Crystal Westbrooks is one of the five sisters who run their own TV reality show “The Westbrooks”, launched by BET. She is also known for her short affair with Drake, the famous Canadian rapper, who was apparently ‘stolen’ from her by her younger sister, India Love.
Early life and family
Crystal Westbrooks was born on 6 March 1994, in Compton, California USA, so her zodiac sign is Pisces, and she holds American nationality. Her father is Warren Westbrooks, and her mother Candace “Candy” Westbrooks – they own a landscaping company called Royal Blunts. She comes from a multi-ethnic family, with Indian, Creole, Spanish and African-American background. Crystal has four sisters: Brooke Lauren, Morgan, India Love and Bree Candace, and two brothers named Blake and Pop Warren Jr. Crystal is still very close to her parents, who have lived together for almost 35 years.
She also shared that her mother was always very supportive and helped her daughters a lot when they launched their own reality show; their father also encouraged his kids: ‘Don’t work for anybody. Be your own boss’, he used to repeat since they were little.
Crystal started her education in Ambler Avenue Elementary School, located in Carson, California. Later she studied at Santiago High School, from where she matriculated in 2011, and where she was into sports – cross-country and track – and completed her cheerleading classes Later she enrolled at Texas Southern University, but had some troubles with attending her classes as she had a very tight filming schedule for their reality show “The Westbrooks” in 2014-2015, so she had to take a year-off to balance the things in her life. In 2016 she graduated with a BA in business. Crystal is the only person in the Westbrooks family who has completed tertiary education.
BET launches “The Westbrooks” series
In 2014, when the Black Entertainment Television network offered the Westbrook sisters a reality TV show about their family, Crystal instantly understood it was something she wanted to do. She always dreamt of becoming a model and actress, so it was a great opportunity for her to show off her skills. The reason why BET and four other networks were interested in the Westbrook sisters was pretty interesting – Crystal and India started posting their high quality photos on Tumblr, and people liked their pictures: ‘My dad has this really expensive camera, and he would let us use it. And we would just go out and take still pictures, upload them to Tumblr, and people were like, ‘We love the quality of the pictures’ and ‘We love the clothes they’re wearing’, Crystal shared in her interview with Allure in 2015.
Not to miss the filming, Crystal had to fly from Texas where she was studying to California and back once a week. Such flights were often exhausting, and Crystal sometimes felt she couldn’t bare it all, but still did her best for the show. According to the plot, she was the biggest rival of her younger sister, India Love, who was the main character of the series, plus the other Westbrook sisters. Crystal also behaved spacey in most of conflict situations, which attracted even more attention to her personality.
Social media career
When there were only rumors that the Westbrook sisters could land their own show on TV, Crystal started her Instagram account and also created her profile on Tumblr to raise her fame. She posted her first photo on Instagram on 30 August 2013, and soon attracted a lot of subscribers and followers, posting quite explicit photos of her wearing tiny bikinis, barely covering her impressive curves.
In 2015 she signed several commercial contracts with such brands as Pretty Little Thing and Fashion Nova to advertise their apparel lines. She also worked as a model for such brands as The Queen Pegasus Makeup and Tiffany Jewels; Crystal appeared in several promotional videos of Slender Me Medical Health Spa. She is also an ambassador of the brand SugarBearHair, which provides hair vitamins in the form of jelly bears. As of 2020, Crystal has gained a massive following of 1.2 million subscribers on her Instagram account.
In 2018 Crystal filmed and uploaded a video about her trip to Mexico onto her YouTube channel. She managed to catch the brawl between her friends during this trip, but still included the episode in the final version of the video. The scene was massively criticized by viewers, and it probably demotivated Crystal, as she didn’t upload any other videos on her channel.
Other endeavors and business initiatives
Crystal is famous for her thick super curly hair, which became her visiting card. In 2016 she launched her own hair care products line called “Crystal Curls”, explaining that her desire to have her own products, as she knew a lot about the caring procedures which help to deal with such curly and messy hair as she had, so she wanted to help other girls who faced similar issues. Her line includes shampoos, balsams, conditioners and masks. She also created her own brand of dreadlocks, Harley Dreux, as she wore dreadlocks herself from 2017 to 2018. As a model, she is assigned to Above and Beyond Model Management, Los Angeles.
Personal life, ex-boyfriends Steven Russell and Drake
In 2015 Crystal was in relationship with her high school sweetheart, Steven Russell.
He was a rapper and actor, who witnessed her rise to stardom and had to deal with the fame Crystal was quickly gaining, to keep their relationship strong, but their affair came to an abrupt end at the beginning of 2016.
Steven, the son of Steven Russell Harts Sr., the lead singer of the band called Troop, which was a multi-platinum-selling group in the ‘80s, went on to pursue his rap career, but declined two contracts from recording studios, as they didn’t give him any benefits. The same year he started being troubled by Crystal, he lost his two grandmothers, Mary and Bernice, and also his manager and close friend, Rob, so he was totally broken. Crystal couldn’t support him as she was too busy with her own issues – studying, filming and business, so the couple split.
I'm not just no anybody, I got status? pic.twitter.com/jl1gsmziOx
— Crystal WestBrooks (@westb_crystal) March 2, 2019
In 2016 Crystal dated the famous Canadian rapper Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham), following him on his world tour, and accompanying him to such events as Coachella. However, by the end of 2016 they broke up, and n 2017 Drake started dating Crystal’s younger sister, India Love. ‘That awkward moment she hops on your exs’, she tweeted in March 2017, but later deleted her tweets. Drake than dated Rihanna among other personalities.
As of 2020 Crystal remains single, though she is still dreaming of a perfect match: ‘I like men with pain or strife because it makes me feel good to try to make that pain go away. Weird’, she writes on her Twitter account.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Being into sports from her school years, Crystal is way too good at snowboarding, ice-skating and other winter sports.
- She also likes going to history museums and art galleries.
- Crystal feels better in nature, enjoying walks in the forests, near waterfalls or the ocean, but also likes road trips and camping, and enjoys watching the starry sky.
- Crystal thinks that reading is essential, and often visits book stores to grab a new book or two. She also.
- She likes spending any spare time watching a Netflix series (she is a big fan of “Game of Thrones”) and to enjoy a piece of toasted Digiorno pizza.
- Her favorite animals are lions and tigers.
Crystal has naturally curly chestnut hair, which she earlier dyed and braided into dreadlocks, but then gave up and had it as it wis: ‘Growing up in grade school my mom would slick my hair back in a pony tail every day, so when I got older I just wore it free and wild’, she reflected in one of her Instagram posts. Crystal is 5ft 3ins (1.60m) tall, weighs around 138lbs (63kgs), and her vital statistics are 36-24-36. Crystal never wears make-up until she has to for her commercial shooting – she doesn’t own any make-up, and doesn’t even have a make-up bag. When she wakes up in the morning, she only washes her face with just water, never even using any soap. She adores her freckles and doesn’t want to hide them.
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, Crystal is reported to have a net worth estimated at over $5 million. As to her Instagram account, she gets up to $4,000 per sponsored post.