Lori Loughlin’s daughters are in the spotlight after federal prosecutors charged the actress for paying to get her children into college. The young women haven’t finished their degrees at the University of Southern California, but they already have found success in Hollywood.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, Loughlin’s youngest daughter with designer Mossimo Giannulli, is currently in her freshman year at USC. She started her beauty vlogger career long before college, though. The Olivia Jade channel, started in June 2014, boasts over 1.9 million subscribers, and she launched a makeup palette with Sephora and a clothing collection with Princess Polly last fall. Her videos have been sponsored by Tresemme, HelloFresh, SmileDirect Club and others.
The vlogger found herself in hot water before heading off to college. In a Q&A video, she addressed that she would be balancing her career with college. “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she said. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying — I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
Olivia released an apology video after backlash. “I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college … I’m really disappointed in myself,” she admitted.
College has become a common theme in Olivia’s material. She endorsed Amazon Prime while decorating her dorm and many of her vlogs are about campus life, from makeup routines for college parties to staying healthy while living in the dorms.
Her sister, Isabella Rose Giannulli, also has a social media following with over 261,000 Instagram followers, but Isabella seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps as an actress. She appeared in the Freeform TV show “Alone Together” and has starred alongside Lori Loughlin in Hallmark’s “Homegrown Christmas” and “Every Christmas Has a Story.”
Though Lori supports her daughter’s desires to be an actress, she wanted Isabella to go to college first. “Well, she is in school and I’m glad. She just finished her first year of college and she really enjoys it and I think she’ll get her degree,” Loughlin told Salon in August. “And I just said to her, ‘Look, have some back up plan. Get a degree and something else. You can study theater [and] whatever you need to also at school.’”
As previously reported, Isabella and Olivia were both accepted to USC as recruits to the college’s crew team. Lori and Mossimo allegedly paid $500,000 to USC to consider them recruits, but the two never participated in crew. Lori is one of 40 people charged in the alleged scam, which includes schools like Yale and Stanford. NBC reports that the actress is being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
In a press conference, prosecutors said they have not charged any students yet. They acknowledge that there are some instances in which the students knew their parents were using bribery, but it isn’t clear if Olivia and Isabella were aware of the alleged crime.