9 YouTube stars who are still crazy popular after a decade of fame

Tyler Oakley, YouTubeYouTube/Tyler OakleyTyler Oakley is one of YouTube’s first stars. He still has a huge following today.

Ten years have passed since YouTube officially launched, ushering in the age where anyone with a camera could post videos to their own personal channel.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, we’ve rounded up some of the stars who have been there since the beginning. 

These YouTube stars were incredibly popular back 10 years ago, and they still have fan bases numbering in the millions today. 

Here’s what they’re up to now. 

In 2005, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla -- or 'Smosh,' as the duo is known -- uploaded a video of them dancing along with the 'Power Rangers' theme song.

Smosh now has more than 20 million subscribers, and their first feature-length film will premiere in July.

When Freddie Wong started his YouTube channel in 2006, he focused on making short action films with a dose of comedy.

These days, Freddie is best known for his action show, 'Video Game High School,' which recently completed its third and final season on YouTube. Devoted fans donated more than $900,000 to a Kickstarter campaign that funded the most recent season.

Michelle Phan started her beauty YouTube channel back in 2006. One tutorial, where she shows how she uses makeup to transform herself into a Barbie, has more than 61 million views.

Phan now has more than 7.7 million subscribers, her own makeup line, a book, and a lifestyle network called Icon.

Justine Ezarik -- or 'iJustine,' as she's better known -- launched her YouTube channel in 2006. A self-professed techie, her first viral hit was a video of her going through and commenting on her 300-page phone bill.

She now has more than 2.27 million subscribers, and her videos have been viewed 369 million times. She just released her first book, 'I, Justine,' which tells the story of what it's like to document your life on YouTube.

Soon after launching his channel in 2006, Ryan Higa became one of YouTube's first huge stars.

Ryan still posts several comedy videos a week, and he has more than 14.6 million subscribers. He was one of the first YouTubers to get more than 1 billion views on his videos.

Grace Helbig started posting vlogs and silly lip-sync videos to YouTube in 2006.

Nearly 10 years later, Grace has her own show on E!, and her memoir topped The New York Times' best-sellers list in October 2014.

Comedy duo Nice Peter (Peter Shukoff) and EpicLloyd (Lloyd Ahlquist) started Epic Rap Battles in 2006. Their hilarious videos show two historical figures facing off in a duel of words.

With more than 12.25 million subscribers, Epic Rap Battles is still incredibly popular today. The duo even appeared in official YouTube ads on billboards, buses, and trains in big cities across the US.

David Choi started uploading his music videos to YouTube in 2006. He quickly grew a following both in the US and Asia.

In the 10 years since, he's released three full-length albums, and his songs have appeared on NBC, FOX, E!, and MTV. His channel has more than 996,00 subscribers.

Tyler Oakley started posting his daily thoughts to YouTube in 2006.

These days, Tyler has more than 7.08 million subscribers. His videos about coming out have inspired a younger generation of YouTubers, including beauty and fashion guru Ingrid Nilsen.

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