Your presence is everything if you are a celebrity in today’s digital world. Awkwafina, the real name Nora Lum, is the primary example of how to maximize one’s potential in the world of YouTube and Twitter. She shot to fame with her highly controversial song ‘My Vag’ which was released via YouTube in 2012.
Since then, she has gradually rose to the celebrity status with her talent and highly unusual boisterous energy. Even her nickname Awkwafina means awkward yet fine, and symbolizes her unstoppable sleepover energy that she brings to her every performance.
Awkwafina is rapper, actor and TV host. She is a golden globe winning actress and one of the producers of ‘Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens’, which is a show on Comedy Central. She shuffles between her music and acting career, and loves to stay in the limelight.
Awkwafina (Nora Lum) Personal Details
|Nora Lum Ying
|Date of Birth
|June 2, 1989
|Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York
|Rapper, Television personality, and Actress
|in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in feet inches- 5’ 2”
|in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
|Singing, Dancing, Listening to Music, Watching Movies, Traveling, Reading Books
Awkwafina (Nora Lum) Family Details
|Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Name Not Known
|New York, USA
Although Awkwafina has divulged that she had hookups in the past, the information about her past relationships is very vague. The only thing that she has confessed in an interview is that she is in a steady and fulfilling relationship with a man for nearly 4 and a half years (as in 2020).
However, in the past, fans have always remained keen to learn about her sexual orientation as many of her videos depict homosexuality. So, her confession, which omits the name of the man she is dating, doesn’t always inspire confidence and her relationship status and sexual orientation still remain a matter of intrigue amongst fans.
|Name Not Known
Awkwafina’s Education Details
|LaGuardia High School, New York
|University at Albany, New York
Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China
|Degree in Journalism, Degree in Mandarin Language
Awkwafina’s Beliefs and Interests
There is absolutely no information about Awkwafina’s religious beliefs. Awkwafina also does not share her political views. Awkwafina was seen with Anne Hathaway, a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, at a Human Rights Campaign event in Washington, DC. She was in sync with her Ocean 8 co-star and appears to be a supporter of the cause.
Awkwafina’s Early Life
Nora Lum a.k.a Awkwafina is the daughter of Wally and Tia. She is of Chinese-American- South Korean descent and was born in Stony Brook (New York) on Long Island. Nora was brought up by her father and paternal grandparents as her mother died when she was very young.
She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in her childhood days and got involved in music. Nora learned to play trumpet at the school and also excelled at classical music.
Nora admits that she was an awkward teenager, but considered herself to be fine, so she came up with an alter-ego called Awkwafina. It became her nickname in the future. She graduated as a journalism major from University at Albany, State University of New York. A
fter completing her graduation, she took up a job as a publicity assistant for a publishing house known as Rodale Books. But when she released her ‘controversial’ music video ‘My Vag’, she was fired by the publishing house. Later, she started working as a cashier at a Vegan food store called Vegan Bodega. But destiny had other plans for her.
Eventually, Awkwafina’s career went in two different directions. Her first love was music and her second love was acting. She excelled at both careers and has even donned the hat of a TV show anchor in ‘Tawk’ and more famously as a celebrity host in ‘Saturday Night Live’.
Awkwafina’s Music Career
Awkwafina was very interested in music from a very young age. She started to rap at the tender age of 13 and even formed music bands in her younger years.
But nothing was as successful as her extremely controversial YouTube song called ‘My Vag’. Awkwafina my vag lyrics were slammed by the critics, but it got her the fame that was much needed to kick off a successful career.
Next came a solo album called ‘Yellow Ranger’ in 2014. It had 11 songs. She even partnered with a comedian named Margaret Cho in one of her song called ‘Green Tea’. Her penchant for finding comical content in Asian stereotypes remains the essence of her hip hop performances.
After her musical success, she participated in a music festival Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme and impressed fans with her energetic performance. Most recently, she has come up with an Extended Play (EP) called ‘In Fina We Trust’ (2018), which has seven tracks.
Awkwafina’s Acting Career
Acting was not on her mind when Awkwafina started her career. But her fame and personality got her a break in ‘Girl Code’. She appeared in its 3rd and 4th season and even co-hosted a spin off of ‘Girl Code’ on MTV Live show.
After the initial success in front of the camera, she got a talk show called ‘Tawk’. The show became a hit and was even nominated for Webby Awards and Streamy Awards.
Slowly and steadily, she made her way into the movies and played a supporting role in the movie ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’. She even voiced the part of Quail in an animated movie called ‘Storks’.
AwkwaThe Big Acting Break
Her big acting break came in ‘Ocean’s 8’, in which, she was paired with a very strong female cast including the Oscar-winning Anne Hathaway. The film was successful and Awkwafina started gaining mainstream recognition.
Next in line was ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ where she played the friend of the leading lady. Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians was much appreciated by the fans, and the movie became a monumental hit. It grossed over 239 million dollars against a budget of 30 million dollars.
Before ‘The Farewell’, Awkwafina movies and TV shows were recognized for their wacky sense of humor. But it all changed with ‘The Farewell’. Awkwafina received golden globe for the lead role she played. It was the first time ever that an actor of Asian descent has received such a prestigious honor in Hollywood.
Recent Acting Foraysm
Most recently, she was part of the multi-starrer ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’. The movie was a hit, and Awkwafinaas Ming Fleetfoot was appreciated for her fine sense of comic timing.
Awkwafina is soon going to be a part of the marvel universe as she is slated to be casted in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ alongside Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Simu Liu. The movie is expected to be released in 2021.
The most current project Awkwafina is involved in is a show called ‘Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens’. For this show, she is the writer and executive producer apart from being the lead actor.
Awkwafina net worth is estimated at 4 million dollars, which is quite good for someone who is just 32 years old (as on 2020). She has been part of some of the highest-grossing movies like ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.
Awkwafina has come a long way in her career, if we take into account that she started her career as a cashier at vegan Bodega earning only 9 dollars per hour.
Awkwafina Favourite Things
|Charles Bukowski, Anais Nin, Joan Didion, Tom Waits, and Chet Baker
|Golden Globe Awards – Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy