Lilly Saini Singh (pronounced [lɪli sɪŋɡʱ]; born 26 September 1988), better known by her YouTube username Superwoman(styled "IISuperwomanII"), is a Canadian YouTube personality, vlogger, and comedian. Since beginning her channel in October 2010, her videos have gathered over 1 billion views and her channel has over 7.7 million subscribers.[1] In 2015, she ranked 8th on the Forbes list of World's Highest Paid YouTube Stars, earning $2.9 million pre tax in 2015.[2] Singh was part of YouTube Rewind 2014 and led YouTube Rewind 2015.

Early life and education Edit

Lilly Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to Malwinder and Sukhwinder Singh, who are originally from Punjab, India. She is a rajput origin sikh.She has an older sister named Tina. Lilly has described herself as a tomboy during her childhood years.[3] She attended Mary Shadd Public School during her elementary years and high school at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, and graduated in 2006. [4] She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from York University. Lilly developed a strong connection with her Punjabiheritage, during visits to India.[5] Singh struggled with depression, and began making YouTube videos as a way of dealing with her feelings.[6]

Career Edit

In 2010, Singh started a YouTube channel under that pseudonym "IISuperwomanII", prompted by an S-shaped ring from her childhood. Indian culture is frequently portrayed in her videos, which also contain satirical takes on everyday life and activities people complain about.[7] Some of her popular videos are "How Girls Get Ready", "Types of Kids at School", "Girls On Their Periods", "My Parents Reacting to.. series" and "Types of People in Drive-Thrus" videos.[7][8][9]

Singh also creates vlogs on a separate channel called "SuperwomanVlogs" which show her daily activities. She also documents people she has met, including Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Shay Mitchell, Selena Gomez, Debby Ryan and more.[10]

Singh is also a motivational speaker, a stand-up comedian and a rapper.[5][7] She operates a website under the name "Unicorn Island", which sells clothes based on her YouTube persona. 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.[11] In July, she released a song titled "#LEH" in a collaboration with Humble The Poet.[12] Singh also had a small part in the Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie (2014).[13] She recorded and released another music video in February 2015 titled "The Clean Up Anthem" in collaboration with Sick Kick music.[14] In April 2015, Singh released a song about her hometown Toronto in collaboration with Humble the Poet called "#IVIVI" (roman numerals for 4-1-6, Toronto's area code).[15]

In 2014, Singh's YouTube Channel, IISuperwomanII, was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #39.[16] In March 2015, Singh began a world tour called “A trip to Unicorn Island”. Her tour included the countries India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Dubai, Canada and the United States. Singh’s vlog channel on YouTube shows the planning of the tour, including dietary changes and rehearsing with her team. On the tour she presented live shows which were live adaptations of her YouTube channel content,[17]including singing, dancing, music performances, comedy, and her well-known parent characters.

Lilly Singh (IISuperwomanII) performs at the Warfield in San Francisco during her world tour, "A Trip To Unicorn Island".

After her world-tour, Singh later documented it in her first feature movie, A Trip to Unicorn Island, which also explains how her YouTube fame is affecting her life. [18]After that, she later released her own app named 'Unicorn Island'.

In September 2015, People included Singh on their annual 'Ones to Watch' list.[19] In October 2015, she ranked 8th on Forbes list of World's Top Earning YouTube Stars Of 2015.[2] Singh uploaded a tribute parody to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on October 29, 2015 due to her being a big Michael Jackson fan. It has received over 2 million views on YouTube. On December 1, 2015, Singh moved from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Los Angeles, California. She appeared on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 22, 2016, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on February 4th, 2016.[20]

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Thank You Bhangra dancer Background dancer in song "Viah Di Raat"
2014 Gulaab Gang Lilly (herself) Playback singer and cameo in song "Mauj Ki Malharein"
2014 Dr. Cabbie Lily Inspired by her real life character
2016 A Trip To Unicorn Island Lilly (herself) Documentary

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Shorty Awards YouTube Star Nominated [21]
Streamy Awards Best Original Soundtrack (for #LEH; shared with Humble The Poet) Nominated
2015 MTV Fandom Awards Social Superstar of the Year Won [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated [23]
Choice Youtuber
Streamy Awards

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