Omg where to start?
Halsey is a huge inspiration, and to be honest, I could take hours discussing why. Firstly she's a mixed raced bisexual girl with a bipolar disorder. So you have a POC, a member of the LGBTQ+ community and someone with a mental illness in the industry, and I think that's really important because she has a really dedicated fan base who will look up to her and listen to what she has to say.
Then you have the fact that she's a strong feminist who has the guts to confront some less educated people -like the people who do things like call her a slut for posting a picture in her underwear- and educate them so they can learn what is and what isn't okay, and I also think that's indispensable in this day and age.
On top of all of that amazing stuff, there's the fact that she isn't afraid to be honest. Like, her instagram bio used to say "I write songs about sex and being sad. I will never be anything but honest" and I LOVE that. If you're not upfront and honest, then who are you? At the end of the day, how will people remember you, if all you are is deceptive?
Halsey's video for ghost has a female love interest, and the way that it is portrayed is so significant, because the relationship isn't sexualised like lesbian relationships usually are. It's really really well done and I just love her. I love all of her, as she is. The music video for ghost actually surprisingly got a lot of pretty negative feedback for being 'pornographic' but Halsey didn't just sit back and wait for it to blow over. In fact, in a video for The fader, she spoke out saying;
"You know what's funny is I've heard so much about Ghost as a provocative video, when I put up the same video of me and the lead was a male, if anything it was more sexual content, there was like nail scratching down backs and, like, orgasm faces, and being thrown up on a desk by my thighs, and everyone was like 'oh what a great love story... this is like 90s love...' then I put up a video where I'm making out with a girl and suddenly everyone is like 'THIS IS PORNOGRAPHIC' and it blows my mind that it can be considered more provocative, or near pornographic because of that, which is low key why I made the video..."
Written in collaboration with one of my best friends, love ya.