She’s one of the most successful YouTube personalities (using the handle IISuperwomanII), and Lilly Singh’s star just keeps rising. She recently had a cameo role in the comedy Bad Moms (starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) and has made Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list.
Lilly Singh is a name we’re going to be hearing a lot in the future, and it’s time to get to know her a bit better.
1. She’s killing the YouTube game
She has 9,624,108 subscribers to her channel, and according to Huffington Post, in October 2015 she was ranked 8th on Forbes’ list of World’s Top-earning YouTube stars of the year. But she’s also a woman with a multitude of talents, including rapping, acting and motivational speaking, and has a campaign with Coca-Cola under her belt with the goal of spreading happiness and joy. Not bad for a 27-year-old from Toronto, right?
2. She’s a massive fan of The Rock
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is celebrated for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, but he’s also extremely successful, and Singh is a big fan. “I’ve done a lot of really cool stuff, but at the top of my accomplishment list is definitely collaborating with The Rock or just becoming friends with him,” she said. “He’s kind of like my mentor in certain situations.”
3. She credits her mom for being a driving force in her life
One of the most inspiring people in Singh’s life is her mother, as she revealed, “My mom is the strongest person I know. She’s funnier than me, but she’s such an inspiration to me.”
4. She embraces her ethnicity and speaks openly about racism
Singh is hilarious, and her comedy is worth a watch (seriously, her video Types of Friends is amazing), but one of the reasons we really love her is that she’s not afraid to speak about important issues like racism and sexism. During an interview with Flare magazine, she spoke about the importance of everyone’s voice being heard, saying, “I started YouTube because I didn’t see anyone else like me doing it. I was the first South Asian female to do comedy videos on YouTube. But at the same time, all races face their barriers, and I’ve learned through YouTube [that] if it’s not race, it will be sexism. If it’s not sexism, it will be homophobia. It will always be something, and all voices should be heard.”
5. She has a degree in psychology
Seriously, is there anything Singh cannot do? She basically is the real-life version of Superwoman, and in addition to all her aforementioned accomplishments, she also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from York University.
6. She has some very solid advice for those pursuing their passions
Despite her success, Singh has remained incredibly humble. But does she have any words of wisdom for others who are hoping to follow in her footsteps? “One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to not overthink things, because when I started, I didn’t think about a brand, a schedule or how to say or do things,” she said. “I just did it and figured it out. I would tell myself, ‘Don’t overthink it. Do it because you love to do it, and just have fun with it.'”
7. She has the top cure for a bad day — seriously!
Oh, and if she’s ever having a bad day and needs a pick-me-up? There’s no cure like a big bowl of cheesy pasta, as Singh revealed during an interview with BuzzFeed India that she loves a bit of mac and cheese.
We hope this is just the beginning of Lilly Singh’s career, because the world definitely needs more women like her.