Anna McNulty is a 21-year-old Canadian dancer, cheerleader, self-taught contortionist, and social media personality, best known for her eponymous YouTube channel, on which she has amassed over 7.7 million subscribers, and her TikTok account, @annamcnulty, on which she has accrued more than 8.7 million followers. She became famous for her ability to stretch and twist her body into various poses thanks to the extreme flexibility of her spine, joints and skin.
Early life and education
Anna Elizabeth McNulty was born on 26 April 2002 in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada, and grew up in the New Brunswick province. Her mother is named Charlene, and she has an older sister, Grace McNulty, who has over 13,000 followers on her Instagram account, grace.mcnulty, and has collaborated content with Anna but isn’t as skilled at contortionism. Grace sells wall art and digital prints through her company, Grace’s Digital Canvas, and has a YouTube channel, @gracemcnulty3673, on which she has attracted an audience of over 13,000 subscribers with her GRWM (get ready with me), day in the life, and challenge videos. She graduated from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2022.
Anna showed interest in dancing in her youth, and her parents enrolled her in cheerleading when she was 10. She said that people noticed her flexibility then, and predicted that she would be adept at gymnastics and contortion, which require a mix of natural abilities greater than the general population, and years of work. She admitted in her Becoming a Gymnast in One Hour video that she also wanted to become a gymnast or a rhythmic gymnast but lacked the right opportunity and equipment. In her Q&A video from October 2021, Anna said that her family had two pet birds when she was young, but that they gave them away because they were loud and required daily maintenance. Anna took a gap year after matriculating from Saint John High School (SJHS) in 2020, to focus on her career, and might go to college after 2025. She bought her prom dress in New York City in late 2019.
Anna wanted to share her skills with the world, so in January 2015 she created her Instagram account, annaemcunulty, and posted several photos and videos of herself. She showed performances such as splits, handstands, front-bending, and back-bending at home and encouraged her followers to work on their flexibility. The last two poses were the most impressive, as her body becomes curved at the hip and spine forwards or backwards, according to Contortion Space. That means that Anna can place her hamstrings and sometimes the back of her knees behind her shoulders in a frontbend and touch the top of her head to the back of her knees or butt in a backbending pose. She followed that with displays of skills in public, from the beach to the stairs to notable buildings in Canada. Anna attracted sponsors quite early; she tagged brands such as Pins to Kill and Divina Dancewear in a post from October 2015.
Early YouTube career
Noticing an influx of followers and repeated questions prompted Anna to become active on her self-titled YouTube channel. Although she created it on 25 January 2014, she uploaded her first video in February 2016, which she deleted at some point. However, she kept the video tutorials that brought her renown, including ABC Dance/Cheer Challenge, How to do a Back Walkover, How to Fall Into a Bridge / Backbend, and Daily Stretching Routine for Flexibility.
In 2017, Anna expanded to uploading travel vlogs and behind-the-scenes footage from her photoshoots, then filmed a tour of her room in December, allowing her audience to know her better. Anna also traveled to New York City, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Moreover, she devised fun weekly challenges and follow-along transformations for her audience, while competing in cheerleading and posting contortion tutorials.
In 2019, Anna experimented even more, uploading question & answer (Q&A) videos and travel diaries, and documenting her skincare, hair care, and make-up routines. She filmed videos with her sister Grace and her then 74-year-old grandmother. Moreover, Anna revealed that she wanted to collaborate with a fellow YouTuber and contortionist, Sofie Dossi while promoting brands such as FabFitFun and RoseFit Apparel. Anna’s YouTube channel reached the one million subscribers milestone on 17 July 2019, and she ended the year on a high note by traveling to New York City to attend the red carpet event for the “High Strung Free Dance” movie premiere. Anna also revealed that most of her attire up to that point was made by Jo+Jax Dancewear and Lululemon brands.
Anna said in 2019 that she wanted to release her merchandise line, but didn’t want to design T-shirts or hoodies, and would instead create activewear, which she did with RoseFit Apparel in July 2019. Almost exactly two years later, in the video entitled The SECRET I’ve been Hiding from You, Anna announced her new product line, available on her website, www.annamcnulty.com. She showed yoga mats, stretch bands, and water bottles, which were close to a final product, but has yet to start selling them as of November 2023.
Diversifying her content
Anna continued to upload contortion tutorials in 2020 but also established a video series in which she recreates other social media personalities’ photos and videos. Some examples include dancers Lilly Ketchman and Elliana Walmsley from the “Dance Moms” TV series and Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae, who went viral on TikTok at the time. Anna also tried stretching and yoga challenges from TikTok, and helped her audience by filming ideas for a healthy breakfast and dessert, morning routine, full body workouts without gym equipment, or things to do when bored.
