Singh at the 2014 VidCon
September 26, 1988 |
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||YouTube personality, motivational speaker, comedienne|
Lilly Singh (pronounced [lɪlɪ sɪŋɡʱ]; born 26 September 1988), also known by her YouTube pseudonym Superwoman (styled "IISuperwomanII"), is an Indo-Canadian YouTube personality, motivational speaker and comedienne. She has also taken part in rapping and film acting. After beginning her channel in 2010, her videos have gathered over 400 million views and her channel has over 4 million subscribers. She is particularly known for her satirical takes on everyday life.
Early life and background
Lilly Singh was born on 26 September, 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario in Canada, to parents from Punjab, India. Singh has described herself as a tomboy during her childhood years. She has a degree in Psychology from York University. Despite living in Canada for most of her life, Singh shares a strong connection with her Punjabi heritage, and says that she likes visiting India.
Whilst growing up, Singh aspired to be some sort of entertainer, though was unsure of what field to pursue. She came up with the concept of "Superwoman" around the age of eleven, after she had heard a song of the same name and in 2010, Singh decided to start her YouTube channel under that pseudonym (her channel is called "IISuperwomanII"). Singh says that one of the reasons she decided to pursue a career as a YouTube entertainer was due to the "lack of a female presence especially within the South Asian community." She also has expressed a desire to raise awareness of the ignorance within the South Asian community through her videos: "There’s ignorance in every single community and I’m well aware of that; but I think because I’ve been more exposed to ignorance in the South Asian community – especially in relation to divorced or single mothers, abuse, racism and homophobia – it irritates me."
The Indian culture is a major inspiration for her videos and she has gained popularity for her satirical takes on everyday life and activities people complain about. Some of her popular videos include "How Girls Get Ready", "Types of Kids at School", "Girls On Their Periods" and those about parents. Singh also creates vlogs on a separate channel called "SuperwomanVlogs". In addition to her solo acts, she has collaborated with other YouTube entertainers such as Ryan Higa and Miranda Sings, as well as Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit. As of September 2014, her channel has over 4 million subscribers and her videos have holistically gathered over 400 million views.
In addition to making YouTube videos, Singh is a motivational speaker for school children and performs stand-up comedy. In July 2014, Singh released a song titled "#LEH" in a collaboration with Humble The Poet. She has a website under the name "Unicorn Island", which sells clothes based on her YouTube persona. She also had a small part in the Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie, which featured Kunal Nayyar in the lead.
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