Lilly Singh will be the first woman to host late night television in the first time in 30 years.
Last night, on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Lilly Singh announced that she will be the host of her very own late night television show on NBC replacing Carson Daly. After this move, Lilly will be the first woman to host late night for a Big Four late night network for the first time in 30 years since Joan Rivers had her show in 1987. She will, also, be the first millennial and "bisexual woman of color to host a late night show on broadcast television," according to BuzzFeed. On top of that, she currently will be the only woman to host late night for one of the Big Four networks.
If anyone who knows me asks me to list my top female role models, right alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar/Buffy and Michelle Obama, I will always include Lilly Singh. I have already raved about her work ethic (yeah, that's what I really love the most) and her seemingly impossible positive attitude. That positive attitude is paired with the deep understanding that she has gained about the entertainment industry and her ability to self-reflect that she conveys through her vlogging channel.
For some additional context, Lilly Singh is a multi-threat in both the entertainment industry and as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. She isn't just a YouTuber and online comedian, but an author ("How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life"), an actor ("Fahrenheit 451"), UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an entrepreneur/philanthropist ("#GirlLove Campaign" for Girl's Education). She's also created her own production company in 2018, "Unicorn Island Productions," and is working with experts in the field to grow her brand.
I am proud of her immensely and feel an amazing sense of "I know now -- I have always known, but now I really know now -- that I can do this, too." Regardless of what that "this" is, there is something about seeing Lilly toasting herself between two major figures (in the picture above) in the entertainment industry and carrying herself with the same confidence as the two of them while looking completely different. You can see that there's a reason why she's called "Superwoman."
I aim to inspire the same way with my own students and with any future endeavors that I want to accomplish. For me and millions of others out there, she is someone who represents the possibility to become what we taped to our own vision boards since we were kids. And, Lilly is part of that chain of inspiration.
Congratulations, Lilly! Good luck to you and know that you have made us all proud!