The internet has brought so many stars to light in the past but only the best such as Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, and now Awkwafina got to make it and become bonafide members of the mainstream entertainment industry.
Awkwafina is a rapper who has come to be known for her vulgar and funny lyrics. She is also an actress as she has appeared in movies such as Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians.
Awkwafina Biography (Age)
Although it is as Awkwafina that she is known, the rapper was born Nora Lum on 2 June 1988 in New York City to a South Korean immigrant mother who was a painter and a Chinese American father. When she was 4, she lost her mother and so she was mainly raised by her paternal grandmother in Forest Hills, Queens.
Lum got her high school education from LaGuardia High School before proceeding to the State University of New York at Albany where she majored in journalism. From 2006 to 2008, she moved to China where she studied Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Culture University.
Inasmuch as Nora Lum came from a line of restaurateurs, she had always had a knack for music with no interest in the kitchen. She started playing the trumpet as a girl of 11 and went on to play the instrument in high school where she had classical and jazz training. By the time she was 13, she had already started rapping.
Between 15 and 16, Lum decided she needed a stage name that was rather stupid and funny; that was how she arrived at Awkwafina which also had ‘awkward’ in it.
She first worked at Vegan Bodega when she was done with college, making nine dollars an hour.
In 2012, she released her first song My Vag which immediately made her popular on the internet amassing more than 4 million views on YouTube. However, it also cost her her corporate job. In 2013, she released her album Yellow Ranger followed by In Fina We Trust in 2018.
The rapper began her acting career in 2014 when she appeared on the third season of the American comedy television series Girl Code until 2015 when she became a co-host of Girl Code Live. Her first film role was in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) in which she appeared as Christine. Among her other movies are Ocean’s 8 (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), The Farewell (2019), and Paradise Hills (2019).
More so, Awkwafina has also done voice acting for Quail in Storks (2016), Apple in Regular Show (2015), and Annie in Animals (2018).
As regards recognition, Awkwafina was named We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year at the 2019 Dorian Awards and she received a Halekulani Maverick Award at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival. With San Diego Film Critics Society Awards and SAG Awards nominations for Crazy Rich Asians, she is tagged by some as one of the big snubs of the Oscars 2019.
Beyond music and acting, she is also a published writer. In 2015, she published a travel guide to New York City, Awkwafina’s NYC.
Her Net Worth
Apart from music and movies, Awkwafina has been involved in a lot of other things including comedy and TV hosting. It is thanks to all these that she has a net worth that is estimated at $4 million.
Considering that her big break came in 2018, her fortune may be on the rise soon.
Boyfriend – Is She Gay Or Lesbian?
As regards her sexual orientation, there is nothing to suggest that she is lesbian even though she has not said anything about it. However, the actress has been in a number of relationships in the past with men.
According to her, when she was freshly out of college, she was not what one could call the ideal girlfriend but she was set up on a blind date by her friend. Although the guy was physically her type, he was hyper-intellectual which she found boring and he didn’t like the real her.
After then, she later got into another relationship with someone whose name she has not given out. She revealed that she has been with her boyfriend for a long time but she does not believe she is the kind of woman that would want to retire into a family.
Awkwafina is not one of the tallest women you would find around as she only has a height of 5 feet 1 inch. Nonetheless, this is not a problem for her as it has never made her feel inadequate in any way.