Lilly Singh on em­pow­er­ing women

The YouTube star is us­ing her mo­ti­vat­ing power to en­cour­age women and girls to stand up for one another.

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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.

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