Lele Pons is a multi-talented Venezuelan-American personality known for her diverse contributions to entertainment. Initially rising to fame on the short-form video platform Vine, Pons transitioned to YouTube after Vine ceased operations in 2016.
On YouTube, she gained widespread acclaim for her comedic sketches, amassing a large and dedicated following. In addition to her digital presence, Pons has ventured into traditional media, making appearances in film and television.
Furthermore, she has showcased her musical abilities through releases, co-authored a novel, and even expanded her reach into the podcasting world. With a net worth of $8 million, Pons continues to captivate audiences with her creativity and versatility.
Lele Pons’s Early Life and Education
Lele Pons, originally named Eleonora Pons Maronese, was born on June 25, 1996, in Caracas, Venezuela. Her mother, Anna, is a pediatrician, and her father, Luis, is an architect. She comes from a background of Spanish and Italian descent.
During her childhood, Pons experienced her parents’ separation after her father openly embraced his homosexuality. Growing up, she attended Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida, before eventually relocating to Los Angeles, California, following her graduation in 2015.
Lele Pons’s Vine and YouTube
Pons started off on the short-form video hosting platform Vine, where she made history as the first user to hit one billion views, or “loops.” She was all about physical comedy and surprise endings in her videos.
After Vine shut down in 2016, Lele Pons made the move to YouTube, keeping the comedy sketches coming. In 2020, she dropped a biographical docuseries called “The Secret Life of Lele Pons.” Since joining YouTube, Pons has gained over 17 million subscribers and more than five billion total views.
In spring 2018, Pons dropped her first single as a recording artist, “Dicen,” a Spanish-language duet with Matt Hunter. The music video racked up ten million views on YouTube in just four days! Later that year, Pons hit big with “Celoso,” which climbed to number 11 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
In 2019, she teamed up with Jake Owen for the single “Señorita.” And in 2020, she nailed it with “Se Te Nota,” a collab with Guaynaa. Pons has also dropped other singles like “Bubble Gum,” “Restart,” “Abajito,” and “De Party En Party,” the last two from her 2023 collaborative album with Guaynaa, “Capitulaciones.”
Television and Film Appearances
In 2016, Pons was in the YouTube Red romcom film “We Love You.” She also showed up in the first episode of the MTV anthology slasher series “Scream,” based on the film franchise.
Pons even joined the first season of the YouTube Premium reality series “Escape the Night.” Then in 2018, she became the host of the Mexican singing competition series “La Voz,” and the next year she played a fictionalized version of herself in the action comedy film “Airplane Mode.”
Moving on to 2022, Pons took part in the fourth season of the reality series “¿Quién es la máscara?,” where she was the first to be eliminated. The following year, she joined the ninth season of the American version of the show, “The Masked Singer,” and was the eighth to be eliminated.
Lele Pons’s Other Ventures
Among her various other ventures, Pons launched her own jewelry collection, UNO Magnetic, in 2015. The next year, she co-wrote the novel “Surviving High School” with Melissa de la Cruz.
In early 2017, Pons was made a brand ambassador for CoverGirl, and around the same time walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan, Italy. In the summer of 2020, she began hosting the weekly podcast “Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons,” which features anonymous callers who share their deeply personal secrets.
Honors and Awards
Pons has racked up loads of awards and nominations for her music and social media work. And guess what? In 2022, she snagged the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day’s Influencer Pioneer Award at the United Nations. Pretty cool, right? It’s all about highlighting the impact of female entrepreneurs on the world.
Pons has been really open about her health struggles, like dealing with severe OCD and Tourette syndrome. Then she started dating Puerto Rican rapper Guaynaa in late 2020. They actually got engaged in the summer of 2022 and tied the knot in March of 2023!