Actress Lilly Singh attend the Vogue Women of the Year on October 19, 2019 in Mumbai, India. (Prodip Guha/Getty Images)
YouTuber Lilly Singh, known on the video-sharing site as Superwoman, delivered a heartwarming acceptance speech at the Vogue Women of the Year awards this weekend.
She became the first Indian-origin female host on broadcast television in America with her late night show, A Little Late with Lilly Sing, this year.
With her rocketing fanbase of 14 million subscribers, Singh bagged the Absolut Born Colourless Global Indian of the Year title.
Lilly Singh: ‘I never described myself as being fabulous, or stylish, or fashionable’.
Held in Mumbai, India, last night, the ceremony saw champagne glasses clinked and major Bollywood stars, activists, models and comedians in attendance.
Singh was one of them.
The actor has built a following on her pop-culture inspired YouTube and comedy sets, often trading on parodies of South Asian culture and then sketches with celebrity friends.
Singh swapped her usual uniform of a baggy top and backwards cap for an elegant ensemble last night.
“I wanted to say, growing up I never described myself as being fabulous, or stylish, or fashionable,” she said.
“I was a tomboy, I was weird. But recently I grew into myself.
Lilly Singh won the Absolut #BornColourless Global Indian of the Year (Female) award at #WomenOfTheYear Awards. The star shared journey to success with us last night.
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“I learnt to talk the way I talk, dress the way I dress, love who I want to love, be who I want to do be.
“I’ve found my true authentic self and it feels awesome. Recently I also did my first Vogue cover.
“So, I’ve learned a really good lesson that the most fashionable, stylish thing you can be is authentically yourself.
“I’m very proud.”
Bisexual comedian Lilly Singh graces front cover of Vogue India.
Her acceptance speech echoed her Instagram post featuring her Vogue India cover.
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When I was younger, I would never consider myself fashionable, fabulous or stylish. I definitely didn’t think I was Vogue material. I was a weird, loud, goofy tomboy who was always doing the most silly tomfoolery. As I’ve grown up, especially recently, I’ve learned to fully embrace all parts of myself including how I speak, how I dress, who I choose to love, my career path and all my wacky tendencies. This is my first Vogue cover. God willing it’s the first of many to come. It’s a reminder that the most fabulous, stylish and fabulous thing you can be is your authentic self. That’s true beauty. Thank you @vogueindia 🙏🏽❤️🇮🇳
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Reprising her struggle to accept herself while imploring her following to be “who they are”, Singh wrote: “This is my first Vogue cover.
“God willing it’s the first of many to come.
“It’s a reminder that the most… stylish and fabulous thing you can be is your authentic self.
“That’s true beauty.”