Meet the pop princess ready to rule your playlists.
Kim Petras is on the cusp of breaking through big time, having amassed well over 11 million streams on Spotify alone since launching her music career back in the summer.
The 25-year-old’s shimmering pop brilliance is fully realised on her debut single I Don’t Want It At All, as she puts a microscope over the sugar daddy culture of LA girls.
With a cameo from Paris Hilton in the accompanying music video, Kim is quickly racking up those famous fans too.
“I didn’t want to believe it until she showed up on set,” Kim told the January 2018 issue of Gay Times. “Then it actually happened and she was the sweetest, coolest girl.”
She has been releasing a new song a month since August, including bops such as Hillside Boys, Faded, and Slow It Down.
But this isn’t the first time Kim has been in the media spotlight.
At the age of 12, Kim started taking hormone blockers and began transitioning. Then at 16 years old, she became one of the youngest people to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
Kim’s transition was filmed for a documentary and broadcast in her native country of Germany, going on to make international headlines.
There has been much debate around the age a young person should be allowed to undergo gender confirmation surgery from certain corners of the media.
“I think the earlier the better,” Kim said to us. “I was very very sad at five years old because I realised I was going to have to go through male puberty. I clicked pretty fast on the whole thing.
“My parents had obviously seen me from when I was born and were like, ‘Yeah, you’re a girl – you’ve never acted in a different way.’
“What really calmed me down was that my parents were telling me at five years old that once I was ten we could actually do something and get hormone blockers.
“They said they’d do whatever it takes to do that. They helped me stay alive as a kid, knowing that we were going to do this and help me transition.”
Kim added: “It’s extremely important that people are educated about it – especially parents. It’s great when parents let their kids do it really early.”
You can read the full interview with Kim Petras in the January 2018 issue of Gay Times, which is available to buy here.
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