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Lele Pons
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Lele Pons at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California
Personal information
BornEleonora Pons Maronese
(1996-06-25) June 25, 1996 (age 23)
Caracas, Venezuela
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
NationalityAmerican, Venezuelan[1]
Occupation
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2013–present
GenreComedy
Subscribers14 million
(March 2019)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018

Eleonora "Lele" Pons Maronese (born June 25, 1996) is an American internet celebrity, YouTuber, actress, singer, dancer, model and former host of La Voz... México.[2][3][4]

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.

Early life

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."[5] 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."[6]

Caracas, Venezuela, where Lele Pons was born

Career

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.[6]

Writing in The Cut, Allie Jones described Pons' comedy as "universal, physical, and complete with a twist ending."[5] 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."[7] Pons cites, among her inspirations, several Latina stars including Sofía Vergara, Gaby Espino, and Shakira.[5] In 2016, she was signed with entertainment company Shots Studios.[5][8]

Pons has used her success in Internet comedy to launch a number of enterprises. In 2015, she launched a jewelry collection called UNO Magnetic.[6] In 2016, Pons co-authored a novel based on her own high school experiences, Surviving High School, co-authored with Melissa de la Cruz.[9] 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.[5][10] 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.[11] She has starred in a number of music videos, including "Havana" by Camila Cabello, and "Downtown" by Anitta and J Balvin.[12] 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.[13] Pons has also had success in modelling. In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl.[14] The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming "a bit hackneyed and past-it."[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

Pons took over hosting of La Voz... México on October 14, 2018.[3] She presented the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards with Aitana.[18]

Filmography

Films

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 Herself Main role

Television

Year Title Role Note
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

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2016 "She's Out of Her Mind" Blink-182 Runner
2017 "Summer" Marshmello Dorky girl
"Havana" Camila Cabello Bella
"Downtown" (lyric video) Anitta and J Balvin Dancer
2018 "The Middle" Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey
"Dicen" Lele Pons Singer/Lead
"Celoso"
"Teléfono (Remix)" Aitana and Lele Pons
2019 "Bloqueo" Lele Pons and Fuego Singer/Lead

Discography

Singles

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

[19]
ARG
[20]
COL
[21]
ECU
[22]
SPA
[23]
VEN
[24]
"Dicen"
(with Matt Hunter)
2018 29 84 non-album single
"Celoso" 11 32 77 7 13 TBA
"Teléfono (Remix)"
(with Aitana)
46 75 Tráiler
"Bloqueo"
(with Fuego)
2019 42 84 11 56 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Teen Choice Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2014 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
2015 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
2015 Herself Choice Web Star: Female Nominated
2016 Herself Choice Viner Won
2017 Herself Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated
2018 Herself Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated
2018 Herself Choice Female Web Star Nominated
2018 Herself Choice YouTuber Nominated
Shorty Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
2018 Herself YouTuber of the Year Nominated
Streamy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Herself Best Viner 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
Year Nominated work Category Result
2016 Herself Favorite Social Media Star Nominated
2018 Herself The Social Star of 2018 Nominated
Premios Juventud
Year Nominated work Category Result
2016 Herself 6 Segundos de Fama Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
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
2018 Herself Dance Cover Nominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2018 Herself Favorite YouTuber Nominated
BreakTudo Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2018 Herself International Youtuber Nominated
2018 "Celoso" Debut Music Video Nominated
Tu Awards Mexico
Year Nominated work Category Result
2018 Herself Queen of Instagram Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2019 Herself Social Star Award Nominated
2019 Herself Best New Latin Artist Nominated
Lo Nuestro Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2019 "Celoso" Video of the Year Nominated
Eres Awards Mexico
Year Nominated work Category Result
2019 Herself Queen of Instagram Nominated

References

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Pons, Lele (June 15, 2016). "FIRST Q&A ANSWERED BY FRIENDS". Retrieved July 31, 2016 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ a b Gutelle, Sam (May 16, 2018). "Social Star Lele Pons Will Host The Mexican Version Of 'The Voice'". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 16, 2018). "Internet Star Lele Pons Named Host of Televisa's 'La Voz México' Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Jones, Allie (April 18, 2017). "Lele Pons Is One Fart Joke Away From World Domination". The Cut. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Armstrong, Megan (January 11, 2017). "How Shots Studios Plans to Take Over the Music Industry". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Surviving High School". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 23, 2016). "YouTube, AwesomenessTV 'We Love You' Movie to Star FouseyTube, Lele Pons". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Debler, Lance (May 13, 2016). "The First 7 Minutes of Scream's Season Two Premiere Is Here". MTV. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Hansen, Lena (January 31, 2018). "5 Reasons to Love Internet Sensation Lele Pons". People Chica. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Kowalski, Kristine Hope (February 10, 2017). "So Exciting: Lele Pons Is the Newest CoverGirl". Twist. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Lanigan, Róisín (March 1, 2017). "Does anyone know what's happened to Dolce & Gabbana?". Babe. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Parton, Chris (March 15, 2019). "Hear Jake Owen's Sun Kissed New Track 'Drink All Day'". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Hot Latin Songs: The Week of May 19, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chart Search: Lele Pons, Billboard Argentina Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  21. ^ Peaks in Colombi:
  22. ^ Peak positions in Ecuador:
  23. ^ "Search for: Lele Pons". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  24. ^ Peak positions in Venezuela:
  25. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA (Lele Pons)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "Certificados Musicales Amprofon (Febrero 2019)" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  27. ^ "Lele Pons – Celoso". elportaldemusica.es (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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