Vanessa Merrell - Biography
Last Modified: Sep 29, 2022
|Born on :||August 6, 1996 (age 27)|
|Birth Name /
|Vanessa Jo Merrell|
|Birth Place:||Kansas City, Missouri, USA|
|Father's Name:||Paul Merrell|
|Mother's Name:||Wendy Merrell|
Veronica Jo Merrell (twin sister)
|Ethnicity:||Multi-ethnic (Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Irish)|
|Marital Status:||In Relationship|
|Boyfriend Name:||John Vaughn (engaged)|
|Height:||1.57 meter (5 feet 2 inch)|
|Weight:||52 kg (114.64 lb)|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|Shoe Size:||8.5 US|
|Dress Size:||4 US|
|Breast Size:||32 inch|
|Waist Size:||24 inch|
|Hip Size:||34 inch|
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Who is Vanessa Merrell?
Vanessa Merrell is one-half of the Merrell Twins. The twins are famous YouTubers with over 4.1 million subscribers and counting!
Vanessa Merrell – Age, Parents, Siblings
Vanessa Merrell’s birth took place on August 6, 1996, in Kansas City, Missouri, the USA as Vanessa Jo Merrell. Her parents are Wendy Merrell, a school secretary, and Paul Merrell, a video producer. She has a sibling, a twin to be precise who is now married to Aaron Burriss.
Her twin sister is named Veronica Jo Merrell. So, who is the older one? Vanessa Merrell is 45 minutes younger than her twin. While being born, Veronica came out easily but the same was not the case with Vanessa. She had to be delivered via cesarean “c” section, thus the 45 minutes age gap between the two.
Merrell was only 5 years old when she started to play piano and was in the 5th grade when she started taking singing lessons. She also plays the violin.
Source: Instagram (from left- Veronica Merrell, Wendy Merrell, Vanessa Merrell)
As for education, Merrell Twins attended the same high school, although they have not shared its name. After graduating high school, both were accepted into the same college but have chosen different majors. Vanessa Jo Merrell has chosen TV production as her major while Veronica Jo Merrell has selected screenwriting as her major.
In the fall of 2018, they had decided to take a break from classes citing busy schedules but have not shared if they are back in their studies.
Her ethnicity includes Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Irish.
Vanessa Merrell – Similarities and differences
Being monozygotic twins, they are bound to look identical. They even have the same middle name, Jo!
However, there is a slight difference in their appearances that sets them apart. Vanessa has dimples on both her cheeks while Veronica has one on only one cheek, the left one. Also, Veronica is lactose intolerant while Vanessa is not.
Vanessa Merrell – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Marriage
Merrell was in a relationship with Aaron Van Wormer. The two had begun dating in 2015. She even encouraged her boyfriend to open his own YouTube channel, which he later did. But the couple soon broke up. Wormer began dating Courtney Oddo in 2017.
She went on to date artist John Vaughn and got engaged to him after her boyfriend proposed to her in September 2022. She and her soon-to-be husband are yet to share their wedding date/plans. They do not have any children yet.
Source: Instagram (John Vaughn, Vanessa Merrell - posted March 2022)
Vanessa Merrell – Career
Merrell began her career in entertainment at a fairly young age. From ages 8 to 12, she acted in numerous children's videos.
She even has titles of Best Top Model, Best Actor, and Grand Best Overall Child Top Model in the 2009's Models and Talent Competition.
The Merrell Twins first started their YouTube channel in 2009. They uploaded their first video, What It's Like to Be a Twin, and completely forgot about it! Fast forward two years, and they somehow remembered their YouTube channel and checked it. The channel had amassed 10,000 views and the channel had 2,000 subscribers!
Highly encouraged, the Twins soon got to work. They made more and more videos while their father edited their videos.
At the age of 16, which was in 2013, the twins moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as actresses. They have been successful in landing minor TV and film roles.
Vanessa Jo Merrell portrayed the role of Valeria in a total of five episodes of Jane the Virgin from 2014 to 2016 along with her twin sister. They also starred together in Faking It (2015), The Standoff (2016), and Hyperlinked (2017). They are also frequently featured on Awesomeness TV's YouTube channel.
Vanessa Merrell has worked with actors Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Yael Grobglas, and Jaime Camil, to name a few.
She has collaborated with YouTubers Dominic DeAngelis, Harrison Webb, Gabriel Conte, and Collins Key.
Vanessa Merrell – Awards, Nominations
Merrell along with her twin sister has been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards, Choice Female Web Star, Shorty Awards, and Choice YouTuber.
Among the nominations, they have won Best YouNower Award at the 2016 Shorty Awards and the YouNower of the Year award at the 2016 Streamy Award. They also won a Streamy Award in 2018 for Lifestyle.
Vanessa Merrell – Net Worth, Salary
Her individual net worth and annual salary have not been estimated. However, the net worth of the Merrell twins has been estimated at around $2 million.
Vanessa Merrell – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
On social media, Vanessa Merrell is active on Instagram with more than 1.8 million followers and on Twitter with thousands of followers. She is active on Facebook as The Merrell twins and has an official webpage - merrelltwins.com.
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