Singh at the 2014 VidCon
September 26, 1988 |
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||YouTube personality, motivational speaker, actress, singer|
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
Lilly Singh was born on 26 September 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario in Canada, to parents from Punjab, India. She has a degree in Psychology. Singh shares a strong connection with her Punjabi heritage, and says that she likes certain things about 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. 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."
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. Some of her popular videos include "Sh*t Punjabi Mothers Say", "When White People Listen to Indian Music" and those about parents. Singh also creates video blogs. In addition to her solo acts, she has collaborated with other YouTube entertainers such as Ryan Higa and Miranda Sings. As of July 2014, her channel has over 3 million subscribers and her videos have holistically gathered over 300 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 has also shot for a small part in the upcoming Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie, which features Kunal Nayyar in the lead.
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