Lilly Singh

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

Lilly Singh (pronounced [lɪlɪ sɪŋɡʱ]; born 26 September 1988), also known by her YouTube username Superwoman (styled "IISuperwomanII"), is an Indo-Canadian YouTube personality, motivational speaker and comedian. She has also taken part in rapping and film acting. After beginning her channel in 2010, her videos have gathered over 610 million views and her channel has over 5.2 million subscribers. She is particularly known for her satirical takes on everyday life.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2] She attended Mary Shadd Public School during her elementary years and high school at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute.[3] She has a degree in Psychology from York University.[2] 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.[4]


While 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" at a young age, after she had heard a song of the same name and found a ring with the superwoman logo.[4][5] In 2010, Singh decided to start her YouTube channel under that pseudonym (her channel is called "IISuperwomanII").[6] 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."[7] 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."[8]

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.[5] Some of her popular videos include "How Girls Get Ready", "Types of Kids at School", "Girls On Their Periods" and "My Parents Reacting to.." videos.[5][9][10] Singh also creates vlogs on a separate channel called "SuperwomanVlogs".[11] In addition to her solo acts, she has collaborated with other YouTube entertainers such as Ryan Higa, Miranda Sings and Kingsley, as well as Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit.[5] As of January 2015, her channel has over 5 million subscribers and her videos have holistically gathered over 500 million views.[6]

In addition to making YouTube videos, Singh is a motivational speaker and performs stand-up comedy.[4][5] She has a website under the name "Unicorn Island", which sells clothes based on her YouTube persona.[12] In August 2013, Singh featured in the song "Hipshaker" alongside Jassi Sidhu. In March 2014, Singh performed the rap part of the song "Mauj Ki Malharein", which featured in the Bollywood drama Gulaab Gang.[13] In July, she released a song titled "#LEH" in a collaboration with Humble The Poet.[14] Singh also had a small part in the Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie (2014), which featured Kunal Nayyar in the lead.[15]

In 2014, Singh's YouTube Channel, IISuperwomanII, was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #39.[16]


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Gulaab Gang Herself Playback singer and cameo in song "Mauj Ki Malharein"
2014 Dr. Cabbie Lily

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Shorty Awards Youtubestar Nominated [17]
Streamy Awards Best Original Soundtrack {for #LEH; shared with Humble The Poet) Nominated [18]
Screenchart! Channel Awards Best Female Performer Nominated [19]


  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. ^ Persaud, Devin. "My Roots- Outstanding Student of the Season". My Roots. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Talwar, Vidushi (25 June 2012). "The chic Sikh chick". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Borges, Andre (28 February 2014). "YouTube star Lilly Singh aka 'Superwoman' - The Tina Fey of Punjabis". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b IISuperwomanII —About. YouTube. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Sunrise World's biggest YouTube stars. YouTube. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Yogalingam, Umayangga. "A conversation with Superwoman". The Underground. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Cormack, Lucy (30 May 2014). "Lilly Singh is YouTube's Superwoman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  11. ^ D'souza, Sherick (1 June 2014). "5 Popular YouTube channels you must subscribe to". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Unicorn Island —About". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mauj Ki Malharein (Gulaab Gang)". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "#LEH - Superwoman & Humble The Poet video out now". The Times of India. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Khan, Maz. "INTERVIEW: IISUPERWOMANII". MTV. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 50-26!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lilly Singh was nominated for a Shorty Award". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Nizami, Ainee (16 September 2014). "Superwoman Diaries: Lilly Singh Gives Us a Sneak-Peek into #TeamSuper". iDiva. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Screenchart! 2014 Channel Awards". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

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