Singh – knows as ||Superwoman||
– is a 29 year old Canadian YouTuber, comedian, actress, and author with an
Indian ancestry, now living in Los Angeles. Coming from Toronto – a place in
Canada where a majority of the Indian population lives – she was always
reminded of her Indian values and heritage by her parents, as well as by
everyone else around her. This is seen even today in her content on YouTube.
In the span of a decade, Lilly Singh went from being
a girl no one knew who was dealing with depression and wanting to end her life,
to now becoming a role model to many, and helping other people.
is the ability to influence people to do things they may not want to do
(Herbert M. Levine) It is the ability to impose one’s will on another
against opposition (Max Weber)
Power is what helps to get things done. However, it is the person who decides
how they use their power in order to do what is needed.
As someone in the limelight, Lilly Singh is someone
with a lot of power. This power can be used by her in any way she pleases. She
could use it to do good and hence set a good example to her younger fan base,
or she could use it in a destructive way. However, she uses it to make a change
in the lives of millions of people worldwide, every day. She has a social media
presence -the kind that is not enjoyed by many. She uses this to her advantage,
to help the people who cannot speak up for themselves. In doing so, she gives a
voice to the otherwise not noticed; she gives a voice to the invisible.
In December of 2015, Lilly launched a campaign
called #GirlLove. #GirlLove is a
campaign to stop girl-on-girl hate. This has been an issue since a while now,
but isn’t spoken about as much. #GirlLove is about building each other up,
leaving behind the negativity, and achieving amazing things together. As a part
of the campaign, a pin, and a Rafiki – which is a piece of jewellery – are sold,
and the money goes towards the education of girls in Kenya. With an education,
girls have a place to share strength, ideas and support. “It’s the ultimate
kind of #GirlLove”, states Lilly.
Lilly Singh has collaborated with big names on
YouTube which include people in the music industry, on Youtube, in Hollywood
and Bollywood, as well as in the political world. However, she always states
that one of her biggest achievements was collaborating with Bill Gates, and
Michelle Obama. Her video with the first lady was made in the early days of her
In March 2017, she released her debut book HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Surviving
Conquering Life. Her book became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. The back
cover of her book states what a Bawse is:
baus n: a person who exudes confidence, hustles
relentlessly, reaches goals, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought
through it all and made it out the other side.
Using stories from her own life to illustrate her
message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. However, this
book does not include hopeful
thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness and
everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In
Lilly’s world, there are no escalators – only stairs.
The book comprises of 50 chapters and is divided
into 4 parts. At the end of each chapter is an exercise of sorts. It is
something that helps you evaluate your life, your goals, where you are now, and
where you want to be.
Lilly is someone who has spoken to me, especially
through her book. Having read it multiple times, it has given me the motivation
to do something with my life instead of procrastinating. Lilly is someone I look
up to. She knows how her actions would affect and influence others and hence
does her best to positively influence people.