Who is Tessa Brooks?
Tessa Brooks is a dancer, model and social media personality, who rose to fame for uploading video blogs and challenges onto her self-titled YouTube channel. She was also a member of Team 10, the social media incubator and group co-founded by Jake Paul.
Early life and Family
Tessa was born under the Zodiac sign Aries on 5 April 1999 in Fresno, California, USA. As of 2021, she is 22 years old and holds American nationality; Tessa’s mother is Laurie Papagni, while her father’s name remains unknown. She has two sisters and a step-sister, but Tessa hasn’t revealed much information about her family, except that she reportedly comes from a family of dancers, and began dancing at a very young age. Nothing is known about her educational qualifications.
Career as a Dancer
As an individual who spent most of her life in the dance studio, Tessa began by making dance videos to songs by popular performers such as Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora. In 2013 she was featured in several commercials for Nickelodeon and other brands, including the video game “Just Dance” and “Sketchers”. Building her career as a professional dancer, she appeared on “The X-Factor”, performing for the contestant Diamond White.
Also a skillful gymnast, Tessa was eventually spotted by a producer who landed her a spot in the Disney show “Disney’s Next Big Thing”. From that point her career took off, and she started by making various appearances, performing at the dance event entitled “The Pulse Tour”, in “The Haiti Benefit Concert”, and “Miss California Pageant”.
Career as a YouTuber
Tessa launched her YouTube channel in 2011, initially posting her dance routines and videos, later incorporating video blogs, challenges, and story-time videos. In 2017, she joined Team Ten, the group of influencers and YouTubers which included Chance Sutton, Alisa Violet, and Erika Costell. The group lived in a mansion in Los Angeles, and they would collaborate to create content every day. At one point, they garnered so much popularity and media attention that fans began sleeping in front of the mansion, causing problems for the influencers and their neighbors.
Most of her content was related to Team 10 and other members, such as “I Tasered Jake Paul”, and “Alarm Clock Prank on Jake (PRANK Wars)”.
She became very popular, and appeared in numerous projects by other members of Team 10, including music videos for Jake Paul’s songs “It’s Everyday Bro”, and “Randy Savage”. However, at the beginning of 2018, Tessa made a decision to leave Team 10.
She continued making video blogs, challenges, and look books, garnering a huge fan base. As of late 2021, her channel has over 3.4 million subscribers with over 300 million views, now mainly focused on content related to fashion, such as try-on hauls, inspirations, and outfit ideas, with an occasional video blog. Some of her latest videos are entitled “The Lie Detector Test feat My Mom and Friends”, and “Boohoo try-on Haul”.
Career as an Actress
In addition, Tessa has also dipped her toes into other avenues of entertainment, such as acting.
In 2018, she landed the recurring role as Madison Walker in the comedy series “Boss Cheer”, alongside Tristan Tales and Sofie Dossie, and in 2020, she portrayed Evelyn in two episodes of the drama series “yA”, and also starred in the music video for the song “Lotus Inn” by “Why Don’t We”.
Her latest project is the comedy/dance film “Honey Girls”, starring Ashanti and Ava Grace”. The movie follows the megastar Fancy G, who hosts an event looking for the next big star, and stumbles upon a group of girls who become a huge hit. Regarding her upcoming projects, she is set to appear in an episode of the drama series “Hazel Eyes”.
Why did she leave Team 10?
Talking to the media outlet People, she said: “I’m just moving on in my life, and I’m trying new things and I outgrew that. I’m going in a different direction then they (Team 10) are. I just want to be more of an individual and more myself. I’m all about experiencing new things and I didn’t agree with some things they were doing”.
However, considering that Team 10 had a number of scandals and controversies, many suspected that the real reason why other members and Tessa left was due to Jake Paul’s problematic personality. Besides the drama with his ex-girlfriend, Alisa Violet, he was notorious for being rude to his fellow members, as well as taking a percentage of their earnings even though they were friends. Additionally, after the group officially disbanded, other former members came out and revealed some shocking information about the group, including Neels Visser, who referred to Team 10 as “a group of lying, racist, homophobic, and ‘heartless’ talent”.
Regarding her dating history, back in 2017 while she was a member of Team 10, there were rumors about her alleged relationship with Jake Paul. However, neither of them ever disclosed any information nor confirmed the rumors.
During the same year, she started a romantic relationship with a fellow member of Team 10, Chance Sutton.
Reportedly, they dated for a couple of months before calling quits. In one of her videos, she said that the reason they broke up was due to the fact that their public relationship was too much for them, and they wanted to stay friends. However, a hacker allegedly broke into Tessa’s social media, and found messages indicating that Chance cheated on her. Neither of them confirmed this, and in 2020, they filmed a video together talking about their relationship and being members of Team 10, which suggests that the rumors might have been false.
In 2018 she was linked to another YouTuber and social media star, Tristan Tales, but she remained tightlipped regarding this supposed relationship as well. As of late 2021, it’s believed that she’s single.
Her Other Social Media
She is very popular on Instagram, on which she has over 13 million followers, while on Twitter she has over a million fans. Tessa mostly posts dance videos, selfies, and outfit ideas.
Her TikTok account has nearly six million fans, with over 110 million likes.
In 2019, she stunned her fan base when she revealed her “new body” in a YouTube video, and tips on how she lost weight. In the video, she said that she had always struggled with weight and had had a desire to be slimmer. In 2016 she posted a Tweet saying: “How am I supposed to lose weight when the best part about life is mozzarella sticks”.
She explained: “I’m a person that eats my feelings away, so that’s kinda when I started to gain weight, and it just stayed like that for a while. And then I made a decision to be healthy. I was eating mostly crap, and I wasn’t working out”.
One of the first things she cut out from her diet was dairy products, and she swore it changed her life. In her video, she also showed her eating regime, saying she ate smoothies for breakfast, salad for lunch, and tacos or some light meal for dinner. In addition to regulating her eating habits, she incorporated a lot of physical activity, such as walking, hiking and dancing. She works out a couple of times a week and always starts with 30 minutes of cardio.
What is her net worth?
Her net worth is estimated at around $2 million, which she’s earned through her career as a social media star, actress and dancer. Given her huge following on various social media, she additionally earns through brand endorsements, collaborations, and paid advertisements.
In 2018, she launched a merchandise line, which features various hoodies, T-shirts, and joggers. Her apparel has a print of a smiley face with “Just Friends” or “Healthy Boundaries” written next to it.
Tessa is 5ft 7ins tall (170), while her weight is now around 125lbs (57kgs), with vital statistics of 33-26-36. Her natural hair is brown, further adorned with brown eyes.