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Lele Pons

Lele Pons

Eleonora "Lele" Pons Maronese (born June 25, 1996) is an American internet celebrity, YouTuber, actress, singer, dancer, model and former host of La Voz... México.[2][3][4]

Pons came to prominence on Vine, before the platform shut down in 2016. She has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she now has over 14 million subscribers, and 35.3 million followers on Instagram. She has acted in film, television, and in music videos, has released her own music, and co-authored a novel in 2016.

Lele Pons
Lele Pons 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Lele Pons at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California
Personal information
BornEleonora Pons Maronese
(1996-06-25)June 25, 1996
Caracas, Venezuela
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
NationalityAmerican, Venezuelan[1]
  • YouTuber
  • actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
YouTube information
Years active2013–present
Subscribers14 million
(March 2019)
Play buttons
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers2018

Early life

Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has a younger sister named Raquel. Pons moved to the United States at the age of five and was raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Miami Country Day School in 2015 and moved to Los Angeles, California. She has said that she had trouble making friends in high school, so she "would get hurt to make them laugh."[5] She has also said that she was bullied at high school. She said "I'm not like the cool girls—I'm the other girl. The one that's basically a nerd, but proud of that."[6]


Pons began her career on the six-second video platform Vine. She has said she used Vine to showcase the creative things she was already doing. Speaking to Teen Vogue, Pons said, "I started with my friends, and I started becoming bad. At first it was just being really creative - it wasn't even funny stuff." Her follower base continued to grow and Pons has said that it "got to the point where a lot of people depended on me to make them... just so they could get a laugh." She became the first "Viner" to reach one billion loops.[6]

Writing in The Cut, Allie Jones described Pons' comedy as "universal, physical, and complete with a twist ending."[5] Pons' comedic style has also been criticised. For instance, former Viner, Cody Ko, critically viewed one her sketches, saying, "This was written by a four-year-old."[7] Pons cites, among her inspirations, several Latina stars including Sofía Vergara, Gaby Espino, and Shakira.[5] In 2016, she was signed with entertainment company Shots Studios.[5][8]

Pons has used her success in Internet comedy to launch a number of enterprises. In 2015, she launched a jewelry collection called UNO Magnetic.[6] In 2016, Pons co-authored a novel based on her own high school experiences, Surviving High School, co-authored with Melissa de la Cruz.[9] Pons starred as Callie in the 2016 romantic comedy We Love You, released on YouTube Red. In the movie, characters played by Yousef Erakat and Justin Dobies both fall for Pons, who is "cool enough" to date both of them at the same time.[5][10] The movie was produced by YouTube and AwesomenessTV.

Pons appeared in the first episode of MTV's horror TV series, Scream, in which she was the season's first victim.[11] She has starred in a number of music videos, including "Havana" by Camila Cabello, and "Downtown" by Anitta and J Balvin.[12] In May 2018, Pons released her debut single, a Spanish-language duet with Matt Hunter titled "Dicen." The YouTube music video amassed 10 million views in just four days.[13] Pons has also had success in modelling. In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl.[14] The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming "a bit hackneyed and past-it."[15] In August, Pons released her first single and music video for her song "Celoso," which was directed by fellow creator Rudy Mancuso. The song was certified 3x Platinum and earned a nomination for the Premios Lo Nuestro nomination for the video.[16] On March 29, 2019 Lele released her English-language debut, and her first country song with the Jake Owen duet "Señorita" from his album Greetings from... Jake.[17]

Pons took over hosting of La Voz... México on October 14, 2018.[3] She presented the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards with Aitana.[18]



2016My Big Fat Hispanic FamilyLeleShort film
2016Insane KidsLeleShort film
2017The Walking Dead: No Man's LandLeleShort film
2017The Space Between UsTulsa's classmatesCameo
2017Caught the SeriesClean up manGuest star
2017Scooby Doo Is BackDaphneShort film
2017Latino Hunger GamesHerselfShort film
2018Airplane ModeHerselfMain role


2016We Love YouCallieTV film
2016ScreamLeahSeason two, episode one: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
2016Escape the NightThe HustlerSeason one, main role
2018La Voz MéxicoLeadingFOX EST

Music videos

2016"She's Out of Her Mind"Blink-182Runner
2017"Summer"MarshmelloDorky girl
"Havana"Camila CabelloBella
"Downtown" (lyric video)Anitta and J BalvinDancer
2018"The Middle"Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey
"Dicen"Lele PonsSinger/Lead
"Teléfono (Remix)"Aitana and Lele Pons
2019"Bloqueo"Lele Pons and FuegoSinger/Lead



