Joelle Joanie Siwa (born May 19, 2003), known professionally as JoJo Siwa, is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, "JoJo Siwa Vlogs".
Early life and career
Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 2003, the child of Dr. Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska, and Jessalynn Siwa (née Jessalynn Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa. She has one sibling, a brother named Jayden Siwa.Siwa was a top-5 finalist on the second season of the series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and the youngest contestant on season 2. She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9.Siwa began auditioning for Abby Lee Miller's ALDC dance competition team in 2014 and was selected for the team in early 2015. At the same time, she began to appear on the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms, which follows the ALDC team. She departed the team and the show in 2016.In May 2016, Siwa released Boomerang for digital download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance". "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying. Its video has been viewed more than 450 million times and received over 2.5 million likes.
Siwa is signed to Nickelodeon.
In 2016, Siwa, known to audiences for wearing large, colorful bows in her hair, released a line of bows, JoJo's Bows, to be sold at Claire's, a fashion accessories company aimed at girls, typically those age 6 to 12. Her bows found a strong following among primary school pupils in the United Kingdom and were ultimately subject to bans as teachers discovered that students unable to afford the bows, which retail for approximately £8 to £12 each, were bullied by their peers. The bows also interfered with students' concentration and violated some schools' dress code policies. Due to the bows' price and popularity, some stores began selling similar, homemade bows. In 2017 Siwa, whose bows are heavily featured in her music videos and general wardrobe, said they are a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."Siwa subsequently partnered with the American department store J. C. Penney to release a line of accessories, bedroom decor, and a doll made in her likeness, and has released several books aimed at young children.
2017: JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz
2018: Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book
2018: JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World?s Cutest Canine
2018: JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself
2018: Take the Stage (JoJo and BowBow Book #1)
2019: Candy Kisses" (JoJo and BowBow Book #2)
2019: The Posh Puppy Pageant" (JoJo and BowBow Book #3)Filmography