Lilly Singh on empowering women
The YouTube star is using her motivating power to encourage women and girls to stand up for one another.
I found my voice when…
“I discovered YouTube in 2010. At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my future. I posted a video for fun, and it made me really happy. The idea of people around the world relating to what I was saying made me feel less alone.”
I’m all about helping others
“I started a social campaign called #GirlLove to teach girls and women that it’s cool to support one another. Together, we can put an end to the idea that women have to be harshly competitive. I’ve done videos with Michelle Obama and Charlize Theron to help spread that message. I also worked with the global organization We Day to create #GirlLove Rafiki bracelets. We raised enough money to send 1,000 girls in Kenya to school.”
I believe in the domino effect
“For my birthday last September, some of my 12 million followers did good deeds in their home countries, like donating to a charity or volunteering. That made me so proud. I didn’t tell them to go out and do that—they did it on their own. That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave.”
SUPERWOMAN Lilly, 29, is stars in the HBO film Fahrenheit 451. Check out her channel, IISuperwomanII, on YouTube.