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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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32 comments

  • وحيد ج.
    a day

    Good job

  • Ayano N.
    2 days

    👸🏻

  • Alyssa L.
    2 days

    Okay but like I remember her from girl code on mtv tho

  • Ah P.
    2 days

    Skol e ng ot

  • Lena N.
    3 days

    pREACH 💕💕👏👏👏

  • Êmìłÿ Ś.
    4 days

    Kn pu pa c hi Nn thei hri m

  • Nik A.
    4 days

    She is awesome 😎

  • Lucia P.
    7 days

    her dad is so handsome wtf? Lol

  • Yeshey J.
    7 days

    Helio good morning my beautifuly dear

  • Violet D.
    01/20/2020 14:54

    Braaap braap pew pew

  • Mohamad H.
    01/20/2020 06:39

    Love her

  • Adri B.
    01/20/2020 03:42

    I LOVE her

  • Manal C.
    01/19/2020 21:27

    ...😂😂

  • Mike M.
    01/19/2020 17:53

    she sounds and looks like you bro lmaooooo

  • ヒスイ リ.
    01/19/2020 01:22

    omg it’s lay lay from jumanji

  • Haji H.
    01/18/2020 22:23

    Chinoooooo

  • Joyelle N.
    01/17/2020 14:27

    Excited for the new little mermaid because she will be playing scuttle

  • Mian S.
    01/16/2020 19:14

    Hi

  • Nurcahyo H.
    01/14/2020 07:50

    She did super on The Farewell

  • Eliz R.
    01/13/2020 16:10

    Iis her name pronounced like Aquafina?