Anna also collaborated with YouTubers JustMerk and The Rybka Twins, began working with the Gymshark activewear brand, and created her first music video for the L.O.L. Surprise Remix Awards. Anna was also growing more popular on TikTok with short-form content based on her skills, but on 30 March 2020, TikTok temporarily banned her account from posting. She never stopped uploading home workouts, contortion tutorials, morning routines, and dietary suggestions afterwards. Anna occasionally interjected her regular uploads with pranks and 24-hour challenges. Her mother and sister also appeared in her videos more frequently, starting in early 2022.
Anna’s crucial career move was to audition during the 16th season of “America’s Got Talent,” a competition series that aired from June to September 2021. Contortionist Sofie Dossi found renown when she auditioned in 2017 and won third place. Anna wanted to follow suit, but the producers only broadcast about 18 seconds of Anna’s performance.
Moving to the US
In May 2022, Anna and her parents moved to Los Angeles, California, USA, another significant career move, as it allowed her to collaborate with content creators, gymnasts, dancers, and contortionists such as Jordan Matter, Sofie Dossi, Ninja Kidz, and Rebecca Zamolo. Furthermore, Anna announced another major milestone: competing for the first time at The Cheerleading Worlds 2022, one of the top-tier competitions. On her YouTube and TikTok account, Anna continued to mix dares and challenges with fun videos, such as creating a secret room in her house to prank her parents. In the Leaving My Childhood Home Forever video, uploaded in October 2023, Anna announced that she would move to another location in the US. However, she ended the video on a cliffhanger, and chose not to reveal the area in her video My New House Tour! uploaded on 5 November.
Anna McNulty is single. She said in nearly all of her Q&A videos that she would announce when she finds a boyfriend, as her fans frequently assume that she is hiding him. She had her first kiss at the middle school dance with the guy she dated.
- Her favorite middle school subjectswere technology and mathematics.
- Anna’s favorite day of the week is Monday.
- Anna’s favorite birthday celebrationwas for her 13th; she went to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, and swam with dolphins.
- Her top 3 contortion posesare needle, wall splits, and arch handstand.
- Her left splits are more flexible than her right splits.
- She has a driver’s license.
- Anna’s favorite skincare brand is Drunk Elephant.
- Being a content creator is her dream job.
- She is a perfectionist but would advise her younger self that not everything has to be perfect.
- Anna isn’t an introvert but doesn’t enjoy going to parties and big celebrations.
- Lifestyle vloggers are her favorite YouTube content creators, and her travel vlogs are her favorite video type to record.
- Aerial is Anna’s favorite acrobatics trick.
- Anna films her videos with the Canon Rebel EOS SL2 DSLR camera, and edits them with the Final Cut Pro software.
- Several videos of her earliest collaboration with dancer Lilly Ketchman disappeared because she pressed the wrong button on her camera while checking the footage.
- Anna’s favorite color is pink.
- Her favorite makeup brand is Tarte Cosmetics.
- Her favorite Netflix shows in 2020 were “Dragons’ Den,” “Shark Tank,” and “Cheer.”
- Her favorite TV shows are “America’s Got Talent” and “Dance Moms.” However, she rarely watches television or long online video streams, as she quickly becomes restless.
- Anna’s favorite season is summerbecause she loves the heat; there is misinformation that winter is her favorite season.
- She got her gray cat, Sophie, as a Christmas gift in 2016. She also has a black one named Willow, while her sister has a cat named Maya.
- Her favorite Starbucks drinks are coconut and almond milk lattes.
- She wants to travel across Europe,and spend time in France, England and Italy.
- Anna doesn’t think she’ll try alcohol.
- Her least favorite contortionist actis chest stands because she finds breathing difficult during the performance.
Anna McNulty has naturally light brown hair and dark brown eyes, is 4ft 11ins (1.5m) tall, and weighs about 88lbs (40kgs). Anna’s ears aren’t pierced; her mom did not want the pediatrician to do it when she was a baby, and Anna never felt the need to visit a specialist.
As of late-2023, Anna McNulty has a net worth of about $5 million. According to Anna’s YouTube channel’s SocialBlade.com analytics, she’s earned between $145,000 and $2.3 million yearly, and between $12,000 and $193,000 monthly. On top of preparing a merchandise line for her brand, Anna has recently collaborated with Halara Leggings, Rhythm Jewellery, and Gymshark and earned a sizable sum from the sponsorships. However, buying and lavishly decorating her house in November 2023 put a dent in her savings.