Lilly Singh

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Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Singh at the 2014 VidCon
Born (1988-09-26) September 26, 1988 (age 25)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Indo-Canadian
Other names Superwoman
Occupation YouTube personality, motivational speaker, actress, singer
Years active 2010 (2010)–present

Lilly Singh (pronounced [lɪlɪ sɪŋɡʱ]; born 26 September 1988), also known by her YouTube username Superwoman, is an Indo-Canadian YouTube personality, motivational speaker, actress and rapper. After beginning her channel in 2010, her videos have gathered over 300 million views and her channel has over 3 million subscribers. She is particularly known for her satirical takes on everyday life, activities people complain about and videos on parents.

Early life and background[edit]

Lilly Singh was born on 26 September 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario in Canada, to parents from Punjab, India.[1][2] She has a degree in Psychology.[2] Singh shares a strong connection with her Punjabi heritage, and says that she likes certain things about India.[3]

Career[edit]

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[3] and in 2010, Singh decided to start her YouTube channel under that pseudonym.[4] 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."[5] 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."[6]

Elements of Indian culture are an inspiration for her videos and she has gained popularity for her satirical takes on everyday life and activities people complain about.[7] Some of her popular videos include "Sh*t Punjabi Mothers Say", "When White People Listen to Indian Music" and those about parents.[7][8][9] Singh also creates video blogs.[10] In addition to her solo acts, she has collaborated with other YouTube entertainers such as Ryan Higa and Miranda Sings.[7] As of July 2014, her channel has over 3 million subscribers and her videos have holistically gathered over 300 million views.[4]

In addition to making YouTube videos, Singh is a motivational speaker for school children and performs stand-up comedy.[7] In July 2014, Singh released a song titled "#LEH" in a collaboration with Humble The Poet.[11] She has a website under the name "Unicorn Island", which sells clothes based on her YouTube persona.[12] She has also shot for a small part in the upcoming Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie, which features Kunal Nayyar in the lead.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How three local comics found global fame". The Globe and Mail. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Draw My Life —Superwoman. YouTube. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Talwar, Vidushi (25 June 2012). "The chic Sikh chick". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b IISuperwomanII —About. YouTube. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Sunrise World's biggest YouTube stars. YouTube. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Yogalingam, Umayangga. "A conversation with Superwoman". The Underground. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Borges, Andre (28 February 2014). "YouTube star Lilly Singh aka 'Superwoman' - The Tina Fey of Punjabis". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Patel, Arti (22 November 2013). "Lilly Singh Superwoman: YouTube Comedian's Take On White People And Indian Music Is Hilarious". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Cormack, Lucy (30 May 2014). "Lilly Singh is YouTube's Superwoman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ D'souza, Sherick (1 June 2014). "5 Popular YouTube channels you must subscribe to". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "#LEH - Superwoman & Humble The Poet video out now". The Times of India. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Unicorn Island —About". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Khan, Maz. "INTERVIEW: IISUPERWOMANII". MTV. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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