Zoella dropped from GCSE syllabus after sex toy review

Julia Hunt
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 EDITORIAL USE ONLY YouTube vlogger Zoella, real name Zoe Suggs, at the launch of her pop-up store at Westfield Stratford City in London.
Zoe Sugg (PA)

YouTuber Zoella has been dropped from a GCSE media studies syllabus after she posted a sex toy review online.

Zoella – whose real name is Zoe Sugg – had been one of the online stars who was studied as part of exam board AQA’s GCSE course.

But it seems she ruffled some feathers with some of her material, which includes a review entitled “The Best Sex Toys to Spice Up Your Life in 2021” that she put on her Zoella website earlier this month.

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The star has now been removed from the board’s curriculum because some of her content is aimed at an adult audience.

Sandra Allan, AQA’s Head of Curriculum for Creative Arts, told Yahoo in a statement: “GCSE Media Studies includes the analysis of online and social media and we added Zoella in 2017.

“At the time, all her content was appropriate for teaching, but some of Zoella’s recent content is aimed specifically at an adult audience and isn’t suitable for GCSE students.

 EDITORIAL USE ONLY YouTube vlogger Zoella, real name Zoe Suggs, at the launch of her pop-up store at Westfield Stratford City in London.
Zoe Sugg (PA)

“As a result, we’ve removed the section on Zoella from the course, and we’ve contacted our schools and colleges to let them know.”

Zoella, 30, has not commented on the decision.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Zoe Sugg (L) and brother Joe Sugg aka Thatcherjoe attend YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg's (Zoella) launch of her debut beauty collection at 41 Portland Place on September 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Zoella Beauty)
Zoe Sugg and brother Joe Sugg in 2014 (David M. Benett/Getty Images for Zoella Beauty)

The vlogger – who is the big sister of Strictly star Joe Sugg - rose to fame after amassing millions of views when she started posting videos on YouTube in 2009.

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She is now an author and businesswoman with her own product ranges to her name, including beauty and homeware lines.

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