This year’s big­gest game chang­ers are do­ing things their way.

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Han­dle @IIsu­per­wom­anII Her nine- to- when­ever gig Co­me­dian Up next Mak­ing a movie

Try­ing to pick just one stand­out mo­ment in 2015 is a bit hard for 27-year-old co­me­dian Lilly Singh. From reach­ing seven mil­lion YouTube sub­scribers (which earned her a cool $2.5 mil­lion last year, mak­ing her one of the high­est­paid per­son­al­i­ties of 2015 on the video-shar­ing plat­form) to re­leas­ing a song (an ode to Toronto) with Hum­ble The Poet to pro­duc­ing a world tour (A Trip to Uni­corn Is­land) and mak­ing Forbes’ 30 Un­der 30 list, Scar­bor­ough-born, L.A.-based Singh may just be one of the big­gest names in en­ter­tain­ment you’ve never heard of (un­less you’re un­der the age of 17). She up­loaded her first video five years ago to her YouTube chan­nel as a way to over­come de­pres­sion. “I wanted so badly to be happy,” she says, “so I thought if I can make other peo­ple laugh, I can make my­self laugh and dis­tract my­self with this pro­ject.” The “pro­ject” quickly turned into a busi­ness when Singh re­al­ized there were no fe­male South Asians on the plat­form speak­ing openly about the im­mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence in Canada. “I think it was im­por­tant, and con­tin­ues to be im­por­tant, to show that part of my life sim­ply be­cause it is a part of my life,” says Singh, re­fer­ring to the hugely pop­u­lar se­ries in which she im­i­tates her par­ents. To­day, Singh now has fans world­wide watch­ing her twice-weekly ob­ser­va­tional hu­mour videos and daily vlogs. How has she nav­i­gated be­com­ing a per­son­al­ity in her own right? “With great dif­fi­culty,” she says with a laugh. “But I promised my­self I would find a bal­ance be­tween be­ing a role model while still be­ing my au­then­tic self. And I will al­ways go out of my way to try to do pos­i­tive things.” h

Polyester sweater (Pink City, at Un­ti­tled&Co), cot­ton and Ly­cra pants (Stüssy), leather BOOM and cur­sor stickers (Anya Hindmarch), ad­he­sive fab­ric “Coucou Suzette Love” patch ( #girl­spopup),18-karat- gold-plated neck­lace (Qiyada), metal earrings, pl

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