List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released
US Latin
(with Matt Hunter)
20182984non-album single
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum(Latin)[25]
  • AMPROFON: Diamond[26]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[27]
"Teléfono (Remix)"
(with Aitana)
(with Fuego)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Teen Choice Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2014HerselfChoice VinerNominated
2015HerselfChoice VinerNominated
2015HerselfChoice Web Star: FemaleNominated
2016HerselfChoice VinerWon
2017HerselfChoice Web Star: ComedyNominated
2018HerselfChoice Web Star: ComedyNominated
2018HerselfChoice Female Web StarNominated
2018HerselfChoice YouTuberNominated
Shorty Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2015HerselfChoice VinerNominated
2018HerselfYouTuber of the YearNominated
Streamy Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2015HerselfBest VinerNominated
2016Herself(with Joey Graceffa, Shane Dawson, Justine Ezarik, Sierra Furtado, GloZell Green, Matt Haag, Oli White, Andrea Brooks, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Eva Gutowski)Best Ensemble Cast for Escape the NightWon
People's Choice Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2016HerselfFavorite Social Media StarNominated
2018HerselfThe Social Star of 2018Nominated
Premios Juventud
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2016Herself6 Segundos de FamaNominated
MTV Millennial Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2017HerselfWorldwide Instagrammer of the YearNominated
2017Herself(with Juanpa Zurita, Anwar Jibawi)Best YouTube Collaboration (Supercollab)Nominated
2018HerselfWorldwide Instagrammer of the YearWon
2018HerselfInstastories of the YearNominated
2018HerselfDance CoverNominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2018HerselfFavorite YouTuberNominated
BreakTudo Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2018HerselfInternational YoutuberNominated
2018"Celoso"Debut Music VideoNominated
Tu Awards Mexico
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2018HerselfQueen of InstagramNominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2019HerselfSocial Star AwardNominated
2019HerselfBest New Latin ArtistNominated
Lo Nuestro Awards
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2019"Celoso"Video of the YearNominated
Eres Awards Mexico
YearNominated workCategoryResult
2019HerselfQueen of InstagramNominated


Citation Linkwww.instagram.com"Lele Pons on Instagram: "Happy 4th of July💥🇺🇸 Guess who became an American citizen ?? Now I'm both a citizen in Venezuela and in the United States!! ❤️❤️❤️"". Instagram. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.comPons, Lele (June 15, 2016). "FIRST Q&A ANSWERED BY FRIENDS". Retrieved July 31, 2016 – via YouTube.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.tubefilter.comGutelle, Sam (May 16, 2018). "Social Star Lele Pons Will Host The Mexican Version Of 'The Voice'". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkvariety.comSpangler, Todd (May 16, 2018). "Internet Star Lele Pons Named Host of Televisa's 'La Voz México' Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.thecut.comJones, Allie (April 18, 2017). "Lele Pons Is One Fart Joke Away From World Domination". The Cut. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.teenvogue.comFirman, Tehrene (February 19, 2015). "Exclusive! Get to Know Lele Pons, the Girl Behind Those Vines You Can't Stop Watching". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.nme.comBartleet, Larry (March 23, 2018). "How the internet community is turning on Lele Pons, formerly the world's #1 Viner". NME. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.billboard.comArmstrong, Megan (January 11, 2017). "How Shots Studios Plans to Take Over the Music Industry". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.simonandschuster.com"Surviving High School". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkvariety.comSpangler, Todd (March 23, 2016). "YouTube, AwesomenessTV 'We Love You' Movie to Star FouseyTube, Lele Pons". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.mtv.comDebler, Lance (May 13, 2016). "The First 7 Minutes of Scream's Season Two Premiere Is Here". MTV. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkpeople.comHansen, Lena (January 31, 2018). "5 Reasons to Love Internet Sensation Lele Pons". People Chica. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.tubefilter.com"Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.twistmagazine.comKowalski, Kristine Hope (February 10, 2017). "So Exciting: Lele Pons Is the Newest CoverGirl". Twist. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkbabe.netLanigan, Róisín (March 1, 2017). "Does anyone know what's happened to Dolce & Gabbana?". Babe. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.sun-sentinel.comDiaz, Johnny (August 17, 2018). "Youtube star Lele Pons debuts solo music video 'Celoso'". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.soundslikenashville.comParton, Chris (March 15, 2019). "Hear Jake Owen's Sun Kissed New Track 'Drink All Day'". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkhappyfm.esHernández, Laura (November 14, 2018). "¿Qué posibilidad hay de que Aitana y Lele Pons actúen en los Latin Grammy 2018?". Hapy FM. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.billboard.com"Hot Latin Songs: The Week of May 19, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
Sep 30, 2019, 3:42 AM
Citation Linkwww.billboard.com"Chart Search: Lele Pons, Billboard Argentina Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
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