Lilly Singh

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Lilly Singh was born September 26, 1988 and is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, television host and actress, widely known as IISuperwomanII

In March 2017, she released her first book, How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, which became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

In March 2019, NBC announced that Singh would executive produce and host a new late night talk show for the network, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, which would replace Last Call with Carson Daly. The series premiered on September 16, 2019.

Singh was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Her parents, Malwinder Kaur and Sukhwinder Singh, are originally from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India, and she was raised as a Sikh. She has an older sister named Tina Singh (born 1982), who is also a YouTuber. As a child, Singh has said she was a tomboy. She attended Mary Shadd Public School during her elementary years, and in 2006, she graduated from Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She was a member of Girl Guides of Canada and participated in their youth programs.

In 2010, she graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Singh developed a strong connection with her Punjabi heritage during visits to India. She struggled with depression, and began making YouTube videos as a way of dealing with her feelings. As a young adult, she lived with her parents in Markham, Ontario, and in December 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to further her career.

In February 2019, Singh came out as bisexual to the public via social media.

In October 2010, Singh started a YouTube channel under the pseudonym “IISuperwomanII”. She has explained that the name was prompted by a childhood idea, making her believe she could do anything. Punjabi culture is frequently portrayed in her videos, which also contain satirical takes on everyday life and people’s favorite complaints.

She also frequently collaborates with celebrities on her videos, including Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kunal Nayyar, Noah Schnapp, Priyanka Chopra, Shay Mitchell, Amber Rose, Steve Aoki, Caleb McLaughlin, Nargis Fakhri, Hasan Minhaj, Phil McGraw, and Madhuri Dixit. 

In 2017, Lilly Singh was announced as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to advocate for children’s rights. She has led a campaign called “GirlLove”, promoting girls to end girl-on-girl hate. With this, she created a “GirlLove” rafiki bracelet with the brand ME to WE, and has helped around a thousand of girls to gain education (including in Kenya and India).

In July 2018, Lilly traveled to South Africa as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to meet the students of elementary schools who spoke against bullying and classroom violence.