The Unofficial Sommer Ray Wiki
Sommer Ray is a fitness model associated with the Clout Gang, a group of YouTubers who live together in a house in Los Angeles.
Sommer Ray Controversy
In early 2018, a freelance editor named Soloin brought up that he had never been paid for a dozen videos that he edited for Sommer Ray's YouTube channel. After some public back-and-forth, the situation was resolved
Sommer Ray's Introduction to the Clout Gang House
Clout Gang Members
Q&A With Sommer Ray
Sommer Ray is a fitness model and vlogger known for her workout videos and "belfies," which is a term used to describe selfies taken from the rear, on Instagram. She was born on September 15, 1996 in Denver, Colorado. As a teenager, she attended Castle View High School for less than a year before dropping out and continuing her education at home. According to her, this happened because she was excessively bullied due to the large birthmark on her left arm.
Both of her parents were competitive bodybuilders, which is presumably the reason why she became very passionate about fitness. Before becoming popular on Instagram, she competed in several bodybuilding contests. Most notably, she participated in the National Physique Committee's Colorado State Championships in 2015. There, she won first place in both the "Bikini Teen" and "Bikini Class D" categories.
Before she started participating in swimsuit competitions, she was already working as a fitness model. At the age of sixteen, she created an account on "Model Mayhem," a social networking site for models, stylists, and photographers. Her account became inactive in May 2015, presumably because she started focusing more on building her brand elsewhere.
On Instagram, she regularly posts videos and images of her workout sessions and photo shoots. As her popularity grew, she started creating sponsored posts for several brands that have approached her, such as "Myokore," a portable bungee training system.
Before Instagram, she was also known for creating videos on Vine. There, she also showed off some of her workout techniques and, occasionally, posted videos of both her and her mother singing and dancing in their car.
In January 2017, she created a channel on YouTube to further connect with her fans. A few months later, she joined the "Clout Gang," a group of popular social media influencers who live together in a mansion located in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. The group was formed by Ricky Banks, the Chief Operating Officer of "Faze Clan," which is an esports organization whose members are mostly known for their presence on YouTube.
As a part of the Clout Gang, who are also essentially her housemates, she frequently collaborates with them on vlogs and other videos. One notable example was when she collaborated with fellow YouTuber Bryan Le, also known as "RiceGum," to create a music video for his song entitled "God Church." Aside from that, Clout Gang members usually briefly appear in each other's clips on both YouTube and Instagram.
Sommer isn't the only member of her family that has a significant following on social media. Her mother, Shannon Ray, has an Instagram account where she posts workout videos and sponsored content. Shannon also occasionally shows up in Sommer's vlogs. Her sisters, Savana and Skylyn, also have their own Instagram accounts which they mostly use as a modeling and photography portfolio.
In March 2018, a YouTuber called "Soloin" uploaded a statement about how Sommer never paid him after he edited twelve of her videos. The story behind this is that back when her channel was still new, she hired Soloin to edit for her. The deal was that he would be paid with free exposure, at least until she got her content monetized. She agreed to start paying him fifty dollars for each video as soon as the channel started making money.
In September 2017, she told Soloin that her computer crashed and that she needed to temporarily hire a different editor nearer to herself until it got fixed. During this time, Soloin noticed that ads had started appearing on Sommer's videos, which meant that they were already monetized. Wondering when he would be compensated for his work, he started talking to her manager throughout the next few months.
On March 15, 2018, Sommer apologized to Soloin and finally paid him for the twelve videos he edited for her. According to both of them, this whole situation was a learning experience for everyone involved. Both parties have since parted ways.
Sommer Ray's Instagram following has been growing at a steady pace since 2014, and this trend is likely to continue as long as she keeps posting new content on a regular basis. Considering her upbringing, one can easily assume that she'll continue to be a fitness advocate and model for years to come.