Social media fans know that, back in the day, MAGCON was the way to meet all your favorite influencers. Now, it’s been more than seven years since the iconic meet and greet convention first launched in 2013, and time has seriously flown by.
MAGCON was a group of Vine-famous teens that consisted of Aaron Carpenter, Jack Johnson, Jack Gilinsky, Cameron Dallas, Shawn Mendes, Nash Grier, Hayes Grier, Matthew Espinosa, Taylor Caniff and Carter Reynolds. Their social media success led to some major tours, where the 11 members would travel around the country for huge fan conventions, meet and greets and performances. A behind-the-scenes look at the entire operation was filmed for the Netflix series Chasing Cameron, which hit the streaming service in December 2016.
“I want to build something where these kids have a place to go that’s safe, that’s fair, that’s reasonable, and that’s actually in their favor,” Cameron told Teen Vogue about MAGCON in May 2016. “That’s one of my biggest missions.”
He continued at the time, “I’m working on bridging the gap between mainstream famous and internet famous. They’re two different things, but eventually social media will be the way to become a celebrity.”
MAGCON officially came to its bittersweet end in 2017 and, since then, some fans have wondered what the former members are up to now. Well, J-14 did some investigating and it turned out a lot of them went on to do some pretty epic things. From major music careers to starring on Broadway and everything in between, it’s safe to say that Magcon was just the beginning for these stars!
Of course, the biggest success story to come out of the group of early influencers is Shawn’s music career. “It was a really cool, intimate thing with us and our fans on Vine. Ever since the beginning of that, things have been blowing up for all of us,” the Canada native said of MAGCON during a July 2014 interview with EW. Now, things have really blown up for the “In My Blood” singer!
But, Shawn’s not the only former MAGCON member to have made a name for himself in Hollywood since gaining fame online. Some have kicked off TV careers, music careers and even continued their reign as internet superstars on TikTok, which has since become synonymous to Vine in the social media world. Scroll through the gallery to see what your favorite OG Magcon members are up to now.
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