Illymation Biography

Illymation, also known as Ilyssa Levy, is an American animator, YouTuber, and musician who has captivated over 2.17 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. Through her captivating story-time animations, she has gained a dedicated following. While she delves into deep and personal topics, Illymation always aims to provide a silver lining, reminding her viewers that everything will be okay. One of her most notable series revolves around her experience with an abusive ex-boyfriend, which has not only resonated with her fans but also prompted them to seek advice from her. In response, she created a video featuring a professional to address their questions and continues to encourage her fans to open up about abuse. Illymation has collaborated with esteemed animators such as ItsAlexClark, Emirichu, Wolfychu, and SomethingElseYT. Her accomplishments include being featured in ‘YouTube Rewind 2018,’ being a highlighted creator at VidCon Anaheim 2019, and receiving a nomination at the 2020 ‘Streamy Awards.’

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Ilyssa Levy
  • Age: 26 Years, 26 Year Old Females
  • Born Country: United States
  • Notable Alumni: East Carolina University
  • Education: Franklinton High School

Rise to Stardom

Illymation’s journey to stardom began while she was attending college in California. She was introduced to YouTube animator Alex Clark by Chris Tanimayto, and she started interning for Alex Clark. During this period, she learned how to create story-time animations on YouTube. Eventually, she started uploading videos on her own YouTube channel, illymation. Her first video, titled “UnAmerican Airlines Cancelled My Trip,” was posted on January 15, 2018. In her second video, which was uploaded on January 19, 2018, she introduced herself and her channel, and also outlined her goals for YouTube.

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Continued Success

Illymation continued to upload more story-time videos, such as “Cussed Out by a Stranger (ft. Rebaka-Chan),” “Harassed at Chick-fil-A (Work Stories),” and “My Video Game Boyfriend.” By this time, she had gained recognition after participating in a multi-editor project (MEP) with other animators, and she had crossed 100K subscribers. However, it was her three-part series about her past abusive relationship that became very popular and contributed to her quick rise on the platform. The first part of the series, titled “How I Met My Abusive (ex) Boyfriend,” was posted on September 7, 2018, and it garnered over 12 million views within the year. Her channel reached the 1 million subscriber milestone by January 2019.

Family & Personal Life

Illymation, whose birth name is Ilyssa “Illy” Levy, was born on September 15, 1997, in North Carolina, United States. She has a brother named Graham, who sometimes creates music for her videos. She attended Franklinton High School before moving to California for higher education. She was coerced into moving by her controlling boyfriend at the time and enrolled in an animation course at Laguna College of Art and Design. During her teenage years, she worked at Chick-fil-A and an ice cream shop. In May 2022, she was diagnosed with autism. She also has two pet cats named Luigi and Juniper.


Illymation’s first relationship began when she was only 13 years old. She started dating a 17-year-old boy named Haris after meeting him on a collaborative drawing website called ‘ArtSpots.’ The relationship was abusive, with Haris being attention-hungry and often getting angry at her for spending time on anything or anyone other than him. He even pressured her to send explicit pictures of her underage body and threatened to commit suicide if she tried to end the relationship. When she moved to California for college, she met him face-to-face for the first time, and their first proper date was not pleasant either. As she made new friends in college, she expressed her desire for a break, but when that didn’t go well, she finally decided to end the relationship. However, her attempt to get a restraining order against him failed.

During her early interactions with Haris, she was contacted by one of his schoolmates named Holly, who had been harassed by him before. Holly warned Illymation about Haris. After Illymation uploaded the first video in her “abusive boyfriend” series, Holly contacted her again, and they were able to meet up and discuss their experiences, which was documented in the third video of the series. Illymation mentioned that the traumatic experience has made it difficult for her to fall in love again and trust people. Shortly after ending her relationship with Haris, she started dating a guy named Calvin, who respected her boundaries. However, they eventually broke up because they realized they were better off as friends. They continue to maintain a friendship. A few months later, she began dating fellow animator Chris Tanimayto, whom she had met while interning for Alex Clark. They started dating after some awkward nights but eventually broke up. Illymation has described herself as “either bi or pan” and later revealed her gender to be demigirl with she/they pronouns.

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