Femme and Fierce --- Part One

Femme and Fierce - a sequence of profiles looking into inspirational women, that prove to the world that we girls are a force to be reckoned with.

 

This post is in collaboration with Courtney Jones, who, I’m excited to announce, has explored the undeniable talent of Lady Gaga!

 

---- Click here to read Courtney’s Post -----

Record Company Handout - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/22/halsey-you-can-be-homeless-and-a-one-direction-fan-at-the-same-time

Record Company Handout - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/22/halsey-you-can-be-homeless-and-a-one-direction-fan-at-the-same-time

Halsey

The singer born Ashley Frangipane could not be a better person to summarise the Femme and Fierce mini-series. Badass from her lyrics, to her clothes, to her Washington Women’s March speech, Halsey fights every single day.

 

The first song she uploaded was ‘Ghost’ and enough people listened to it that it actually charted and within 24 hours’ labels were expressing interest. At this point, Halsey was couch-surfing or occasionally crashing in homeless shelters around New York, playing acoustic sets of cover songs here and there. After she signed with Astralwerks, Halsey finally had to call her parents, whom she hadn’t spoken to in 18 months. And although one of the biggest turning points in her career was the release of ‘Closer’ with the Chainsmokers, Halsey had sold out Maddison Square Garden before this song was even conceived.

 

However, not only is she a musical phenomenon, with lyrics that are so real and raw, but she is also an icon. Halsey has come out as Bipolar, Bisexual, and even talked to fans about her battle with endometriosis, a chronic condition that results in severe pelvic pain. She believes that this is why she miscarried at the age of 20 – a few hours before she performed a show for VEVO!

I had a guy at my label say to me, ‘You have to bleed for this, Ashley.’ You have no idea how much I’ve bled for this
Image via Publicist - https://www.complex.com/music/2015/07/interview-halsey-new-album-badlands

Image via Publicist - https://www.complex.com/music/2015/07/interview-halsey-new-album-badlands

Halsey also has active thoughts on politics, quoted saying that she wants to be in politics. She has spoken out against Trump for reinstating the Global Gag Rule, which bans federal funding to foreign organizations that so much as provide information pertaining to abortion. In January 2018 she donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood, spoke at their anniversary gala and and works with their president on how to improve engagement with young people.

 

Her biggest struggle has been with mental illness, which she continues to overcome. Isolation has led her to dark places, where she attempted to commit suicide in High School and has been hospitalized several times. She says her best times are when she performs live.

She delivered a poem to the crowd recounting her experiences with assault and feelings of powerlessness. Her poem closed with strong words of hope and encouragement that triggered an outpouring of support and gratitude from around the world. The whole performance, titled ‘A Story Like Mine’ was nearly 5 minutes long

Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues
For the people who had to grow up way too young
There is work to be done
There are songs to be sung
Lord knows there’s a war to be won

This video makes me cry every time I watch it. Halsey is truly an inspiration. Her music allures you whilst her words move you. So take heart and listen to her words, for she inspires everyone who lives within her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.  

Stay Perfect, Messy People