wearing a bikini, someone commented, "Stass, I would delete this."
"Your private area skin is rippling, which makes this photo look altered," they continued. On the above photo of Stassie and Kylie, someone wrote, "I'll come back and check this later when the rest of the legs finished uploading." Another user commented, "Can't handle these photoshops lately."
Shutting Down the Haters
But Kylie was having none of this criticism; She immediately shut down the haters and defended her best friend. Stassie also fought back, specifically on the photo of her in a bikini. "Uhh, the photo would've looked altered if I DID take the rippling out," she replied.
However, not everyone tore Stassie's photo apart; "It's pathetic that people are picking apart a picture as stunning as you just enjoying yourself," said one supportive fan. "Your curves are to die for, and anyone who's tried to take an attractive picture knows angles are everything. YOU ARE HUMAN!"
The Downside of Social Media
There's no doubt that social media has been a primary contributor to Stassie's rise to fame, but she explained that there's also a downside of sharing her entire life with her followers. "My least favorite part about it is how many people get sucked into it and forget there's a world outside of a phone screen," she said.
"There is also so much negativity that comes from some people," Stassie added. "So many people log on just to comment mean things on people's pages in order to bring them down. I think that's just so pointless." Over time, Stassie's learned to overlook the negative comments, as she has plenty of supporters on her side.
Sponsorships Are Part of the Job
It's no secret that influencers and bloggers make a significant profit from brand sponsorships, but some of Stassie's subscribers have given her a hard time about this. "Alright, who's sponsoring this video? Cause we all know Stass only posts sponsorships," someone commented on one of her videos.
"Y'all weird as hell for being rude af because she does sponsor videos," a fan responded. "That's literally how she gets paid for doing her job. Y'all work for free? I think tf not. Sponsorship is also the reason why she could even afford this house, like stop acting like y'all are humble as f*** and would do everything for free."
Open About Her Plastic Surgery
Over the years, Stassie's undergone various cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation surgery and lip injections, and she's been completely open about this with her fans. "I was very open to sharing - plastic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of," said Stassie.
"A lot of people think plastic surgery is only for cosmetic reasons, to change something you're insecure about... If I was insecure, I wouldn't have showed it," Stassi continued. She also emphasized that "it's so common for girls to have this issue, and you can do something to fix it."
Fans Appreciate Her Honesty
And from the start, Stassie's fans have expressed their appreciation for her transparency. "Tbh, I love how she's so real and doesn't keep secrets with anyone," one fan wrote. "I like it when people on social media make YouTube channels because it really shows us who they really are instead of what they show us on IG."
"Love how real Stas is; The more I watch her, the more I like her personality," the fan continued. "I love how open she is about this. I wish Kylie was more open about her surgeries," another subscriber commented. Stassie's always been honest about this part of her life, and evidently, it's helped her fans feel connected to her.
While many of Stassie's subscribers keep watching her videos because of her honesty, not everyone has been 100% supportive of the influencer. "Her lips look so bad. I'm sorry, but you went a little crazy with the lip injections," a viewer commented on her first video in 2017.
"I'm just concerned about that bottom lip job being uneven," another person wrote. Some other viewers gave their input on Stassie's makeup, giving her tips on making it better, and a few even said her voice was irritating. But these weren't the only things that Stassie's subscribers criticized.
Dating Noah Centineo?
Months after making an appearance on Harry Jowsey's Instagram, Stassie was spotted with teen heartthrob Noah Centineo. While neither of them spoke publicly about a relationship of any kind, they were seen holding hands, and they attended a Halloween party together.
The two had been exchanging words on Instagram for months, leaving cheeky comments on one another's posts. So, many people already suspected that there was some flirting going on. Rumors even surfaced that the two had married in Las Vegas, but those speculations were eventually shut down.
Loving Her Figure
Over the years, Stassie has gotten involved with Good American, a brand founded by Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede, highlighting women's natural beauty through the clothing they feel comfortable in. "This whole campaign is about showing that no matter what shape or size you are, you're beautiful," Stassie shared.
"It's so empowering. I was told my whole life I could never do any modeling because of how curvy I am, and this campaign and all the amazing women apart of it proved that wrong," she revealed. Stassi also said that Good American "meant so much to me because it really is a lot more than just denim."
Try On Haul
Earlier this year, Stassie uploaded a video titled 'Savage x Fenty Try On Haul,' where she modeled her favorite lingerie pieces from the Savage x Fenty collection. Many of her fans were extremely supportive, commenting things like, "She is one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen."
However, like most videos on the internet, came a few haters who felt the need to pick apart all aspects of the vlog. "All she says is 'super cute,'" one viewer pointed out. "Super cute, a completely useless phrase filling in for an actual opinion," said another subscriber.
In February of 2020, Stassie uploaded a house tour video to give subscribers a sneak peek into her fabulous new home. She was still in the process of moving, so her fans were able to see the decorating process from start to finish; The video even showed Stassie building some of her furniture.
"So happy for you on your journey to your new place & can't wait to see more in the future:) you are an inspiration to me and others," one fan commented. However, many viewers had quite a bit of criticism for Stassie after watching her house tour video.
Viewers Bashed Her House Tour
Evidently, not everyone was impressed by Stassie's decorating skills or the video itself. "This is the worst house tour… you're not even showing rooms it's like a quick flash?? Definitely want an updated and edited version," said one viewer. "Design tip. Buy furniture that isn't too big for the space," said another subscriber.
"Feel like we found out more about the shampoo than her house," said another user. Others brought up a completely different point after seeing how much information Stassie gave about her home. "I think it's dangerous for Stass to show her literal house map… I mean… robbery plan just got easier," a viewer commented.
While Stassie uploads many sponsored videos that she makes a profit from, she's also been charitable whenever she has the chance. In many of her videos, Stassie encourages her fans to donate to certain organizations that she feels connected to and often posts the donation link.
"Say what you want about Stas, but at least she's using her platform to mention charities at the beginning of her videos," said one fan. "I haven't seen many other influencers do that." And to some fans, this quality sets Stassie apart from her competing influencers.
Perks of Living in the Spotlight
Through her friendships with significant celebrities, especially Kylie Jenner, Stassie's climbed her way up the ladder of fame. This has opened up new windows of opportunity both for business and pleasure. And Stassie was the first to admit that she loves these perks.
"The highlights of my career so far would be being invited and able to sit at amazing shows during fashion week and obviously shooting with Good American," she revealed. As an influencer, showing face at high-end events is practically a part of the job, so you can say Stassie loves being a working girl.
A Net Worth of $4 Million
While Stassie began her career by just posting some photos on Instagram and vlogs about her daily life on YouTube, she's managed to make a living off of doing what she loves. Today, Stassiebaby has 9.5 million followers on Instagram and 604 thousand subscribers on YouTube.
And according to Celebrity Net Worth, she'd achieved a net worth of approximately $4 million; Not too bad, right?! Between her brand partnerships, YouTube advertisements, and a successful career as an Instagram model, Stassie has indeed made a name for herself, and there's no stopping her!
Wants To Change the World
Since she uploaded her first YouTube video in 2017, Stassie's been thriving as an influencer and model, and it doesn't look like she'll be slowing down anytime soon. She even has future goals set for herself; "In 5 years, I'd like to see myself more prominent in the fashion and beauty world," she said.
"I would love to do a lot more modeling and many more different campaigns." But that's not all that Stassie has in mind; "Most importantly, I would love to help change the world we live in. I think we need a serious change for the better, and I would love to be a part of a revolution that will accomplish that," she shared.