Awkwafina is an American rapper and actress. She made her film breakthrough in 2018 with her roles in the films Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. She has released two studio albums, Yellow Ranger and In Fina We Trust. Awkwafina first gained popularity for her song “My Vag”, a response to Mickey Avalon’s “My Dick”. The music video has garnered over four million views on YouTube. Notable television appearances include Girl Code, Future Man and Saturday Night Live.

Birth Name

Nora Lum

Nickname

Awkwafina

Profession

Rapper, Actress

Genre

Alternative Hip Hop, Comedy Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop

Instruments

Vocals, Trumpet

Labels

Independent

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Awkwafina was born on June 2, 1988 in New York City, United States.

Age

She is currently 30 years old.

Sun Sign

Gemini

Ethnicity

Asian

Her father is Chinese American while her mother is of South Korean descent.

Education

Awkwafina went to LaGuardia High School. While studying there, she learned to play trumpet as well as took jazz and classical music lessons. Later, she did her major in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. She then joined the Beijing Language and Culture University in China and studied Mandarin from 2006 to 2008.

Family Details

  • Father – Wally
  • Mother – Her mother was a painter.
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Awkwafina has dated –

Awkwafina prefers not to disclose anything related to her personal life to the media, so we are uncertain about her past and present relationship status.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 1 inch
  • In centimeters – 155 cm
  • In meters -1.55 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 52 kg
  • In Pounds – 115 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 35-25-34
  • Bust – 35 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip –  34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 6 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Awkwafina is well-known for her tracks My Vag (2012), NYC Bitche$ (2013), and Pockiez (2018). She met with critical praises for her appearance in the movies Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2014), Dude (2018), Ocean’s Eight (2018), and Crazy Rich Asians (2018).

Album Debut

Awkwafina dropped her non-album single “My Vag” in 2012 followed by a music video of the song in October of that year. Both the track and music video received overwhelming response from the audience turning out to be  a massive hit. The video has recorded more than three million views on YouTube. She released her debut studio album, “Yellow Ranger’ on February 11, 2014. The album included 11 tracks including hit tracks “Marijuana”, “Yellow Ranger”, “Queef” and “NYC Bitche$”.

Film Debut

She had her first onscreen appearance in the comedy movie, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising as Christine in 2016. She also has lent her voice to film characters. Her first voice role came in 2016 with the comedy adventure movie, Storks, in which she provided voice to the character of Quail.

Television Debut

She made her first TV show appearance in MTV’s series, Girl Code, in 2014. As a voice actress, she made her TV show debut in the animated show, Regular Show, in 2015.

Brand Endorsements

She has done endorsement work brands such as Gap & Modcloth.

Awards & Nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2018Hawaii International Film FestivalHalekulani Maverick AwardHerselfWon
San Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceCrazy Rich AsiansNominated
2019Dorian AwardsWe’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the YearHerselfWon
SAG AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureCrazy Rich AsiansNominated

Awkwafina Favorites

  • Favorite Movies – A League of Their Own (1992), My Cousin Vinny (1992), Blue Streak (1999), Best in Show (2000), Saving Face (2005)

Awkwafina Net worth

Awkwafina has a net worth of $4 million dollars as of 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Awkwafina

  • Awkwafina was just 4 years old when her mother passed away. So, she grew up in the care of her paternal grandparents.
  • Her paternal great-grandfathers had immigrated to the United States in the 1940s and started a Chinese restaurant named Lum’s in Flushing, Queens.
  • She began rapping at the age of 13.
  • She adopted the stage name Awkwafina at the age of 16 years old. It means “definitely a person I repressed” and an alter ego to her “quiet and more passive” personality during her college years.
  • She worked as a intern for Gotham Gazette and Times Union and later as a publicity assistant for Rodale Books before achieving fame and popularity.
  • Lum cites Charles Bukowski, Anaïs Nin, Joan Didion, Tom Waits and Chet Baker as early influences.
  • In 2012, Awkwafina released the song, My Vag in response to Mickey Avalon’s My D**k.
  • In 2014, she was selected to take the stage during Tenacious D’s music festival, Festival Supreme.
  • In 2015, a book, titled Awkwafina’s NYC, Lum’s travel guide to New York City, was published.
  • In 2015, Nora Lum was featured in the documentary “Bad Rap,” which also profiled some of her fellow Asian-American rappers like Lyricks, Rekstizzy and Dumbfoundead. It was selected for an official selection at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
  • In 2015, Awkwafina released a book titled ‘Awkwafina’s NYC,’ which is basically a travel guide to New York City.
  • In 2017, she was honored as Kore Asian Media’s Female Breakout of the Year.
  • In 2018, she hosted Saturday Night Live alongside musician Travis Scott.
  • In 2018, Awkwafina starred alongside Constance Wu as a college friend in the film, Crazy Rich Asians. She created her own dialogues during the shoot of the movie.
  • In 2019, her film The Farewell is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019 with her playing the leading role of Billi in the film.
  • Visit her official website @ awkwafina.com.
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