At this point you’ve probably heard Awkwafina’s name. Rapera, actress, Golden Globe winner for her performance in “Farewell”. But who is this girl really that everyone is talking about?
Nora Lum, known as Awkwafina, is an Asian-American rapper who began her musical career when she was only 16 under the stage name Awkwafina, which literally means “I’m very awkward, but it’s fine” and shot to fame with her video “My Vag”,that went viral on Youtube. Following the success of her first single, the artist presented her debut album “Yellow Range” (2014) in which she proudly boasts her cultural heritage and expresses herself unevenly about what it means to be a woman in today’s society from a hilarious perspective , comic and acid, but at the same time bright and intelligent.
However, her career took an extraordinary turn when she was selected to take part in a supporting role in Ocean’s 8 (2018), alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Helena Boham Carter, in which she plays Constance, a street hustler. That same year, “Crazy Rich Asians”also premiered the long-awaited adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel, directed by Jon M. Chun, in which Awkwafina also stars as a supporting actress playing Peik Lin Goh, alongside actress Constance Wu in the film.
There is no doubt that 2018 was a round year for Awkwafina, as she not only appeared in two great premieres, but also released her second album “In Fina We Trust”,a work more consistent with herself in which she makes self-criticism and witty reflections on the Asian stereotypes, with a clear and scathing satire. She also made stellar television appearances on shows such as MTV Girl Code, Future Man or Saturday Night Live (SNL) and has lent her voice to serial cartoons such as “The Simpsons” or “Regular Show”
Her fame and popularity has been growing little by little and we have seen her in the film Jumanji: The next level (2019),along with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and also at the Met gala in New York, which she attended with the hand of designer Joseph Altuzarra wearing a custom Altuzarra antique gold pleated lamé gown with hand embroidered micro paillette belt from Fall Winter 2019.
As if that weren’t enough, Awkwafina has made history by becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/or Musical with the film “”Farewell” directed by Lulu Farewell Wang, in which she plays Billy Wang.An award she conceded with actress Ana de Armas for her role in “Blade Runner 2049”, but which eventually took the rapper and actress-American-Asian. Awkwafina captivated us when, after giving her historic recognition at the Golden Globes, she took advantage of her acceptance speech to make a call to major studios to increase the inclusion of women and enhance diversity in the casts of their Movies.
This year, Awkwafina will release its series biopic, “Nora from Queens”, along with DD Wong and Lori Tan Chunn, the new film “Sponge Bob”, a comedy by Ryan Murphy to Netflix, “The Prom”, the next version of “The Little Mermaid” in actual image, and “Raya and the last dragon”, produced, as the previous one, by the Disney studios.
Undoubtedly, this new icon in the film industry has been another gradual advance in the struggle for diversity by trying to make 21st century society aware of this issue. What better tool than cinema and the attitude of its actors and actresses to become aware of the subject.