Here are 4 LGBT+ pop stars to watch in fashion
Written with reporting and editing by Devin Nonnenman
Individuality is something artists are constantly looking for. In the pop music scene, an artist’s image largely contributes to their launch to success — the music industry’s ever-changing landscape has created a demand for new artists, new sound and new looks.
The expectations on breakout musicians are greater than ever, and for queer artists, the bar is set even higher. Here are some LGBT+ icons that slay both the charts and the runway with ease.
Troye Sivan already had a large social media following via YouTube, but his transition solely into music didn’t feel complete until he switched up his style. It's felt as though him bleaching his hair was his way of fully committing.
This was his new Brand™ and the stans were here for it! “Blue Neighbourhood” was iconic in its own right, but with his new look, fans knew Sivan was ready to be the pop queen he was destined to be.
Halsey is the Internet’s favorite bicon to love and favorite bicon to hate. She’s been the queen of dreamy, Tumblr girl looks since the day “Room 93” dropped and so much of the appeal of Halsey’s journey is never knowing what look she’s going to do next.
Halsey's teal blue hair was her signature all the way through “Badlands” — next to clean lines, athleisure and a dash of pop punk flair.
But once she began to grow, her hair almost seemed like a diary to the public eye as to what she was going through. After rocking braids, baby Afros, cotton candy pink and plain bald head, Halsey moved on to a blonde crop when “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” came around.
G-Eazy and Halsey were together for about a year — since August 2017 — before they split, and after what felt like forever, her blue hair made a comeback.
Maybe this means we’ll be lucky to get her old sound back this next album cycle… Fingers crossed.
Hayley Kiyoko is an artist that gradually became a pop sensation and over the course of that transformation, we’ve seen many variations of her boyish-yet-feminine, street-style look. Kiyoko mixes distressed denim, sweatshirts and neon windbreakers with glitzy jewelry and soft bralettes.
Her Nylon cover shoot was one of her first big magazine slots and Miss Kiyoko did not come to play. A glossy Kiyoko was photographed in rainbow-sherbet-colored jeans, tank-tops and sweatpants. With that look in her eyes that makes the gays melt — and has everyone else quaking — Kiyoko earned her Nylon title of “American teen lesbian heartthrob.”
Like with Halsey, Kiyoko’s evolving hair has been instrumental to her look as an artist. In the earlier stages of her career — after the sideswept bangs of “Lemonade Mouth” — we saw an undercut that seemed to tell the world how tough Kiyoko was.
But later on, in the video for “Sleepover,” she introduced her iconic split pink-and-yellow hair. It revealed a visibly softer side to her, yet one still laced with individuality. Kiyoko stuck with a version of this hair — with rainbow streaks, of course — for a while before going back to straight-up blonde.
It’s rare to find an artist who can keep their style on point everywhere from big brand collabs to award show podiums: from her collab with GLSEN and UO for their 2018 Pride campaign or at Radio City Music Hall accepting the Billboard Push Artist of the Year award on Monday. Her ability to stick to what makes her feel comfortable keeps her up-to-date and relatable, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Janelle Monáe? A visionary. She’s always the topic of conversation at any award ceremony she shows up to. Since Monáe first splashed onto the scene in 2010, she has given us look upon look that does not conform to societal ideals of femininity.
She consistently maintains her glam in her face and hair, while pulling off calculated risks in her outfits, like combining suits with capes and skirts.
Typically, Monáe has a very monochromatic color scheme, but her red and Pride-themed looks are bold choices we always love.
Monáe always been vocal about not being dressed for the male gaze and we love her for that. With her beautiful take on androgyny, Monáe takes something that might only work on a runway and she makes it entirely her own.
To be out and unapologetically oneself is everything, and Halsey, Sivan, Kiyoko and Monáe remind us of that.
With their wild sense of style, snatched hair and inclusion of queer, trans, and nonbinary bodies in narratives, these visibly queer artists are pushing the boundaries of the music industry. We love a bop that can top charts, but we stan a gay icon who can turn looks as well. 🍒