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Who remembers this challenge? Lele Pons

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Who remembers this challenge? Lele Pons

Eleonora Pons Maronese was born in June 25, 1996, known professionally as Lele Pons, is a Venezuelan-American Internet celebrity, YouTuber, singer, and actress. She stars in The Secret Life of Lele Pons, a YouTube Original docuseries providing a look at her personal life, and hosts her own Spotify-exclusive podcast titled Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons.

Pons came to prominence on Vine before the platform shut down in 2016. She has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where, as of November 2020, has over 17 million subscribers. Apart from social media, Pons has acted in film, television, and music videos, has released her own music, and co-authored a novel in 2016.

Eleonora Pons Maronese was born on June 25, 1996 in Caracas, Venezuela, to Luis Guillermo Pons Mendoza, an architect, and Ana Maronese Pivetta, a pediatrician. Her father is of Catalan descent, and her mother is of Italian descent. She 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”. She has also said that she was bullied at high school. She said “I’m not like the cool girlsβ€”I’m the other girl. The one that’s basically a nerd, but proud of that.”

Pons has Tourette syndrome and severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. Pons began her career on the 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.

Writing in The Cut, Allie Jones described Pons’ comedy as “universal, physical, and complete with a twist ending”. 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.” Pons cites, among her inspirations, several Latina stars including SofΓ­a Vergara, Gaby Espino, and Shakira. In 2016, she was signed with entertainment company Shots Studios.

Pons is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.

Pons has used her success in Internet comedy to launch a number of enterprises. In 2015, she launched a jewelry collection called UNO Magnetic. In 2016, Pons co-authored a novel based on her own high school experiences, Surviving High School, co-authored with Melissa de la Cruz.

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. The movie was produced by YouTube and AwesomenessTV.

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