Are the Zieglers the most talented sister-duo? Probably. Well, Charli D’Amelio [net worth: $4 million] and Dixie D’Amelio [net worth: $700,000] still need time to get up that ladder. That dance academy they went to really did a number on their careers. With all the practice, the two have built the talent from the ground up. Also, they’ve been able to expand their personal life with many connections in the rising-talent industry.
Born Mackenzie Frances Ziegler on June 4, 2004 (age 16), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mack Z (she hates the name by the way) trained to dance at 2 and sing at 6. And everything paid off. Her mom, Melissa Ziegler–Gisoni and dad Kurt Ziegler divorced in 2011 as Melissa went on to marry Greg Gisoni in 2013. The sisters gained older step-siblings, Matthew and Michelle, from the second marriage. They already had other older step-brothers Tyler and Ryan from Kurt’s marriage prior to Melissa.
The family still get together sometimes.
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Mackenzie and sister Maddie Ziegler [net worth: $5 million] have come a long way since their parents filing for bankruptcy in 2009. Yeah, they were spending almost twice as much as they were earning every month while owing over a million dollars to credits, and it was part of the reason their mom and dad separated. For now, both their net worths have reversed those numbers.
Mackenzie Ziegler’s Net Worth’s Multiple Income Sources
As of May 2020, Mackenzie Ziegler accumulated a net worth of $3.5 million as a dancer, singer, actress, model, author, reality star, fashion designer, activist and social media influencer. That’s a lot to take in, huh? She & Maddie first rose to prominence when their dance academy went famous and started collecting paychecks with Lifetime‘s dance reality show, Dance Moms, in 2011. Maddie went on to feature in Sia‘s music videos when the singer/songwriter made her comeback with her face covered, and Mackenzie branched out to pursue a professional singing career.
Don’t call her Mack Z.
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The 16-year-old got into acting when she appeared on TV for the first time in 2015 with an episode of Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. She’d only been in music videos before, including that collaboration with Johnny Orlando, Day & Night. After her first appearance, she expressed her interest in acting as she returned with Maddie to the show in a 2017 episode.
With the cameo acting appearance, she also got into her first modeling thing by walking down the Polo Ralph Lauren Runway in NYC, with Maddie, of course. She went on to be the face of Polo Ralph Lauren‘s children’s spring 2016 collection. She got her author credit when she released a novel, or rather a self-help book, Kenzie’s Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, in 2018.
In truth, Mackenzie has more tags as a definition than Maddie.
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As for fashion & beauty, with deals with several clothing brands, she released her own T-shirt line and a cosmetics line in 2018. Her reality TV career expanded with the Dancing with the Stars: Juniors appearances. Of course, her social media portfolio expanded with tons of followers on her pages. It’s also important to note that she’s a philanthropist as well.
Breaking It Down: Reality TV and Acting
Mackenzie and Maddie are grateful for their parents allowing them to pursue their interest in dance. But it was rather their early decision to get them into dancing that actually brought out the talent in them. When Mackenzie was two and Maddie was four, the parents recruited them to the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh. The younger one actually became the youngest member of the ALDC Jr. Elite Competition team.
Abby Lee had some talented young dancers at her studio.
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Despite the bankruptcy and the divorce, she continued to dance. In fact, former dance teacher Abby Lee Miller once stated that the studio went on to become a second home for the sisters during the divorce as it distracted them from everything that was happening in their actual house.
But as the dance company rose to popularity, they and Melissa grabbed the chance to be a part of Dance Moms in 2011. She appeared in about 160 episodes of the show before leaving in 2016 after six seasons in order to expand every other project that was approaching her. She also appeared in every other spin-off or specials of Dance Moms. Those include Abby’s Studio Rescue, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and the Christmas specials. She reportedly made $1,000 per episode for the first four seasons ($1,500 including bonuses) and $2,000 per episode in season 5.
She later competed in Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018, where she was partnered with Sage Rosen and finished second. She likely made over $100,000 for her part in the competition.
