Who Is JoJo Siwa?
Teen sensation JoJo Siwa first became famous by appearing as a reality TV star on Lifetime's Dance Moms and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. But Siwa quickly found a second act, becoming a huge social media celebrity, thanks to her YouTube channel, JoJo Siwa Vlogs, in which she boasts over 3.7 million subscribers. Known for wearing bright, big bows and colorful ponytails, Siwa is a trifecta of talent — dancing, acting and singing — which she skillfully demonstrates in her music videos for hit singles like "Boomerang," "Kid in a Candy Store" and "Hold the Drama." Siwa has been able to further capitalize on her fame through merchandising deals and a contract with Nickelodeon, through which she co-hosts Lip Sync Battle Shorties and has an animated program.
Jojo Siwa was born Joelle Joanie Siwa on May 19, 2003, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Tom, a chiropractor, and Jessalyn, a dance instructor. Siwa has an older brother named Jayden.
The family currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Songs and EPs
'Boomerang,' 'Kid in a Candy Store'
One of Siwa's earliest hits was the 2016 single "Boomerang," in which she sings about cyberbullying and the courage to move beyond the negativity. She followed up the next summer with a lighter and much sweeter subject, the confectionary treat "Kid in a Candy Store." The song and accompanying music video were so popular that a Siwa 'Kid in a Candy Store' singing doll soon followed.
'Hold the Drama'
Just a few months later, the candy queen turned up the beat with "Hold the Drama," another don't-listen-to-the-haters and live-your-best-life pop track, filled with sparkle, fun dance numbers and her signature big, bright bows.
Siwa followed with two EPs, D.R.E.A.M. The Music (2018) and Celebrate (2019). She launched D.R.E.A.M. The Tour in May 2019.
In a video interview, the social media celebrity admitted she's been obsessed with bows since pre-school, and as she's gotten older, they've just gotten bigger and bigger. She also added that for her, bows symbolize "power, confidence, believing-ness."
Naturally, Siwa has transformed her bow obsession to a business and has launched her own line. Her bows have become so popular among young school girls that it's reportedly become a source of disruption in the classroom and has inspired competitors to issue similar and less expensive versions.
TV and Film
'Lip Sync Battle Shorties'
Following her early reality TV work, Siwa began appearing on kids shows like Bizaardvark, The Thundermans and School of Rock. Signed to Nickelodeon in 2017, she began co-hosting Lip Sync Battle Shorties with Nick Cannon.
'The JoJo & BowBow Show Show'
The following year, Siwa made her film debut in the Nickelodeon movie Blurt and received the animated treatment alongside her beloved Teacup Yorkie with The JoJo & BowBow Show Show. She then joined a major animation feature with a voice role in The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).
As of September 2019, JoJo's YouTube channel, JoJo Siwa Vlogs, boasts over 3.7 million subscribers. Her channel allows her fans to follow her everyday life, where she posts everything from letting a two-year-old cut her hair to creating a slime factory at home using arts and crafts.
Siwa is said to be the sole creative force behind her videos, with her mom, who serves as her manager, assisting by way of driving her around town to pick up supplies.
“It’s really fun for me,” Siwa told USA TODAY about creating her vlogs. “It’s like my version of going to the park.”
Along with her YouTube subscribers, Siwa also has a huge Instagram following of almost 9 million people.
In addition to her bow line, singing dolls and Nickelodeon deal, Siwa has also launched books, as well as lifestyle merchandise through JCPenney.
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