Lets all be honest, there is nothing cooler than owning a cat. Or two. Pair that with a couple cat shirts and cartoon cat shoes, and you’ve pretty much summed up my life. So imagine my utter delight to find a cat-loving, Canadian-joke slinging companion in this week’s #WCW Alayna Fender (MissFenderr).
Alayna first started making videos while she was still in high school, and has consistently continued uploading vlogs, and challenges well into her college years.
“I was originally inspired to start YouTube by Tessa Violet (Meekakitty)!” Alayna writes. “I was home sick at one point for nearly a week straight. I watched A LOT of cat videos. I was just clicking through the videos that YouTube was suggesting to me, when one of Tessa’s vlogs came up! I watched it and that was it, I was hooked on YouTubers and I wanted to be one! Meekakitty had a huge influence on my earliest videos.”
Now a growing creator in her own right, Alayna has nearly 57,000 subscribers visiting her channel each Friday for a new upload. The appeal of her videos is simple: each segment — whether it’s talking about Canadian stereotypes, playing the Kim Kardashian game, or enduring the cinnamon challenge — feels as though you’re sitting down for five minutes to chat with an old, dear friend. She’s honest, lovably awkward, and often reminds me of a young Grace Helbig.
I’ll be honest, prior to this, there was nothing I enjoyed more than a good Canadian joke. I could riff on mounties and syrup engineers for days. But after watching Alayna’s stereotypes video, I’ve learned the error of my ways. Keep on keeping on, sweet Canada, and be thankful for the warrior backing you up named Alayna Fender.
Outside of YouTube, Alayna is currently pursuing her PhD. in Cat Psychology with an emphasis in purrrrrrology. Okay, that’s not true, but when it comes down to it, Alayna is the coolest cat lady out there, bar none.
In reality, the 22-year-old is a full-time student, and in a year, following the completion of her senior thesis, will graduate with an Honours Psychology degree.
In parting, there is one final thing Alayna would like to leave you with.
“I would like people to know that cats are better than dogs. KIDDING. Maybe. No really, I would like people to know that being a cat lover does not make you a dog hater!” our #WCW adamantly shares. “Why not love both! (Or just cats, but that’s totally your call.)”
Alayna, it is an honor to have you as our #WCW, and when that cat cafe opens in San Francisco, I hope to see you there.
Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator and woke up this morning to her 15 pound cat Fitz trying to discuss with her his interpretation of Dante’s Inferno.