Kim Petras Wants To Be Seen as an Artist and not Just "A Good Transgender Artist"

Kim Petras will open for Troye Sivan.
Kim Petras will open for Troye Sivan.
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The video of Troye Sivan strutting through the Rose Bowl with Taylor Swift as a guest at Swift's concert reached more than 7 million likes on Instagram. But Sivan is now back onstage with a new woman by his side — a newbie to stardom.

Kim Petras is a force to be reckoned with. With her stellar vocals, dance party-inducing songwriting and killer style, this German-born 26-year-old is ready to take the stage.

Petras and Sivan are set to begin the Bloom Tour in Dallas at the Toyota Music Factory on Sept. 21. Petras says she is excited as she continues to figure it all out.

“I’m just excited to meet fans from all over and I know them from Twitter and Instagram, and it’s great to finally meet them in person," Petras says. "I just want to hug them all and do a great show. Hopefully do some amazing looks. I just want to kill it, and I’m really excited for my first tour.”

Petras says Sivan was a fan of her music before asking her to join him on tour.

“I see him all the time, we help lead a bunch of pride shows together," Petras says. "We’re just supportive. Every time one of us killed something we’re like ‘Oh my god, you slayed that set.’”

Petras went through a gender switch when she was 16 and her early transition led to media attention in Germany. At 16 in 2009, she was the youngest person in the world to go through it. But she says she doesn’t want to be defined by that.

“I think that sexuality and gender identity say absolutely nothing about a person," she says. "I think what somebody does, if somebody’s talented or somebody’s smart or somebody’s kind, those are the things that matter and define people to me. I think it’s very important to speak about being transgender … but yeah, there’s definitely a balance between the two things. I want to be seen as an artist and not just a good transgender artist.”

When Petras steps onstage in Dallas for the first show of her debut tour, it will no doubt be a big moment.

“I just wanna lose control because I rehearsed so much and I put all this work into the show,” Petras says. “Just to kind of get everything off my mind so I can 100 percent be there and in the moment and you know, also enjoy this time I get with my fans. Because being onstage is my favorite thing in the world and I just feel free onstage.”

Petras has big dreams for this tour and everything else that is to come. She hopes this tour will be a taste of what her own shows would be like on her own headlining tour.

“I want to grow as a vocalist and I want to really kill every single show and just become better," she says. "And also like meeting all my fans, saying hi to them, and thanking them for their support is very important to me and I love them so much. I can’t wait to just meet them in person and make a personal connection because I feel like they’re my friends.”

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