Beauty blogger Zoella shared an important message about health with her legions of fans on Wednesday. The 26-year-old revealed to her five million Twitter followers that she had gone for her first smear test, and urged her fans to do the same.
Zoella urged her fans to book their cervical screenings
"Just had my first smear. NGL, I was very nervous but it was honestly absolutely fine!" she explained. "If you need to book one, let this be your reminder."
The British beauty, also took the time to reply to fans who replied to her tweet with questions about the test. When one of her followers revealed that they were nervous about making their first appointment, Zoella reassured them. "It really isn't so bad," she wrote, before admitting that she herself had been increasingly nervous before heading to her screening.
She confessed: "I conjured up all sorts in my mind haha it will be absolutely fine & so quick x."
The beauty guru took time to answer fans' queries
A smear test – also known as a cervical screening – is to check a woman for any signs of developing cervical cancer. This type of cancer is the most common in women under 35 years old, with around 3,100 women in the UK being diagnosed each year according to Cancer Research.
In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, women from ages 25 to 49 are invited by the NHS cervical screening programme for free tests every three years. After that, they are invited every five years until the age of 64.
She recently received a YouTube Diamond Play Button
It's been a busy few weeks for Zoella, who was catapulted to fame thanks to her popular lifestyle blog. The beauty guru recently celebrated a milestone in her career when she revealed she had won YouTube's Diamond Play Button award for garnering over 10 million YouTube subscribers to her channel on the video website. The star took to Instagram to celebrate the exciting moment with her fans.
"Look what I was given today!" she said, alongside a snap of herself holding the trophy and beaming for the camera. "It's my 10 million YouTube subscriber diamond play button."
She added: "I'm the first UK female creator to have one of these & it's all down to you guys. Thanks for all your continued support, love & positivity! I think we make a great team LOVE YOU ALL."