Eleonora “Lele” Pons Maronese (born June 25, 1996) is a Venezuelan-American internet personality, actress, singer, and host of La Voz México. She came to prominence on Vine, where she was the most-followed and most-looped individual before the platform shut down in 2016. Pons has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she now has over 10 million subscribers. And also she has acted, including in music videos, released her own single, and co-authored a book in 2016. Managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.
Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the United States at the age of five. Raised in Miami, Florida. Pons 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.” Also, she 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.”
Moreover, Lele Pons began her career on the six-second video platform Vine. She has said she used Vine as a showcase for the creative things she already did. 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.” And 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. Before the platform shut down in 2016, Pons had become the most-looped and most-followed Viner of all time.