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Lilly Saini Singh (born September 26, 1988) is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, talk show host and actress, widely known as IISuperwomanII. In 2017, she was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world's highest paid YouTube stars, earning a reported $10.5 million.[3] Singh has featured in the annual YouTube Rewind every year since 2014.[4][5] She was ranked first on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers List in the entertainment category. She was also named one of the 40 most powerful people in comedy in 2019.[6]

Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Singh speaking at Vidcon 2014
Lilly Saini Singh

(1988-09-26) September 26, 1988 (age 31)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesIISuperwomanII
EducationBachelor of Arts, York University
Years active2010–present
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[2]
YouTube information
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers 2016

Singh has received an MTV Fandom Award, four Streamy Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and a People's Choice Award. In 2016, Singh released her first feature film, titled A Trip to Unicorn Island. 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.[7] The series premiered on September 16, 2019.[8] As such, Singh became the first woman to host an American broadcast network late-night talk show since Cynthia Garrett hosted Later from 2000 to 2001, the first woman among the current generation of late-night hosts on the major broadcast networks, and the first late-night host to publicly identify as bisexual.[9]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Lilly Singh was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Her parents, Malwinder Kaur and Sukhwinder Singh,[10] are originally from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India, and she was raised as a Sikh.[11] She has an older sister named Tina Singh (born 1982), who is also a YouTuber who makes videos about her family life with 3 boys and a husband.[12] As a child, Singh has said she was a tomboy.[13] She attended Mary Shadd Public School during her elementary years, and in 2006, she graduated from Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where she returned as an alumnus to visit her old teachers.[14] She was a member of Girl Guides of Canada and participated in their youth programs.[15]

In 2010, she graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.[16] Singh developed a strong connection with her Punjabi heritage during visits to India.[17] She struggled with depression, and began making YouTube videos as a way of dealing with her feelings.[18] 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.[19]

In February 2019, Singh came out as bisexual to the public via social media.[20]



In October 2010, Singh started a YouTube channel under the pseudonym "IISuperwomanII". She has explained that the name Superwoman 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.[21] Starting out, Singh had intended to go to graduate school as her parents had requested, but chose to make YouTube videos and decided that she would return to graduate school if her YouTube career did not succeed. Her most popular video is How Girls Get Ready and her most popular series features her fictional parents, Paramjeet and Manjeet, both played by Singh herself, reacting to trending and controversial videos.[21][22][23] 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.[24] Her channel currently has over 14 million subscribers and 3 billion views.[25]

Vlog channelEdit

In December 2011, Singh created a second channel called SuperwomanVlogs, now titled Lilly Singh Vlogs, where she chronicles her daily activities and includes behind the scenes footage from her videos. She used it as a second channel to upload videos until August 2014, when she began uploading daily vlogs. Originally uploading daily, she now uploads several times a week.


In August 2013, Singh featured alongside Jassi Sidhu in his Punjabi song Hipshaker. Singh rapped in the song Mauj Ki Malharein, which played in the Bollywood drama Gulaab Gang in August 2014.[26] In July of the same year, she released a song titled #LEH in a collaboration with her friend, author and rapper Kanwer Singh, who is known by the pseudonym "Humble the Poet".[27] She recorded and released another music video in February 2015 titled The Clean Up Anthem in collaboration with Canadian artist Sickick.[28] In April 2015, Singh released a song about her hometown Toronto in collaboration with Humble the Poet titled #IVIVI (roman numerals for 416, Toronto's area code).[29] On August 8, 2016, Singh released a visual music piece on YouTube, titled "Voices". The piece includes five songs portraying the "voices in her head". The piece has a genre of Pop/Modern Hip Hop. The songs included are a mix showing signs of boasting, fear of loneliness, lust, goofiness, and positive views promoting global peace.[citation needed] In 2018, Singh appeared in the music video for Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" featuring Cardi B.[30]


Singh appeared as a background dancer in the movies Speedy Singhs and Thank You in 2011.[31] In 2014, Singh appeared in a small role in the 2014 Indo-Canadian production Dr. Cabbie. In 2016, she voiced miniature unicorns named Bubbles and Misty in the animated film Ice Age: Collision Course and played a cameo role in the movie Bad Moms. She made an appearance in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark as herself. She also had several of her own web series with I Love Makeup channel on YouTube, including Giving Back Glam, The Tube's Hautest, and Lana Steele: Makeup Spy.

