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Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY CRAIG KIEL­BURGER HU­MAN­I­TAR­IAN, AC­TIVIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE WE MOVE­MENT

A lot of crit­i­cism gets thrown at young peo­ple to­day. They’re roundly con­demned as be­ing the most self-ab­sorbed gen­er­a­tion yet.

As proof, their de­trac­tors point to the phe­nom­e­non of the YouTube star — a new breed of celebrity who rise to fame by broad­cast­ing their lives across the In­ter­net. It’s like a gi­ant shout of “Hey ev­ery­body, look at me!” The pin­na­cle of nar­cis­sism.

Then you run into some­one like Lilly Singh, and the stereo­type comes tum­bling down.

Singh gained celebrity and a huge youth fol­low­ing through her fun and funny on­line an­tics. Then the 29-year-old gained our ad­mi­ra­tion by turn­ing that celebrity power into a force for good.

Amidst the silly jokes about her par­ents and play­ful pokes at pop­u­lar cul­ture, the more than 12 mil­lion young peo­ple who fol­low “Su­per­woman” also hear im­por­tant mes­sages about self-con­fi­dence, re­spect and gen­der equal­ity.

Singh’s #Gir­lLove cam­paign against bul­ly­ing is an an­ti­dote to the “mean girls” mes­sage too of­ten cel­e­brated through­out our me­dia cul­ture.

Of course, lots of celebri­ties use their plat­form to ad­vance pos­i­tive causes. But it takes unimag­in­ably huge amounts of courage, es­pe­cially for women, to speak out in the realm of so­cial me­dia — the do­main of the misog­y­nist troll.

Lilly Singh is an in­domitable, ra­di­ant and bound­less source of pos­i­tive en­ergy who in­spires us and in­spires youth across North Amer­ica.

Singh started shoot­ing videos from her par­ents’ Markham home

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