Hi all 🙂
So…before I get into the topic of today’s post, I want to introduce Discovery GemZone- an idea that popped into my mind on this simultaneously sunny and cloudy afternoon.
It’s occurred to me that I have so many favourite things that I would love to share with you all, and I would love to dedicate my love for these things as a separate blog post and hopefully spread the love to some readers through the discovery of these gems (ergo why I’m titling Discovery GemZone). Whether it’s about food, television/film, literature, online content, a fitness class, travel, or an event; Discovery GemZone will be the place to discover it.
I’ll aim to upload a new discovery gem at least once a week- so keep your eyes peeled 🙂 (metaphorically of course!)
The first official honorary Discovery GemZone goes to (drumroll please)….ASMR interviews with W Magazine
First things first: What is ASMR? I like to define ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) as a euphoric tingling sensation activated by different sensations, sounds, or visuals. That in mind, and commonly misconnected about ASMR as well, I get why some of you may read that and think it sounds oddly sexual or like a fetish. IT’S NOT. Well not for me anyways, and not for a lot of us ASMR aficionados. Some of us may experience ASMR already but don’t know it simply because they are unfamiliar with the term (I used to be). You know how some of us experience a relaxing tingling sensation that starts in our scalp and trickle down our body when having our head massaged or if someone traces their finger up and down our spine? Well, some of us are lucky enough to experience that lovely soothing relaxation merely by viewing or hearing these sensation triggers. ASMR is about all triggers (ranging from a whispering voice to tapping fingers on a wooden hairbrush), and while the whole concept may seem oddly foreign or comical (trust me my boyfriend always laughs when I show him ASMR videos, and I get why, I’m not judging if it not your thing- some of the content can be pretty strange/hilarious!), but there is a massive community of us ASMRits out there, and I’m thrilled to get to experience something so wonderful. My anxiety means I am constantly living in my thoughts and it’s quite hard to get me to unwind, and ASMR videos more often than not allow me to be in the moment and release tension- the tingling sensations are exquisitely soothing (I become so relaxed I fall asleep watching/listening to many ASMR videos!).
There are a vast amount of ASMR videos on the internet, and I have my favourite trusted channels, but one that I recently discovered and particularly want to give recognition to is W Magazine. A renowned fashion and style publication, mainly presenting the trendiest what’s what and who’s who, I was ecstatic/bewildered that W Magazine would recognise one of my heart’s most fulfilled desires. Like I said, ASMR is very foreign and can be harshly criticised/dismissed by the unfamiliar/unaffected by it, so I’m happy to see the publication spread awareness on ASMR through people we mostly all know/have heard about- celebrities!
So how did they do it? Well, W magazine have celebrities talk about themselves/their work in a whispering/soft-spoken tone, and mostly performing some ASMR triggers while talking.
If you’re new and curious to ASMR but overwhelmed/scared by the thousands of videos on the internet, I think this is a great way to start off as most of these celebrities are completely unaware/confused about ASMR. Most of the videos are under 5 minutes long, so you can find plenty of short and sweet content 🙂 You may also find celebrities you admire, and learn something new about them- which is a win-win for newbies and current ASMRists.
That’s a perfect combo for me which is why I’m loving the videos, which lately there are new videos being uploaded on a weekly basis! I discovered W Magazine ASMR videos roughly a month ago- around 2 years ago after they begun to release them- which I’m happy over as it meant I was able to binge loads of videos in one sitting!
If you’re currently an ASMRist, like myself, I truly believe you will enjoy these videos even if you aren’t a fan of these celebrities, as a lot of the triggers are tingling inducing (merely the whispering is enough to put you into deep relaxation mode).
Currently, there are 13 ‘episodes’ out. My top 5 are…
Video Length: 36.05 minutes
Funny-lady of my heart, whom I have always immensely admired since her portrayal of April Ludgate on comedy Parks and Recreation, Audrey Plaza takes the number one spot on my list because she reveals she is an ASMR fan herself. Not only that, but we are treated to over 36 minutes of ASMR glory by Ms. Plaza! Most W Magazine videos average between 2 and 5 minutes, so to have such a long video done by someone who truly gets what ASMR is all about is a real treat. Also, Plaza manages to continue channeling her deadpan/take-the-piss out of everything humour delivery while talking- she’s making fun of ASMR subtly but you still know she loves it (No matter what we love, including ourselves, there is beauty in being able to losen up and not take ourselves seriously). During this video, you discover Aubrey’s journey into the film/television comedian she has become today (that is if you manage not to fall asleep before it’s over due to how relaxing her voice/triggerse are)
Highlight: When Plaza brushes feathers against the microphones
2. Lucy Hale
Video Length: 4:14 minutes
Famed Pretty Little Liars star, Lucy Hale, may have not heard of/experienced ASMR before this interview, but she certainly gave it a go and no one can fault her for that! In the run-up to her now premiered horror film Truth or Dare (find out why I call it a comedy here), Hale spends the video triggers ASMR not only through whispering, but by recreating the sounds from popular horror films (ranging from the type writer in The Shining to the stirring tea cup sound from Get Out).
Some may disagree with Hale making runner-up on my list after watching all the videos- she breaks into laughter a few times and I have read some comments that she is speaking too quickly. However, I have watched this video time and time again because I find Hale’s whisper super relaxing, and the ‘spooky sounds of horror’ provide plenty of relaxing tingles for me!
Highlight: When Lucy recreates Norman Bates brushing his mom’s hair in Psycho
3. Kate Hudson
Video Length: 5:30
I’m not convinced that Kate Hudson had any clue about ASMR when being approached for this video, but what’s so wonderful is that she clearly researched it beforehand because it was full of those oddly satisfying ASMR triggers I’m all about. Hudson appears to genuinely enjoy herself, and remains charming as ever, while spending most of the video creating relaxing sounds by interacting with fabrics. She doesn’t actually spend a lot of time talking about herself, but really invests her time attempting to engage the viewer with lots of lovely sounds. Also, she calls you ‘beautiful and a good person’- who wouldn’t want to hear that from Kate Hudson 😛
Highlight: When Kate swirls water with her finger
Eva LongoriaLength: 2:45
Model/actress/fashionista Ratajowski’s whispering voice is ideal- naturally soft and audible and speaks slowly, just listening to her whispering voice would be enough to activate my ASMR. I really enjoy this video as well because it is clear that Emily didn’t know about ASMR before, but she’s truly immersing herself and paying attention to sound, and I have a feeling she’s on her way to becoming an ASMRist herself 🙂
Highlight: Emily showcasing her designer bag collaboration with The Kooples
Numero 5, and the final spot on my shoutout list, goes to Model/Body Activist Ashley Graham. Even more so than Lucy Hale, Graham was very confused about what ASMR is and could not associate with it. Yet she gave it a go and I found the video super relaxing, in particular because of the below highlight…
Highlight: When Graham brushes the microphone with makeup brushes whilst beautifully singing an operatic tune
To check out the rest of the videos W Magazine has to offer on ASMR, view below(I have ranked the remaining videos in order from most to least favourite after my top 5)
Starting from top left to bottom right (full video library here):
6. Eva Longoria
7. Salma Hayek
8. Melissa Benoist
9. Juno Temple
10. Gal Gadot
11. Margot Robbie
12. Cara Delevingne
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you discovered something new today that you can enjoy 🙂
Any thoughts/feedback/comments/queries/ASMR recommendations, please feel free to contact me below!