Superwoman has evolved.
YouTuber and soon-to-be late-night host Lilly Singh announced in an Instagram post Tuesday that she’ll no longer be known as “Superwoman,” the moniker under which she rose to fame.
Singh, who’s used the nickname for almost a decade, wrote in her post that when she initially chose it for her YouTube account, she didn’t think much of it. It just matched her MSN messenger screen name.
“Based on a song by Lil Mo and Fabulous, I used to call myself Superwoman growing up because like any kid I wanted so badly to deal with life’s obstacles like a hero,” she explained in her post. “As I grew up, I held on to this belief that everyone could be their own superhero.”
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Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is @Lilly. ••••••• Nine years ago I decided to make a YouTube channel and thought nothing of it. I didn’t think it would alter my life path, turn into a career and to be honest I didn’t even think I’d upload more than five videos. When prompted to choose a username I instinctively typed Superwoman because it had been my MSN messenger screen name (shoutouts millennials). Based on a song by Lil Mo and Fabulous, I used to call myself Superwoman growing up because like any kid I wanted so badly to deal with life’s obstacles like a hero. As I grew up, I held on to this belief that everyone could be their own superhero. Until this day I truly believe that we have all the tools we need to be our own saving grace. It’s been heartwarming and empowering to hear people address me as Superwoman, a name I worked so hard to live up to. But today as I type this, as the person I’ve grown into, I feel even more empowered by the name Lilly. Lilly has become an even bigger hero than Superwoman on this journey through my life. Lilly encompasses everything it took to get to where I am… and it’s a place I’m proud to be. And so at this time, it feels right to give thanks to the moniker Superwoman and to lay the cape to rest. Today my biggest and best super powers lay within Lilly and thus Lilly I shall be. Aka new handle is @Lilly. Wooop! Woop! Holla atcha girlllll 💃🏽💪🏽❤️
Singh wrote that she hasn’t wavered from her philosophy. And though she understands that it’s been “heartwarming” to hear fans address her by her superhero name, she feels “even more empowered by the name Lilly.”
“Lilly has become an even bigger hero than Superwoman on this journey through my life. Lilly encompasses everything it took to get to where I am… and it’s a place I’m proud to be.”
Officially shedding her old name, Singh concluded, “Today my biggest and best super powers lay within Lilly and thus Lilly I shall be.”
Over the past few months, Singh has experienced several watershed moments. The comedian came out as bisexual in February, announcing that she was “fully embracing” all her traits as superpowers. The next month, NBC announced that Singh would be taking over NBC late-night host Carson Daly’s time slot, making her the only female late-night host currently on a major broadcast network.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
By Kimberly Yam