If there’s one person who knows how to be a bawse, it’s Lilly Singh. The YouTube star has become one of the most beloved personalities online in the past few years thanks to her message of positivity and embracing what it means to be unique.
Raised in Toronto, Singh began making YouTube videos in 2010 to help deal with her depression. Since then, she has since amassed a following of over 9.4 million YouTube subscribers. She’s toured the world to spread her good vibes, a journey that was documented in her original YouTube film, A Trip To Unicorn Island. This year alone, the iHeartRadio MMVA presenter will be appearing in the upcoming comedy Bad Moms and lent her voice to Ice Age: Collision Course to play, what else, two unicorns.
Having conquered YouTube and social media, Singh is now using what she’s learned about making her own dreams come true to help others do the same. Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday, Singh announced that her first book, How to Be a Bawse, will hit stores this spring.
Singh also told Fallon that her new book is for “Someone who doesn’t just survive, but conquers life. Really exudes confidence.” Singh says she knows that her peers have become known as a generation of slackers, saying “I will be the first to call out my generation. I think sometimes we get super easily validated. We go on social media and there’s a cute Tumblr quote telling us we’re special,” says Singh. “I want to bring back the art of working hard for your dreams.”
This commitment to the hustle is echoed in the description for Singh’s book on its official website, which reads “WARNING: 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 Singh’s world, there are no escalators. Only stairs.”
During her Tonight Show appearance, Singh also talked about introducing Dwayne Johnson to the weird and wonderful world of YouTube with the launch of The Rock channel last week. Admittedly, this was also a great excuse to flirt with the movie superstar. Get it, gurl.
Singh also touched on her ongoing #GirlLove challenge, where girls and women are encouraged to compliment other females in hopes of building one another up. Like a bawse.
How to Be a Bawse will be available March 2017, but can be preordered now at LillySinghBook.com.