Born Jessica Vazquez, but known to Viners as Jessi Smiles, she is a Cuban-American with over 2 million followers, and as of this posting, nearing 3 million.
Jessi Smiles wrote on Twitter “Crazy lady with an iPhone.” She said she wasn’t popular in high school, and even though she was in drama, she never got the lead roles. In school, she said, “I was always cracking jokes…it’s in my blood, I guess. I just crack jokes naturally and it sucks sometimes because I kind of do it during serious situations but it’s just the way I deal with things.”
Jessi Smiles moved from Miami to Los Angeles, and now calls L.A. home.
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Jessi Smiles said after hitting one million followers, “Oh, I freaked! I absolutely freaked, it was such a quick climb for me, and it was a surreal moment to actually see that “1M”…a million people is a lot of people so I was really excited.”
She flirted with Curtis Lepore, another Vine star, online, and then they became an item. They were like the online version of Ross and Rachel of “Friends,” and they met in Washington Square Park, where thousands of fans showed up to see how the two Viners would do when meeting face-to-face.
Jessi Smiles said, “When our management found out that we were going to meet, they told us we have to make this into an event. It wasn’t meant to be that big of a thing so I was nervous about it.” They had a relationship that later fizzled, even though they stayed friends. Apparently, as reported on January 15, 2014, her ex was arrested in October for allegedly raping her. He pled not guilty. Smiles wrote, “I stopped living my life 6 months ago for a very long time, and that is NOT going to happen again. This is all I will say. Love you all.”
With her fame, Jessi Smiles has got brand deals. “But I’m not so fond of kinda ‘selling out’ with product placements here and there.”
Jessi Smiles does have her share of haters. “It’s been so hard, I can’t even lie about it…this whole jump has come with not only an overwhelming amount of love but an overwhelming amount of hate. And it has been extremely hard to adjust to. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it” (fushion.net).
She would love to get into acting and comedy, but with almost three million followers, the acting and comedy world might have to get into the Jessi Smiles business.