Lele Pons

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Lele Pons
Personal information
Born Eleonora Pons
(1996-06-25) June 25, 1996 (age 22)
Caracas, Venezuela
Occupation
  • Internet personality
  • actress
  • singer
YouTube information
Channel
Years active 2013–present
Genre Comedy
Subscribers 10+ million
(June 10, 2018)

Eleonora "Lele" Pons (born June 25, 1996)[1] is a Venezuelan-American[2] internet personality, actress, singer, dancer and host of La Voz México.[3] She came to prominence on Vine, where she was the most-followed and most-looped individual before the platform shut down in 2016. She has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she now has over 10 million subscribers. She has also acted, including in music videos, released her own single, and co-authored a book in 2016. She is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.[4]

Early life[edit]

Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the United States at the age of five, and was raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Miami Country Day School in 2015 and moved to Los Angeles, California. She has said that she had trouble making friends in high school, so she "would get hurt to make them laugh."[4] She has also said that she was bullied at high school. She said "I'm not like the cool girls—I'm the other girl. The one that's basically a nerd, but proud of that."[5]

Career[edit]

Pons began her career on the six-second video platform Vine. She has said she used Vine as a showcase for the creative things she already did. Speaking to Teen Vogue, Pons said "I started with my friends, and I started becoming bad. At first it was just being really creative - it wasn't even funny stuff." Her follower base continued to grow, and Pons has said that it "got to the point where a lot of people depended on me to make them... just so they could get a laugh." She became the first "Viner" to reach one billion loops.[5] Before the platform shut down in 2016, Pons had become the most-looped and most-followed Viner of all time.[4] In 2015, Pons was invited to the White House where she met First Lady Michelle Obama.[4]

Pons expanded beyond Vine and now makes comedy videos for Instagram and YouTube. She is noted for her "command of the coveted Gen Z audience", and often makes videos on themes relatable to teenagers.[4] She has said that she aims to branch out into TV and movie acting as she gets older.[5] Writing in The Cut, Allie Jones described Pons' comedy as "universal, physical, and complete with a twist ending."[4] Her comedic style has also been criticised, for instance by former Viner Cody Ko, who in February 2018 critically viewed one her sketches, saying "This was written by a four-year-old."[6] Pons cites, among her inspirations, several Latina stars. These include actresses Sofía Vergara and Gaby Espino, as well as singer Shakira. Pons has said that she is one of the few female YouTubers who oversees the entire production process for her videos.[4]

Pons has used her success in internet comedy to launch a number of enterprises. In 2015, she launched a jewelry collection called UNO Magnetic.[5] In 2016, Pons co-authored a novel based on her own high school experiences, Surviving High School. Published by Simon & Schuster, the novel was co-authored with author Melissa de la Cruz.[7] Pons has also had a number of acting roles. She starred as Callie in the 2016 romantic comedy We Love You, released on YouTube Red. In the movie, characters played by Yousef Erakat and Justin Dobies both fall for Pons, who is "cool enough" to date both of them at the same time.[4][8] The movie was produced by YouTube and AwesomenessTV.

Pons also appeared in the first episode of MTV's horror TV series, Scream, in which she was the season's first victim.[9] She has starred in a number of music videos, including for Havana by Camila Cabello, and Downtown by Anitta and J Balvin.[10] In May 2018, Pons released her debut single - a Spanish-language duet with Matt Hunter titled "Dicen". The YouTube music video amassed 10 million views in just four days.[11] Pons has also had success in modelling. In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl.[12] The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming "a bit hackneyed and past-it."[13]

Controversy[edit]

