LGBTQ Icons: Lilly Singh – the unstoppable rise of a queer YouTuber
With the announcement of a new TV project, let’s take a look at the life and career of Lilly Singh.
Singh was born in 1988, and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Her parents, Singh’s parents are originally from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India,
Singh attended Mary Shadd Public School during her elementary years, and in 2006, she graduated from Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
In 2010, Singh graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Singh began making YouTube videos, in October 2010, as a way of dealing with depression and anxiety. Her screen-name is IISuperwomanII.
In 2015, Singh moved from Ontario to Los Angeles.
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 2017, Singh was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars, earning a reported $10.5 million. In that same year, Forbes ranked Singh first on its Top Influencers List in the entertainment category.
Singh’s YouTube channel currently has over 14 million subscribers and 3 billion views.
The TV Project
In March 2019, NBC announced that Singh would host a new late night talk show for the network, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, which will replace Last Call with Carson Daly. Singh will also serve as an executive producer on the series.
The series will debut on 16 September.
“I’m literally counting down the days until the premiere…” Singh told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with this all-star team of writers as we work to bring a new, authentic perspective to late night.”
A Little Late will combine pre-taped comedy bits with in-studio interviews. The show will have a digital-first strategy with content playing across a number of social platforms to engage a younger, more digitally focused audience in addition to its on-air viewers.
Singh will be the only woman hosting a network late night show when A Little Late debuts, and one of just a few women or people of colour fronting a late night series anywhere on TV.
In March 2019, Singh discussed her sexuality and confirmed that she identifies as bisexual.