(CMR) Jamaican social media star and mental health advocate Julie Mango was selected as the “Best Jamaican Social Media Personality” of 2022 at the Best of Jamaica Awards Show presented by Jamaicans.com.
Julie Mango can be found on popular social media networks where she makes daily humorous but realistic posts.
Julie Mango, born Juliet Bodley in Clarendon, Jamaica, was nicknamed “Julie Mango” by her father because of her love for the Julie mango.
Besides comedy, Julie Mango is a certified Life Coach, a renowned public speaker, a former member of the Jamaica Defense Force, a lifelong cadet, a trained pilot, and a university graduate with a master of science in engineering management.
Julie Mango attributes much of her talent as a comedian to her father and uncle, whom she listened to growing up. As a child, Julie would listen to her father, Basil Bodley, and her uncle, Hugh Bodley, telling stories in Jamaican patois, which is how she learned the language’s slang and dramatic expressions.
According to Jamaicans.com, her father and uncle were natural performers and good storytellers. As a young child, Julie listened to them, she learned their performance skills, including mannerisms, how they told jokes, and how they talked about their daily experiences. These skills became part of her at an early age, and her school drama teacher, Juliet Folie, helped her to refine her skills later on.
She started her popular TikTok when the COVID-19 lockdown began in 2020. She made her first video, “How Jamaicans Give Praise vs. How Americans Give Praise.” Although she didn't expect anyone to see it, the video went viral.
Julie currently produces content every weekday and focuses on skits about Jamaica’s people and culture, which she posts to Instagram and TikTok.
She also takes time to encourage everyone to take care of their mental health as she has dealt with her own struggles in the past. A survivor of multiple suicide attempts, she stresses the importance of self-care.