Singh was cast in HBO's film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 after recording an audition outside an Internet cafe in Melbourne, Australia. She was in the region to promote her book and rushed the audition at her agent's urging around 2 a.m. in May 2017.[32] She plays the character of Raven, "a tabloid blogger who works with the fire department to spread the ministry's propaganda by broadcasting their book-burning raids to fans."[33] This role was met with mediocre criticism.

Live performancesEdit

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

In March 2015, Singh began a world tour called "A Trip to Unicorn Island", adapting her YouTube content and including singing, dancing, music performances, comedy, and her parent characters.[34] Her tour covered India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States. She documented the tour in her first feature movie, A Trip to Unicorn Island, which also describes how YouTube fame is affecting her life. The movie was released on February 10, 2016 on YouTube Red.[35] She describes the film as being very "raw and genuine".[36]

Her first book, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, was released on March 28, 2017.[37] The book reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her 2017 world tour was centered around the book release and key concepts she discussed.


In March 2019, NBC announced that Singh would host a new late night talk show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, which succeeded Last Call with Carson Daly following its series finale later in the year.[38] The show premiered on September 16, 2019. Filming began early in September 2019, with many of her fans arriving to the studio taping.


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.[39]

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.[40]


In 2014, her channel ranked at #39 on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels.[41] The same year, she was nominated for a Shorty Award and a Streamy Award. In September 2015, People magazine included Singh on their annual "Ones to Watch" list.[42] Lilly received her first MTV Fandom Award, was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards, and won her first Streamy Award later that year. In October 2016, she ranked 8th on Forbes' list of World's Top-Earning YouTube Stars of 2015.[43] She was also featured in Fast Company Magazine as the 100 Most Creative People in Business.[44] Variety magazine recognized her as one of their 10 Comics to Watch for 2016, and she was honored at the Just For Laughs Film Festival in Montreal. In July 2016, she won two Teen Choice Awards from her three nominations. In January 2017, she won a People's Choice Award for Favorite YouTube Star. In September 2017, Singh won her fourth Streamy Award. In November 2017, Lilly Singh was also chosen as an ambassador for Pantene shampoo[45] and partnered with Calvin Klein.[46]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Gulaab Gang Herself Playback singer and in song "Mauj Ki Malharein"
Dr. Cabbie Lilly Guest appearance
2016 A Trip to Unicorn Island Herself Documentary; also executive producer
Ice Age: Collision Course Misty / Bubbles (voice)
Bad Moms Cathy [47]
2017 F the Prom Miss Fallsburg Cameo[48]


Year Title Role Notes
2015- Lana Steele: Makeup Spy Lana Steele [49]
2017 Bizaardvark Herself Episode: "Paige's Birthday Is Gonna Be Great"[50]
2018 Fahrenheit 451 Raven Television film
2019 A Little Late with Lilly Singh Herself Talk show


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lana Steele: Makeup Spy Lana Steele 12 episodes
Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles Lilly Episode: "Part Three"[51]
2016 Epic Rap Battles of History Wonder Woman Episode: "Wonder Woman vs Stevie Wonder"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2017 "Hold My Heart" Lindsey Stirling featuring Phelba Herself
"H.A.I.R." Humble the Poet Herself
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself [52][53][54]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Show Category Result
2014 Shorty Awards YouTube Comedian Nominated[55]
2015 MTV Fandom Awards Social Superstar of the Year Won[56]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated[57]
Choice YouTuber
Shorty Awards YouTube Comedian Nominated[58]
Streamy Awards First Person Won[59][60]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Won[61][62]
Choice Web Star: Female
Choice YouTuber Nominated[63]
Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Nominated[64]
Streamy Awards Feature (A Trip to Unicorn Island) Won[65][66]
Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Social Good Campaign (Girl Love Challenge) Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite YouTube Star Won[67]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Nominated[68]
Choice Comedian Nominated
Choice Web Star: Female Nominated
Choice YouTuber Nominated
Streamy Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated[69]
First Person Won
Collaboration (The YouTube Factory: Dwayne Johnson ft. Lilly Singh, Markiplier, Grace Helbig, Roman Atwood, Gigi Gorgeous, Alex Wassabi, LaurDIY, King Bach, Flula Borg and Brittney Smith) Nominated
Influencer Campaign (with Dude Perfect for Power Rangers) Nominated
Purpose Awards Honoree, Creator Won[70]
Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Nominated[71]


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