Eleonora “Lele” Pons Maronese is a Venezuelan YouTuber, actress and singer. Pons came to prominence on Vine before the platform was shut down in 2016 where she was the most followed woman and the third most followed viner with 11.5 million followers. She then expanded into creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she has over 18 million subscribers as of August 2023. She has since acted in film, television, and music videos; released her own music; and co-authored a novel.
Years active: 2013–present
Born: June 25, 1996, 27 years old and 5 months, Caracas, Venezuela
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Light Brown
Height: 5 ft 6 in – 168 cm
Measurements: 37-28-36 in – 94-71-91.5 cm
Bra Size: 34C US – 75C EU
Genres: Comedy, pranks, music, vlogs
Her mother Anna Maronese Pivetta worked as a pediatrician, while her father, Luis Guillermo Pons Mendoza, was an architect.
It is known that Mr Luis Pons is the name of Lele’s paternal grandfather. His day job is as a graphic designer. Mother, Mrs Anna Maronese, graduated from medical school. There are no other family members for Lele Pons. Lorenzo Figueroa is the name of her cousin’s brother.
When she was a child, her parents separated after her father realized that he was gay.
She is of Spanish and Italian descent, and is the niece of Puerto Rican singer Chayanne.
The Secret Life of Lele Pons is Pons new YouTube docuseries on her lifelong struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome.
Slapstick humour geared at high school children and preteens is the centre of Pons’s videos, covering a wide range of subjects, from embarrassing adolescent concerns to romance.
Perez Hilton interviewed her last year, and she said that she wakes up every day wondering, “How am I going to make four million or ten million people laugh today?” Alternatively, “How am I going to amuse them today, or what will I offer them today from my own life experiences?”
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 girls—I’m the other girl. The one that’s basically a nerd, but proud of that.”
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 Latin American female stars such as 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.
Pons appeared in the first episode of MTV’s horror TV series, Scream, in which she was the season’s first victim of Ghostface. She has starred in a number of music videos, including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, and “Downtown” by Anitta and J Balvin. 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. Pons has also had success in modelling.
In February 2017, she became a brand ambassador for CoverGirl. The same month, Pons walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Babe criticised the move as seeming “a bit hackneyed and past-it”. 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 10× Diamond and earned a nomination for the Premios Lo Nuestro nomination for the video.
On December 6, 2019, Pons released her new single and music video “Vete Pa La”. The music video was self-directed and edited by Pons and produced by Shots Studios.
In December 2019, Pons was a co-host on the red carpet alongside Chelsea Briggs for the 2019 Billboard Women in Music.
Pons was a guest speaker at the 2020 CES conference held in Las Vegas. As a digital media mogul and global entertainer, Pons was asked to be a speaker on the Spotify panel alongside Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Dawn Ostroff. She talked about how Spotify revolutionized music and impacted her career and how she plans on using that same model for her upcoming podcast with Spotify.
On August 19, 2020, Pons released the first episode of Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons, a podcast on Spotify in which anonymous callers share “eyebrow raising experiences they don’t dare share with friends and family”.
Pons received the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization’s Influencer Pioneer Award at the United Nations in 2022, celebrating her as a trailblazer and innovator in her field. The prestigious award, also recognized by the US Congress, highlights women entrepreneurs and the meaningful impact they are having on the world. Also in 2022, Pons competed in season four of ¿Quién es la máscara? as “Pulpo” (which is Spanish for “Octopus”). She was the first to be eliminated.
Before the platform shut down in 2016, Pons had become the most-looped and most-followed Viner of all time. In 2015, Pons was invited to the White House where she met First Lady Michelle Obama.
In September 2016, Pons had a public disagreement with fellow Vine star and best friend Amanda Cerny. Cerny accused Pons of covertly accessing her YouTube and Instagram accounts and deleting the most popular posts. Pons refused to address the accusation. Pons then told her fanbase that Cerny had been deleting her material, and that was the reason for their fall-out.
When Cerny attempted to clarify the situation with a post to Instagram, Cerny said that Pons called the police to her house to ask her to take down the post. A number of other YouTubers and Viners have criticised Pons. In June 2017, Jessi Smiles accused her of being rude to her in person and obsessive over her follower count. December 2017 saw Tom Harlock criticise her for several instances of lying to her friends over previous controversies, manipulating her audience of 9 to 17 year olds, and also accuse her of not writing her own book.
Although Pons was raised in Miami from the age of five, she remained solely a Venezuelan citizen until acquiring US citizenship at the age of 23.
Pons began dating Puerto Rican rapper Guaynaa in December 2020, they got engaged in July 2022 and married on March 4, 2023.
First TV Show
In 2015, Lele appeared on the news talk show Weekend Today as herself – guest.
Lele Pons Facts
She became the most looped person on Vine in September 2015 after her Vine loops crossed the 7 billion mark. She was also the first ever user of Vine to cross 1 billion video loops.
The topic of her Vine videos are the practical jokes, which she does on herself, her friends, family members, and classmates.
At 5, Lele relocated to Miami, Florida, United States from Venezuela.
At 15, she got her first phone.
She was introduced to Vine by one of her best friends after she got her phone. But, another Viner Jerome Jarre is the one who convinced her to continue making videos on Vine.
Pons made the phrase “Do It For The Vine” famous and is now being credited as the creator of the phrase.
Aol.com included her in the list of “10 Most Entertaining Latino Stars on Vine” in 2015.
Lele was present at the Ultra Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
In October 2015, she was invited by Michelle Obama to White House.
Unlike her Vine videos, she was pretty quiet growing up.
Lele faced the problem of bullying during her school time.
She is sometimes considered to be the next Sofia Vergara.
She may do anything for making a Vine video. She has hit a random lady in a general store with the toilet paper, messed with a cop, new bride taking pictures, a Lincoln Road statue and much more.
She though has a cousin brother named, Lorenzo Figueroa.