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If you're not willing to subject yourself to scathing criticism on Idol (hey, at least Simon's gone!), finding rags-to-riches success in the music industry might seem like a pipe dream. But really, forget that primetime rat race. YouTube is the ticket to success for any aspiring vocalist with talent these days. Just look at YT vet Justin Bieber rolling around town in his Ferrari! To bring things full circle, the VanJess wonder women we're featuring today started out in '08 covering tunes by the Biebs and Beyoncé, and are now well on their way to becoming (we hope), the next M.I.A. (x2).
With over 220,000 subscribers and 48 million vid views, Nigerian-American sisters Jessica and Ivana have voices like songbirds and style like stone-cold foxes. And there's no sibling rivalry here, either. The two amigas share clothes freely and jam out to everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Stevie Wonder (they even people-watch together for inspiration!). We love grooving to their R&B-meets-rock sound, always spewed from poppy MAC-drenched pouts, so we went behind the screens to find out what they're all about. Cruise our crazy-stylish snaps, and get your free fix online while you can — we're pretty sure the A&R dudes are hot on their tails! Next thing you know, it will be them behind the wheel of a hot ride (can't you picture a pink vintage convertible in their futures?).
Photographed by Maia Harms