The South African-born singer, songwriter and actor has become an avid advocate for LGBTQ rights through his music videos. After releasing “Bloom,” a single directed by Vogue’s former videographer Bardia Zeinali , where Troye Sivan appeared wearing make-up and a Philip Treacy for Valentino headpiece, his status in fashion was cemented and he was cast in a Valentino campaign as well as appeared on the covers of Teen Vogue, L’Officiel Men and Wonderland magazine.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sivan’s family moved to Perth, Australia, where he was raised. Homeschooled, he began acting at a young age as well as filming videos of himself singing on YouTube, eventually garnering himself over 2 million followers. In 2013, he signed a recording contract with EMI Australia and, in 2015, released his successful debut album “Blue Neighbourhood,” which reached top 10 the United States. Sivan’s 2018 album is titled “Bloom” and the single is accompanied by a video, directed by Vogue’s former videographer Bardia Zeinali.
The artist’s talent and LGBTQ advocacy has caught the attention of the fashion industry, scoring him covers for Teen Vogue, Wonderland and L’Officiel, as well as a Valentino campaign for Spring /Summer 2018 shot by Inez & Vinoodh.
"I think fashion is such an integral part of the LGBTQ community. Just self-expression in general has always been such a chant of people who are like 'different' from everyone else. And so, the LGBTQ community really finds a home in fashion and wouldn’t be where it is today without it. As is fashion wouldn’t be where it is today without LGBTQ people,” Sivan told Preview magazine in 2017.
Sivan has also appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as a young Wolverine and will star in “Boy Erased,” a coming-of-age drama film to be released in November 2018, alongside Xavier Dolan and Nicole Kidman.
In 2013, Sivan released a YouTube video entitled “Coming Out,” where he announced his homosexuality to his 4 million followers.