In September 2016, Pons had a public disagreement with fellow Vine star and "best friend" Amanda Cerny. Cerny accused Pons of covertly accessing her YouTube and Instagram accounts and deleting the most popular posts. Pons refused to address the accusation.[4] Pons then told her fanbase that Cerny had been deleting her material, and that was the reason for their fall-out. When Cerny attempted to clarify the situation with a post to Instagram, Cerny said that Pons called the police to her house to ask her to take down the post.[6] A number of other YouTubers and Viners have criticised Pons. In June 2017, Jessi Smiles accused her of being rude to her in person and obsessive over her follower count. December 2017 saw Tom Harlock criticise her for several instances of lying to her friends over previous controversies, "manipulating" her audience of 9 to 17 year olds, and also accuses her of not writing her own book.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2016, she took a short break from making videos to get a nose job from plastic surgeon Ramtin Kassir.[4] Sections of her fans believe she is dating Juanpa Zurita,[14] while others believe she is dating Ray Diaz.[15] However, Pons told The Cut that she does not like to say "To protect the innocent fans who are so invested in her imagined personal life".[4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2016 My Big Fat Hispanic Family Lele Short film
2016 Insane Kids Lele Short film
2017 The Walking Dead: No Man's Land Lele Short film
2017 The Space Between Us Tulsa's classmates Cameo
2017 Caught the Series Clean up man Guest star
2017 Scooby Doo Is Back Daphne Short film
2017 Latino Hunger Games Herself Short film
2018 Airplane Mode TBA Main role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2016 We Love You Callie TV film
2016 Scream Movie Victim Season two, episode one: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
2016 Escape the Night The Hustler Season one, main role
2018 Voice Mexsika Leading FOX EST

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2016 "She's Out of Her Mind" Blink-182 Runner
2017 "Summer" Marshmello Dorky girl
2017 "Havana" Camila Cabello Bella
2017 "Downtown" (lyric video) Anitta and J Balvin Dancer
2018 "The Middle" Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey Dancer

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released
Title Year Peaks Certifications Album
SPA
[16]
US
Latin

[17]
"Dicen"
(with Matt Hunter)
2018 84 29 style="background: #DDF; color: #2C2C2C; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="no table-no2"|TBA
"Celoso"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Viner Nominated
2015 Shorty Awards Vine Star Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Female Nominated
Choice Viner Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Viner Nominated
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Social Media Star Nominated
Premios Juventud 6 Segundos de Fama Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Viner Won
Streamy Awards Best Ensemble Cast for Escape the Night (with Joey Graceffa, Shane Dawson, Justine Ezarik, Sierra Furtado, GloZell Green, Matt Haag, Oli White, Andrea Brooks, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Eva Gutowski) Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards Best YouTube Collaboration (Supercollab) Nominated
Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year Nominated
2018 Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year Won
Instastories of the Year Nominated
Dance Cover Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Web Star Nominated
Choice Comedy Web Star Nominated
Choice YouTuber Nominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards Favorite YouTuber Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pons, Lele (June 15, 2016). "FIRST Q&A ANSWERED BY FRIENDS". Retrieved July 31, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ Gutelle, Sam (May 16, 2018). "Social Star Lele Pons Will Host The Mexican Version Of 'The Voice'". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (2018-05-16). "Internet Star Lele Pons Named Host of Televisa's 'La Voz México' Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jones, Allie (April 18, 2017). "Lele Pons Is One Fart Joke Away From World Domination". The Cut. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d Firman, Tehrene (February 19, 2015). "Exclusive! Get to Know Lele Pons, the Girl Behind Those Vines You Can't Stop Watching". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c Bartleet, Larry (March 23, 2018). "How the internet community is turning on Lele Pons, formerly the world's #1 Viner". NME. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Surviving High School". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 23, 2016). "YouTube, AwesomenessTV 'We Love You' Movie to Star FouseyTube, Lele Pons". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ Debler, Lance (May 13, 2016). "The First 7 Minutes of Scream's Season Two Premiere Is Here". MTV. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  10. ^ Hansen, Lena (January 31, 2018). "5 Reasons to Love Internet Sensation Lele Pons". People Chica. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  12. ^ Kowalski, Kristine Hope (February 10, 2017). "So Exciting: Lele Pons Is the Newest CoverGirl". Twist. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  13. ^ Lanigan, Róisín (March 1, 2017). "Does anyone know what's happened to Dolce & Gabbana?". Babe. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  14. ^ Riccardi, Alex (4 May 2018). "Did Lele Pons Just Confirm She's Dating Fellow YouTube Star Juanpa Zurita?". J-14. American Media Inc. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  15. ^ Shekh, Mahammad Arsad (31 August 2017). "After Lele Pons Dating rumors with Ray Diaz faded, Who is she Dating Currently? Know her Affairs". Frost Snow. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "Matt Hunter / Lele Pons discography". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Hot Latin Songs: The Week of May 19, 2018". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA (Lele Pons)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 

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