Lele Pons

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] She stars in The Secret Life of Lele Pons, a YouTube Original docuseries providing a look at her personal life, and hosts her own Spotify-exclusive podcast titled "Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons".

Lele Pons
Lele Pons 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Lele Pons at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California
Born
Eleonora Pons Maronese

(1996-06-25) June 25, 1996 (age 24)
Caracas, Venezuela
Citizenship
  • Venezuela
  • United States[1]
Occupation
Years active2013–present
YouTube information
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
Channel
Years active2015–present
Genre
  • Comedy
  • pranks
  • music
  • vlogs
Subscribers16.5 million
Total views3.9 billion
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

Updated: June 22, 2020

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 17 million subscribers, and 42.1 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 lifeEdit

Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela. 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]

Pons has Tourette syndrome and severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.[7]

CareerEdit

 
Pons in 2017

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."[8] 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][9]

Pons is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.[10]

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.[11] 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][12] 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.[13] She has starred in a number of music videos, including "Havana" by Camila Cabello, and "Downtown" by Anitta and J Balvin.[14] 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.[15] Pons has also had success in modelling. In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl.[16] The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming "a bit hackneyed and past-it."[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Pons took over hosting of La Voz... México on October 14, 2018.[3] She presented the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards with Aitana.[20]

On December 6, 2019, Pons released her new single and music video “Vete Pa La.” The music video was self-directed and edited by Pons and produced by Shots Studios.[21]

On December 2019, Pons was a co-host on the red carpet alongside Chelsea Briggs for the 2019 Billboard Women in Music.[22]

Pons was a guest speaker at the 2020 CES conference held in Las Vegas, NV. As a digital media mogul and global entertainer, Pons was asked to be a speaker on the Spotify panel alongside Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Dawn Ostroff. She talked about how Spotify revolutionized music and impacted her career and how she plans on using that same model for her upcoming podcast with Spotify.[23]

On April 22, 2020, Pons shared the trailer for The Secret Life of Lele Pons, a five part docuseries exploring her lifelong struggles with mental health. The first of the five episodes premiered on May 19, 2020.

On August 19, 2020, Pons released the first episode of "Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons", a Spotify-exclusive podcast in which anonymous callers share "eyebrow raising experiences they don't dare share with friends and family".[24][25]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

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

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Note
2016 We Love You Callie TV film
2016 Scream Leah Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
2016 Escape the Night The Hustler Main role (season 1)
2018 La Voz México Leading FOX EST
2020 The Secret Life of Lele Pons Herself Docu-series produced by herself

Music videosEdit

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

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

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

[26]
ARG
[27]
COL
[28]
ECU
[29]
ITA
[30]
SPA
[31]
VEN
[32]
"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
"Vete Pa La"
"Volar"
(featuring Susan Diaz and Victor Cardenas)
2020
"Se Te Nota"
(with Guaynaa)
33 37
[36]
55 9 91 18
[37]
[a]
"Sucio y Lento"
(with Mariah Angeliq)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Se Te Nota" did not enter the Monitor Latino Venezuelan Airplay chart, but peaked at number six on the Venezuelan Pop Airplay chart.[38]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
BreakTudo Awards 2018 Herself International Youtuber Nominated
"Celoso" Debut Music Video Nominated
2019 Herself International Instagrammer Nominated
Eres Awards Mexico 2019 Herself Queen of Instagram Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards 2019 Herself Social Star Award Nominated
Herself Best New Latin Artist Nominated
Lo Nuestro Awards 2019 "Celoso" Video of the Year Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards 2017 Herself Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year Nominated
Herself (with Juanpa Zurita, Anwar Jibawi) Best YouTube Collaboration (Supercollab) Nominated
2018 Herself Worldwide Instagrammer of the Year Won
Herself Instastories of the Year Nominated
Herself Dance Cover Nominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards 2018 Herself Favorite YouTuber Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2016 Herself Favorite Social Media Star Nominated
2018 Herself The Social Star of 2018 Nominated
Premios Juventud 2016 Herself 6 Segundos de Fama Nominated
2019 Herself Triple Threat Won
Shorty Awards 2015 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
2018 Herself YouTuber of the Year Nominated
Streamy Awards 2015 Herself Best Viner Nominated
2016 Escape the Night Best Ensemble Cast Won
Teen Choice Awards 2014 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
2015 Herself Choice Viner Nominated
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
Herself Choice Female Web Star Nominated
Herself Choice YouTuber Nominated
Tu Awards Mexico 2018 Herself Queen of Instagram Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  28. ^ Peaks in Colombia:
  29. ^ Peak positions in Ecuador:
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  32. ^ Peak positions in Venezuela:
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