She’s ready to shineThe entire YouTube community rallied round Lilly Singh when it was announced that she’d be taking over from Carson Daly to have her own show on NBC.
And you’ve got to admit, A Little Late With Lilly Singh sounds like a match made in heaven.
But, as the first woman to host a late night talk show on a ‘Big 4’ network, and the one of the first YouTubers to make such a big break into the mainstream, how exactly did she get here?
The 30-year-old, who currently boasts a following of more than 14 million, started her YouTube channel with a jumble of content, from music videos and tutorials to traditional sit-down vlogs.
Even in 2010, she radiated the positivity that she’s known for, giving herself the nickname ‘Superwoman’, prompted by her belief that she could do anything.
She’s definitely proven that by now.
Pretty quickly, the star found her stride as a comedian, creating skits, often starring herself as her parent characters, Paramjeet and Manjeet, and showing off her self-deprecating humour.
An honourable mention has to go to her ability to draw on a full beard with marker pens. It’s a useful skill, okay?
Having largely worked alone previously, 2014 saw Lilly begin to collaborate with her YouTube pals, including Colleen Ballinger, also known as her alter-ego Miranda Sings, Shane Dawson, and Rhett and Link.
And it was about this time that it started to become clear that our girl had her fair share of celeb admirers. More than her fair share, in fact. Making skits with Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Sean, and the Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar, she was’t short on famous faces to star in her videos.
And, by 2015, she’d racked up a whopping 7 million subscribers on YouTube, and wasn’t stopping any time soon.
Despite the numbers, she stayed true to her roots, making comedy skits starring herself, and still drawing on those marker pen beards. We stan.
Meanwhile, she was making a name for herself as an advocate for women’s rights, being the face of the #GirlLove movement and promoting women building each other up – she even starred in Maroon 5’s Girls Like You music video, which resulted in an adorable drunken bonding moment with Gal Gadot.
However, cut to November 2018, and things weren’t all smooth sailing with Lilly.
She was exhausted, and in dire need of a break from everything, so she uploaded a video telling her viewers that she was going away indefinitely.
She’s got her fair share of celeb fans (Picture: Twitter @IISuperwomanII)‘I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted,’ she said.
‘I have been doing YouTube consistently for eight years.’
She added: ‘I’ve enjoyed it, I love it, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s been a lot.’
While she didn’t put a time limit on the break, she couldn’t stay away for long, making a triumphant comeback with her 12 Collabs Of Christmas, starring just a few lowkey pals, including Rita Ora, Terry Crews, and John Cena. Just the standard.
Later ditching her ‘Superwoman’ nickname, Lilly explained that she’s ready to focus on her own happiness this year rather than putting all her energy into her online persona.
Now she’s taking to NBC (Picture: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)‘What’s going on 2019? And can I just say, I am happy,’ she beamed at the beginning of the video as she referenced her break from the platform.
And she’s definitely running with that attitude, which she proved big time with her coming out message.
Never having explicitly mentioned her sexuality online before, Lilly came out to fans back in February of this month with a powerful message.
‘Female, Coloured, Bisexual,’ she wrote. ‘Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers.’
She added: ‘No matter how many “boxes” you check, I encourage you to do the same x,’ finishing off the message with a string of rainbow hearts.
And turns out her superpowers are serving her well, as it was less than a month later that she announced she’d be taking to NBC with her new show.
‘An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,’ she said in a statement. ‘I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.’
But she’s certainly not straying too far from her roots, reasoning that her show’s going to be a lot like her YouTube channel.
We’ll be expecting a drawn on marker pen beard pronto then, girl.
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