WOMEN UNDER 30: Kim Petras (Germany/USA)
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Kim Petras is best known as an international singer & songwriter from Germany, currently living in Los Angeles. She has been releasing music as an independent artist under her own imprint, BunHead Records. She began recording and releasing music as a teenager and has topped the charts for several singles, as well as received many other awards and recognitions in the music industry.


In 2013, she ranked as number 19 on Billboard’s Artist Chart for developing artists. In 2017, her single “I Don’t Want It at All” reached the Spotify Global Viral chart. She was also selected by Spotify to be one of four artists named as a RISE artist, which is part of a program designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars.


@kimpetras says “To me, pop music is an escape from my problems. I can put on my headphones and listen to it for three and a half minutes to forget about everything that's bothering me. It's always been that way for me. I feel like pop definitely saved my life in so many ways."


Kim originally established a public persona and reputation when she and her family began making appearances on talk shows and in documentaries when she was just 13 years old… in order to discuss her identity as trans. She advocated for herself at just 14 to seek permission to undergo gender confirmation surgery before the legal German age limit of 18. And she was successful, becoming the youngest person in the world at the time to undergo the surgery at 16 years old.


Though her transition is a big part of who she is, it’s more interesting to learn about how she moved to Los Angeles with nothing and is now on the cutting edge of pop music. In fact, the only way she was able to afford the trip to LA was by writing a jingle for laundry detergent in Germany, which helped her secure a publishing deal. 


She’s chosen to release music under her own imprint, because mainstream record labels are obsessed with her transition. But Kim wanted - and knew she deserved - to make music and find success in the industry based on her talent alone. 



Follow Kim on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimpetras/ 


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