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Lilly Singh on Her Bawse Collab & What She Won't Share on Social

Lilly Singh has attracted more than nine million YouTube subscribers with her too-real wit on everything from “How Girls Get Ready” to “Types of People on Snapchat,” plus hilars impersonations of her parents. All jokes aside, IISuperwomanII preaches positivity and empowerment—now via a kick-ass red lippie collab

(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

You often talk about Being a bawse and even Named your smashbox Lipstick after it. What Does it mean to you?
A b-o-s-s is someone in charge at work, but a bawse—the emphasis matters!—is someone who takes control of all facets of life.

What makes you feel like A bawse?
My red lip, being authentically myself and positive energy.

The Canadian talent sports local designs by Hayley Elsaesser and Helder Diego at the iHeartRadio MMVAs (Photo: Keystone Press)

The Canadian talent sports local designs by Hayley Elsaesser and Helder Diego at the iHeartRadio MMVAs (Photo: Keystone Press)

What was the first Toutube video you ever watched?
Jenna Marbles’ “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking.” It was a black hole from that moment on.

Where did you get the moniker IISuperWomanII?
It was my MSN screen name, based on a hip hop song by Lil’ Mo featuring Fabolous.

Singh grew up in east Toronto's Scarborough

Singh grew up in east Toronto’s Scarborough

Who’s the ultimate rap God?
I feel like I’ll be judged harshly for my answer, but I’m a huge Drake fan. One, he’s also from Toronto. Two, he raps with sentiment, but then as if he’s king of the world as well.

Who’s your favourite comedian right now?
Amy Schumer, because she talks about things a lot of us would shy away from.

Do you remember your first time wearing lipstick?
It was a mauvey shade for my grade 8 graduation. I was super weird with it the whole night; I just wouldn’t speak properly or bite food.

SMASHBOX Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse, $28, sephora.com

SMASHBOX Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse, $28, sephora.com

What’s your biggest beauty struggle?
Definitely my skin. I travel a lot, so I break out from time to time and don’t know how to fix it.

What’s the secret for your crazy-long hair?
I’ve never dyed it, and I don’t apply a lot of heat to it. I’ve trimmed it here and there but it’s always been long. It’s like a third arm for me.

What are your wardrobe staples?
A good flannel around my waist and my snapbacks.

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Since moving to L.A. in December, what do you miss most about Canada?
My units of measurement. I don’t know what Fahrenheit is.

Be honest: do you laugh at your own videos?
I do. Sometimes I watch, and I’m like, Wow, this is really awkward, but sometimes I think I’m hilarious.

The comedian uses brown eyeshadow to fake the beard and chest hair for her dad character (Photo: Youtube)

The comedian uses brown eyeshadow to fake the beard and chest hair for her dad character (Photo: Youtube)

What’s the funniest thing your dad has ever said to you IRL?
One time my dad caught my friends and I pre-drinking. He was angry, but when I told him drinks at the club were expensive, his response was, “Take my flask.” He is all for saving money.

Is there one thing you’d never post on social media?
I don’t see myself talking about my relationships, whether romantic, or with family or friends. I signed up for this life; it doesn’t mean they did.

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