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. Pons is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.
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 15 million subscribers, and 37.4 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.
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." 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."
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.
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 Sofía Vergara, Gaby Espino, and Shakira. In 2016, she was signed with entertainment company 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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