Watch: Mackenzie Ziegler Danced to Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ for the Finals
As dance has been really close to the sisters, they conducted a dance workshop tour of Australia in January 2017, with the second tour in Australia & New Zealand in mid-2018, as she’d featured in a 2017 dance advertisement for General Electric. They dance for Dance Mechanics now.
When she got her first appearance as Lily in Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, her acting interest piqued, and people even mention how she is better at that than Maddie. She lent her voice as the lead in the 2018 animated movie, Ice Princess Lily, and starred alongside Annie LeBlanc [net worth: $2.5 million] in the Holiday Spectacular special later that year. Also, she portrayed Dorothy in On the Scene with Lindalee‘s 2018 episode, The Winter of OZ.
‘Holiday Spectacular’ is actually a TV special for ‘Total Eclipse’.
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Her biggest role came with the 10-minute series, Total Eclipse, in 2018 as Cassie. She stars alongside Lauren Orlando, Nadia Turner and Emily Skinner as they’ve appeared in every episode of the show in its four seasons. Her next project, the sci-fi movie, Let Us In, which is in the post-production stage set for a 2020 release. But we’ll have to wait on that date.
Hating the Name ‘Mack Z’ and Close Relationship with Johnny Orlando
As she joined Dance Moms, she’d also already started taking singing classes. But her debut in singing only came in 2014. She surprisingly started with her debut album, Mack Z, in April 2014 under Kismet Music Inc., as she also used the title as her stage name. It peaked #1 on the iTunes pop charts and #7 on the overall iTunes’ albums sales chart. Her music video for the single, It’s a Girl Party, also peaked #1 on the iTunes pop chart.
Watch: It’s One of the Most-Watched Music Videos of Mackenzie Ziegler
She continued to release music videos and then again singles with their music videos in 2015 and 2016. But something happened for her to not like being called Mack Z anymore, as she released her first single under her full name in November 2016. It was a collaboration with Johnny Orlando, Day & Night. The music video was released in December 2016, and the fame it brought prompted them to go on the Day & Night Tour together across North America and the UK in 2017 & 2018. Jacob Sartorius [net worth: $1.5 million] also went on a tour with Orlando at a different time.
Erm… No, Ziegler and Orlando were not dating.
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The two released more singles together, What If and I Like Me Better. In November 2018, she released her second album, Phases. She signed with Arista Records in mid-2019 and toured the US as the warm-up act for the band PRETTYMUCH. One single on that album, Wonderful, was written by Sia herself.
Mackenzie signed a record contract with Sony Music Entertainment in July 2019 that included an advance of $175,000 to her growing net worth with $9,000, $12,000 and $15,000 to be included for the first three years since then, plus 20% of all royalties in all formats and a $300,000 recording budget.
Oh, and Mackenzie calls Isaak Presley her partner in crime!
Everything Else She’s Done: Being on the Cover of ‘Girls’ Life Magazine’s April/May 2018 Issue
It’s not unnatural for the likes of her to expand their field of career when it comes to the entertainment industry. Her entry into the fashion world happened after she released her first music album. She and her sister teamed up with Abby Lee and started to design and style a line of clothes to released under The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection for a limited time at US retailer Mod Angel in October 2014. Only 100 pieces of each item were produced with most of them being sold out pretty quickly.
Yeah, Mackenzie is a model as well.
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So yeah, walking the ramp for Ralph Lauren was not the sister’s first foray into fashion. The pair walked hand-in-hand at the runway for the Polo Ralph Lauren Fall 2015 Children’s Fashion Show. The event was held to benefit literacy at NYC’s Central Park Zoo. It was just a few months after Maddie featured in Sia’s Chandelier music video. They also appeared in an ad campaign video for Glamour Magazine in the same month of August 2015.
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Following the walk for Ralph Lauren, the sisters became the face of Clean & Clear for their campaign in July 2016. Mackenzie also became the face of Polo Ralph Lauren‘s children’s spring 2016 collection since April. She also released the Kenzie Ziegler TurnBoard, starting for $34.95, that year, adding more to her gracious net worth. It’s a tool to help beginners with dance. She collaborated with Emily West for another dress line, Mackenzie X Emily West, in February 2017.
