To controversial beauty YouTuber James Charles, everyone is his sister. Fans of the guru know he opens every video with a joyous "Hi, sisters!" taking the catchphrase so far to make it a large part of his personal brand.
For the most part, James is open about his life before he started on YouTube when he still lived in Upstate New York instead of sunny LA.
We've met James' brother in a few videos, and even his parents — but does he have a sister, or is it only a part of his brand?
No, James Charles does not have an actual sister.
Despite him calling everyone "sister," James does not actually have a biological sister. His only sibling is his brother, Ian, who he has made a few videos with.
While Ian was spending a lot of time with James in Los Angeles, James started a series on his channel titled "Brother & Sister", though the series only included Ian and was more in reference to his "sister" brand.
Along with Ian, James' also has his mom and dad, who are still together and live in James' hometown of Albany, NY.
What does Ian do?
While James' popularity was rapidly growing on YouTube and Instagram, Ian was still finishing high school. He graduated from Bethlehem High School in 2019, and it looks as though he currently lives in New York City.
According to his Instagram, Ian is a model in NYC, signed with Wilhelmina Models, and seems to be following in his brother's footsteps by becoming an influencer.
He also runs the account Dusted Garments, flipping quality vintage finds on used clothing resale site Depop.
Some of Ian's garments are hand-altered, especially the denim pieces. He usually finds a way to add a more vintage feel to them, whether by sewing on patches or adding extra distressing to an item to give it that high-end vibe while still being secondhand.
Who is in James' Sister Squad?
If you don't remember, before James and Tati Westbrook got into a very public and very messy feud on YouTube (ending with multiple people coming forward with allegations about James' predatory behavior), James' core group of friends was known as the Sister Squad.
The Sister Squad consistently made videos with each other in the latter half of 2018. This included Emma's video "ROADTRIP TO VEGAS," Ethan and Grayson's "BEST FRIENDS BUY EACH OTHER DREAM GIFTS," and James' "Doing My Best Friends' Halloween Makeup".
Since James' recent scandal, it seems as though the group has mostly drifted apart. Emma and the twins will still appear in each other's videos on occasion, though not nearly to the frequency they did before.
It's unclear if the group has cut ties with the beauty influencer completely, or if there was more to their decision than the controversy. None of the parties have publicly spoken about their decision not to make videos together anymore.