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The Life of Awkwafina

She just became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical film. This is Awkwafina.

Rapper, Comedian, Actor.

Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, was born in Queens in 1988. Her father is Chinese American, and her mother was a South Korean immigrant. After her mom's death, Lum’s grandparents helped raise her, and became a creative influence. She was trained in classical music and jazz at New York's LaGuardia High School and began rapping under the stage name Awkwafina at 13. She called her persona a reaction to her “quiet and passive personality” and was fueled by her struggles with identity.

Girl Code

She was first widely noticed at 23 for her song "My Vag." Despite being rejected by record labels, she kept making videos as Awkwafina — while working for $9 an hour at a NYC bodega. Her big break came in film, not music, in 2016 when she was cast in Oceans 8. The next year, she signed on to Crazy Rich Asians as part of the first all-Asian cast in a Hollywood film 25 years. She's used her spotlight to advocate for increased representation for women and Asian talent in Hollywood. In 2019, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Farewell. She's the first Asian woman to win the award.

School of Hard Knocks

As a woman of many talents, Awkwafina says she's always been grounded in her own experience. She may now be a household name these days, but Awkwafina isn't letting fame go to her head. Even if she was tempted, living in New York helps her keep her rooted in the real world. "Being a New Yorker grounds you in every way," she told Time Out. "Before you walk out of the house, you can dress in the nicest clothes and be whoever you think you are, but when you're on those streets, you're just in the school of fish."

Brut.

01/06/2020 1:11 PMupdated: 01/07/2020 1:09 AM
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163 comments

  • M A.
    06/17/2020 03:08

    Nice

  • Kyle P.
    02/29/2020 19:25

    I love how If you are not white the news will always say the first black, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Korean, or what ever you may be. Lmaooo who’s gives a flying F!!! Color isn’t suppose to matter right? It’s stupid shyt like this that irritates me and makes me laugh at the same time. Like who cares..

  • Denny-Vinny B.
    02/27/2020 12:22

    How nice, another member of the human race won an award. Pat yourself on the back along with your cronies. Playing pretend is quite an accomplishment.

  • Gilbert C.
    02/26/2020 23:09

    Love it so much look great

  • Alex M.
    02/26/2020 14:14

    Trash

  • Otgoo O.
    02/25/2020 13:24

    Her voice like boy

  • Maurício O.
    02/25/2020 02:39

    I love her. She is a fantastic actress, I like her performance in a number of movies especially in Ocean 8...

  • Selvaraj K.
    02/24/2020 12:20

    Oi.. thank

  • Vijaykumar P.
    02/24/2020 07:39

    VGOOD

  • Louise F.
    02/23/2020 02:26

    hahaah

  • Phoo P.
    02/23/2020 00:28

    Aung crazy rich asian ထဲက တစ်ယောက်

  • Leano R.
    02/22/2020 22:10

    paaaakpaak beeej💃😂

  • Ingyinn P.
    02/22/2020 16:18

    U remember who is she??

  • Momin C.
    02/22/2020 01:02

    MAF ZET

  • Tejasutikno
    02/21/2020 16:27

    mirip AYU DEWI...

  • Д. Ж.
    02/21/2020 06:05

    мундаг хүн бнашд

  • Hasnizam H.
    02/21/2020 04:05

    jumanji ?

  • Elsa M.
    02/20/2020 18:21

    She’s the girl who played the role of grandpa in Jumanji 2 ... I just loved it!!!

  • Hanz N.
    02/20/2020 17:22

    Hahahaaaaa still in need of subtitles?

  • रोस्ना र.
    02/20/2020 05:22

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