Mackenzie’s collaboration with Justice was also a big one in 2017/18 as she released her Justice back-to-school activewear line in August 2017 and Mackenzie Ziegler for Justice spring collection for 2018 designed by Mackenzie herself. They feature tops, leotards, shorts, leggings and more, emblazoned with inspirational sayings like Move to Your Own Beat and I ❤ Music. The tween retailer also collaborated for her Teamwork music video to promote the former line. It also included an anti-bullying theme.
And yep, she designs the clothes herself too.
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Kenzie also released her T-shirt line, Tee4Too, in 2017 and collaborated with FanJoy for a line of sweatshirts and tees. Her cosmetics line, Love, Kenzie, was launched in the fall of 2018, inspired by her friends. The highlighter is Kenzie’s favorite product from the line.
Then there’s her book. In May 2017, she announced that she was writing her own book, Mackenzie’s Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, to be released via Gallery Books in summer 2018. It was released in May 2018 and ranked #7 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for juvenile non-fiction.
Growing up and trying to find your way in this world can be tough. … I am still figuring it out myself. I feel like it will really help kids with how to be more confident with themselves.
She wanted young people to know her as well through the book.
Using Dance for Philanthropy
Dance and the book weren’t the only things she used to inspire people. The trio of Maddie, Mackenzie and Melissa partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation in order to raise awareness for seriously ill youth and their families at NYC Upper West Side’s Stoopher & Boots in 2012, when Dance Moms was renewed for a third season. They also collaborated with another tween clothing line Purple Pixies to launch the Ziegler Dance Team T-shirts, $5 from the purchase of each of which went to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The trio teamed up with Dancer Against Cancer.
Photo Source: Maddie Ziegler, Instagram
Upon leaving Dance Mom, the sisters with JoJo Siwa [net worth: $15 million] also went on to raise awareness and funding in support of cancer patients. They teamed up with Dancer Against Cancer wearing the I’m a Dancer Against Cancer T-shirts for it. Love Your Melons also got a collaboration with the sisters.
Maddie and Mackenzie also became the face of the Birthday Mail campaign from DoSomething.org since May 2016, through which they were able to send birthday cards for children in homeless shelters. They were enlisted on their 2016 list of charitable young celebrities. In 2018, they performed at We Charity‘s We Day Alberta in Canada. Plus, they played for My Friend’s Place on Celebrity Family Feud in June 2019 with mom, aunt and a special guest, dancer Charlize Glass.
With all the time they need to put into dancing (they were reported to have trained from 1 to 9 pm six days a week in the early days), Kenzie does find it hard to make time to watch YouTube or be constant on social media. But The sisters do take their time out for using them.
Sometimes, you gotta handle the embarrassment from the parents.
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And when the parents use them, it’s kind of weird for the famous kids. And especially for the Ziegler sisters. They’re actually glad that only one of their parents, their mom, is on social media. They’ve recalled numerous times Melissa did something to make them feel embarrassing.
Whatever the case, there’s no denying they still earn pretty from social media. In fact, they’re big on TikTok as well. Plus, she’s won the Choice Muser award at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, among other multiple nominations over the years.
With 14 million followers on her Instagram page, kenzie, she adds somewhere between $26,500 and $46,100 to her net worth from each of her posts through sponsorships, and she’s posted over 1000 times.
(In an unsurprised tone) She’s pretty big on YouTube with about 3.5 million subscribers. She announced her boyfriend Isaak a little while ago as she gets multi-million views mostly in her music videos. They’re not limited to music videos only.
Watch: Take a Tour of Her Room in LA from 2018
Plus, she also used another YouTube Channel, named Mack Z, which she stopped using since not liking the name anymore. The subscriber-number there’s still a little below a million.
Yeah, not a surprise. But considering their busy time, it is actually a surprise. She’s only posted over a hundred times, and with 16.6 million followers on her page, Mackenzie Ziegler, she earns an average of around $13,000 for each of her posts through sponsorship and ad revenue. She’s collaborated with some TikTok stars like Addison Rae [net worth: $3 million] and Bryce Hall [net worth: $750,000].
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