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How Troye Sivan is Breaking Barriers

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In our society, there is a stigma that surrounds social media influencers. Mainstream media today continues to discredit them for their talents and treat them insignificantly because of the unconventional way they achieve fame. Their success is reduced to an attribute to mere luck. The society always puts them a rank below conventional pop artists and actors. Troye Sivan is one such social media influencer who broke the glass ceiling and successfully transitioned into the music industry as a pop artist.

Troye Sivan has accumulated the type of success that every YouTuber dreams of. He started his journey through his YouTube channel in 2007. His mixture of comedy vlogs and song covers, as well as a few original parody songs, caught the attention of many as he currently has over 4 million subscribers on his main channel and over 2 million on his official music channel with Vevo.

Troye released his first album called “Blue Neighborhood” in the month of December in 2015. It soon became a hit and was noticed by pop icons like Taylor Swift and Lorde. He was even nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) for his debut album and won the “Best Song of the Year” award at the 2016 ARIA Music Awards.

Despite his tremendous success in music, Troye is also breaking barriers in terms of being an icon and inspiration for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Community. One of the most viewed videos on his YouTube channel is his “Coming Out” video in which he openly declares that he identifies as gay. His Blue Neighborhood trilogy reflects the hardships that are faced by the members of the LGBTQ+ community and he has even helped his fans come out at his concert to their parents.

His success is not only limited to music. Troye Sivan was recently named the face of Valentino’s Men Spring-Summer 2018 collection and has also starred in multiple films like the X-Men series.

His transition from being a social media influencer to the mainstream music industry was certainly not an easy one. However, his work ethic and talent is what outshone the stigma that surrounds social media influencers and helped him have an immensely flourishing debut. He is not active on YouTube anymore and posts very rarely however he interacts with his fans regularly on other social media websites like Twitter and Instagram. He recently released two singles from his upcoming album called “My My My” and “The Good Side” and got the opportunity to perform at Saturday Night Live (SNL) as their musical guest.


Feature Image Credits: Coup De Main Magazine

Bhavya Banerjee

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