Lele Pons at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California
|Born||Eleonora Pons Maronese|
June 25, 1996
|Origin||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
Pons came to prominence on Vine, before the platform shut down in 2016. She has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she now has over 14 million subscribers, and 35.3 million followers on Instagram. She has acted in film, television, and in music videos, has released her own music, and co-authored a novel in 2016.
Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has a younger sister named Raquel. Pons 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." 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."
Pons began her career on the six-second video platform Vine. She has said she used Vine to showcase the creative things she was already doing. 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.
Writing in The Cut, Allie Jones described Pons' comedy as "universal, physical, and complete with a twist ending." Pons' comedic style has also been criticised. For instance, former Viner, Cody Ko, critically viewed one her sketches, saying, "This was written by a four-year-old." Pons cites, among her inspirations, several Latina stars including Sofía Vergara, Gaby Espino, and Shakira. In 2016, she was signed with entertainment company Shots Studios.
Pons has used her success in Internet comedy to launch a number of enterprises. In 2015, she launched a jewelry collection called UNO Magnetic. In 2016, Pons co-authored a novel based on her own high school experiences, Surviving High School, co-authored with Melissa de la Cruz. Pons 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. The movie was produced by YouTube and AwesomenessTV.
Pons appeared in the first episode of MTV's horror TV series, Scream, in which she was the season's first victim. She has starred in a number of music videos, including "Havana" by Camila Cabello, and "Downtown" by Anitta and J Balvin. 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. Pons has also had success in modelling. In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl. The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming "a bit hackneyed and past-it." In August, Pons released her first single and music video for her song "Celoso," which was directed by fellow creator Rudy Mancuso. The song was certified 3x Platinum and earned a nomination for the Premios Lo Nuestro nomination for the video. On March 29, 2019 Lele released her English-language debut, and her first country song with the Jake Owen duet "Señorita" from his album Greetings from... Jake.
|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||Herself||Main role|
|2016||We Love You||Callie||TV film|
|2016||Scream||Leah||Season two, episode one: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"|
|2016||Escape the Night||The Hustler||Season one, main role|
|2018||La Voz México||Leading||FOX EST|
|2016||"She's Out of Her Mind"||Blink-182||Runner|
|"Downtown" (lyric video)||Anitta and J Balvin||Dancer|
|2018||"The Middle"||Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey|
|"Teléfono (Remix)"||Aitana and Lele Pons|
|2019||"Bloqueo"||Lele Pons and Fuego||Singer/Lead|
(with Matt Hunter)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|Teen Choice Awards|
|2015||Herself||Choice Web Star: Female||Nominated|
|2017||Herself||Choice Web Star: Comedy||Nominated|
|2018||Herself||Choice Web Star: Comedy||Nominated|
|2018||Herself||Choice Female Web Star||Nominated|
|2018||Herself||YouTuber of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Herself (with Joey Graceffa, Shane Dawson, Justine Ezarik, Sierra Furtado, GloZell Green, Matt Haag, Oli White, Andrea Brooks, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Eva Gutowski)||Best Ensemble Cast for Escape the Night||Won|
|People's Choice Awards|
|2016||Herself||Favorite Social Media Star||Nominated|
|2018||Herself||The Social Star of 2018||Nominated|
|2016||Herself||6 Segundos de Fama||Nominated|
|MTV Millennial Awards|
|2017||Herself||Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||Herself (with Juanpa Zurita, Anwar Jibawi)||Best YouTube Collaboration (Supercollab)||Nominated|
|2018||Herself||Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year||Won|
|2018||Herself||Instastories of the Year||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards|
|2018||"Celoso"||Debut Music Video||Nominated|
|Tu Awards Mexico|
|2018||Herself||Queen of Instagram||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards|
|2019||Herself||Social Star Award||Nominated|
|2019||Herself||Best New Latin Artist||Nominated|
|Lo Nuestro Awards|
|2019||"Celoso"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Eres Awards Mexico|
|2019||Herself||Queen of Instagram||Nominated|
- "Lele Pons on Instagram: "Happy 4th of July💥🇺🇸 Guess who became an American citizen ?? Now I'm both a citizen in Venezuela and in the United States!! ❤️❤️❤️"". Instagram. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
- Pons, Lele (June 15, 2016). "FIRST Q&A ANSWERED BY FRIENDS". Retrieved July 31, 2016 – via YouTube.
- Gutelle, Sam (May 16, 2018). "Social Star Lele Pons Will Host The Mexican Version Of 'The Voice'". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- Spangler, Todd (May 16, 2018). "Internet Star Lele Pons Named Host of Televisa's 'La Voz México' Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
- Jones, Allie (April 18, 2017). "Lele Pons Is One Fart Joke Away From World Domination". The Cut. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
- Armstrong, Megan (January 11, 2017). "How Shots Studios Plans to Take Over the Music Industry". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- "Surviving High School". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- Spangler, Todd (March 23, 2016). "YouTube, AwesomenessTV 'We Love You' Movie to Star FouseyTube, Lele Pons". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- Debler, Lance (May 13, 2016). "The First 7 Minutes of Scream's Season Two Premiere Is Here". MTV. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- Hansen, Lena (January 31, 2018). "5 Reasons to Love Internet Sensation Lele Pons". People Chica. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- "Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- Kowalski, Kristine Hope (February 10, 2017). "So Exciting: Lele Pons Is the Newest CoverGirl". Twist. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- Lanigan, Róisín (March 1, 2017). "Does anyone know what's happened to Dolce & Gabbana?". Babe. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- Diaz, Johnny (August 17, 2018). "Youtube star Lele Pons debuts solo music video 'Celoso'". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- Parton, Chris (March 15, 2019). "Hear Jake Owen's Sun Kissed New Track 'Drink All Day'". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
- Hernández, Laura (November 14, 2018). "¿Qué posibilidad hay de que Aitana y Lele Pons actúen en los Latin Grammy 2018?". Hapy FM. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
- "Hot Latin Songs: The Week of May 19, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "Chart Search: Lele Pons, Billboard Argentina Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
- Peaks in Colombi:
- "Teléfono (Remix)": "Top 100 Colombia – Semana 2 del 2019 – Del 04/01/2019 al 10/01/2019" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on January 16, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
- "Bloqueo": "Top 100 Colombia – Semana 12 del 2019 – Del 15/03/2019 al 22/03/2019" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- Peak positions in Ecuador:
- "Celoso": "Top 100 Ecuador – Semana 47 del 2018 – Del 16/11/2018 al 22/11/2018" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on November 24, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
- "Bloqueo": "Top 100 Ecuador – Semana 11 del 2019 – Del 08/01/2019 al 14/01/2019" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- "Search for: Lele Pons". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
- Peak positions in Venezuela:
- "Celoso": "Top 100 Venezuela – Semana 42 del 2018 – Del 12/10/2018 al 18/10/2018" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Teléfono (Remix)": "Top 100 Venezuela – Semana 51 del 2018 – Del 14/12/2018 al 20/12/2018" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
- "Bloqueo": "Top 100 Venezuela – Semana 12 del 2019 – Del 15/02/2019 al 21/02/2019" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- "Gold & Platinum - RIAA (Lele Pons)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "Certificados Musicales Amprofon (Febrero 2019)" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- "Lele Pons – Celoso". elportaldemusica.es (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 17, 2018.