When we hear someone say the name “Halsey” not only do we think of her music as an American pop star, we think of her activism. This honest and fearless singer-songwriter is on a quest to make the world a better place. For that and so much more, TIME Magazine has named the 26-year-old one of their Next Generation Leaders.
TIME Magazine Honors Halsey
Six years ago, TIME first partnered with Rolex to launch the Next Generation Leaders Project. It is a recognition of rising stars worldwide in politics, business, culture, science, and sports. Previous recipients have gone on to lead nations, receive Oscar nominations, and become Olympic stars.
Born Ashley Frangipane, she moved from her home state of New Jersey to New York at the age of 17. She chose Halsey as her permanent stage name because it is an anagram of her first name and refers to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn. Halsey gained attention from self-releasing her music on social media platforms. In 2014, she was signed by Astralwerks and released her debut EP, Room 93, later that year.
Right before her 26th birthday, Halsey spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders about engaging the youth vote and the importance of educating them about politics. They also spoke on Instagram about America’s greed and increasingly widening debt.
She Talks Candidly
Fans easily relate to Halsey because the singer is open and forthright about her views and personal struggles. She talks openly about her bisexuality, her biracial identity, and her bipolar disorder.
This past summer, Halsey went to Los Angeles to join hands with those marching in The Black Lives Matter protests, and she ended up getting shot twice with rubber ammunition. She said that that was a wake-up call for her. Halsey has launched the Black Creators Funding Initiative, where $10,000 grants are awarded to Black artists.
Halsey feels that if she shares the different aspects of herself honestly and candidly, she will help to create a space for her generation that feels like a safe environment to connect and make changes.