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‘Superwoman’, Modi, named in Time’s 30 Most Influential People Online List



YouTube sensation Lilly Singh is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rick Matharu

YouTube sensation Lilly Singh is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rick Matharu

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Lilly “Superwoman” Singh and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi are the sole persons of Indian origin represented on Time magazine’s 2016 list of 30 Most Influential People on the Internet – just two years in, it’s PM Modi’s second selection in as many years.

Singh, a Canadian YouTube sensation who possesses millions of followers across multiple platforms of social media, was described by Time as a “Indo-Canadian vlogger [who] is rapidly becoming one of the biggest stars on YouTube, both on and off-screen.” Writing additionally that her “alter ego, Superwoman, is equal parts funny and motivational, which has helped her amass more than 8 million subscribers and over 1.1 billion total views.” Numbers like these are hard to come by on Youtube, but Singh has certainly worked for this sort of prevalence. Making money and gaining fame from YouTube is something that many people are opting to do as a career nowadays, but it’s not always easy, and a lot of tips and advice from sites like Buyoutubeviews are needed. This undoubtedly is just the start of Singh’s claim to fame.

Singh describes herself simply on her YouTube channel, ||Superwoman||, by writing: “I make funny videos every Monday and Thursday. I rant, create sketches and sometimes even dress up as my parents!”

In an Instagram post, Singh reacted to the honor by saying, “What an honor! Thank you! Hopefully, people are influenced to also wear sweat pants all day like me. Then I wouldn’t be considered lazy. I would be trendy. GOALS.” With the number of followers that Lilly has across various platforms, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that she receives an instagram direct message pretty frequently, of fans showing their support.

Last month, the 27-year-old Singh released a documentary titled “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” which acted as a diary for a 27-nation world tour she embarked on. She is a scheduled participant in Mumbai’s YouTube FanFest, which will take place on Friday. The list is somewhat familiar territory for Singh – last year, she was ranked No. 8 on Forbes’ “30 under 30” among YouTube millionaires.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Modi makes his return since last year’s inaugural rankings were released, being described as an “Internet star, boasting more than 18 million Twitter followers and over 32 million Facebook likes. And unlike some of his contemporaries, he often uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy.”

Specifically, Time paid homage to Modi’s surprise Christmas visit to Pakistan to meet its Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Strikingly similar to former President George W. Bush’s 2003 Thanksgiving visit to Iraq, Modi’s trip happened during the dark of night, and was announced via Twitter.

Time said it “sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news,” in creating the list. Last year’s list also included Indian-American food blogger Vani Hari.

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