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It would be a surprise if you haven’t heard of rising star Halsey by now. The 23-year-old has a unique electropop sound and edgy persona which helps her stand out from the crowd. She gained a significant amount of fame after her collaboration with The Chainsmokers for the chart-smashing single ‘Closer’. Since then, Halsey has released her second studio album ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’. This album received great reviews, with her leading single ‘Now or Never’ is her most successful song to date. It’s undeniable that Halsey’s sound and style are unique, but there is a depth to this rebel that is not as commonly talked about. She is a huge advocate for equality and women’s right, mental health and the LGBTQ+ community and these qualities and opinions only allow her to be even more of an outstanding role model for her fans.

Halsey regularly takes to her social media platforms to convey important messages about Feminism. She promotes not only women’s right but equality of the sexes – a true feminist. As a very frequent Twitter user, I am constantly seeing her powerful tweets which really do have an inspiring and uplifting effect. Many celebrities title themselves as advocates for feminism but rarely do you see them actually using their platform to promote and spread the message. I feel that it is refreshing to see someone using their fame for a positive influence and taking every opportunity to do so. Additionally, Halsey uses her music to promote this message to her listeners. Many of her songs do have feminist values, for example, ‘Don’t Play’ which is a clear empowerment to women. The line ‘women don’t play no games’ is enough to make any woman feel powerful.

However, Halsey has received some criticisms regarding her feminist values. She posed for Playboy magazine which is stereotypically labelled as a degrading magazine for women designed for men. She hit back hard with her response which she posted to her social media accounts:

“Yeah, it’s crazy. I can show my tits in Playboy, perform at the Nobel Peace, speak at the Planned Parenthood Gala with Hilary Clinton, shake my ass on 300 stages, give a speech at the United Nations, do 150 shots of tequila, get a #1 album, and march the streets of DC all in just ONE year!!!! Newsflash. A woman can be multi-dimensional. #WeAreNotJustOneThing”

Personally, I could not agree more. Women are NOT just one thing, and a woman is comfortable enough to show off her body does not mean that she is not a feminist. It does not require any kind of negative label society feels the need to use. It simply means that she is being and loving herself and this is not a bad thing to any degree. Halsey hit the nail on the head in response to her criticism of a truly feminist style.

In addition to her efforts to spread feminist values, Halsey is also an excellent representative for supporting mental health and the LGBTQ+ community. Regularly on Twitter, Halsey spreads positive and supporting messages for her fans suffering from mental illness. On 2017’s ‘World Mental Health Day’ she shared a heartfelt tweet reminding her followers that they are never alone. She shares her own experiences with mental health and uses herself as a reminder that you can beat this, you will beat this and you will be okay. Additionally, Halsey took part in a campaign to raise awareness for mental health and suicide awareness called ‘I’m Listening’. She uses the same platform to reach out and show her full support for the LGBTQ+ community, tweeting and sharing her own experience by identifying as bisexual. This is additionally conveyed in her music, speaking about romantic attachments with men and women.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Halsey’s music, I feel that it is undeniable that she is an outstanding role model that encompasses inspiring and truly equal morals and values. I am sure she will continue to spread love and positivity, and she has my full support. You go, girl!

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