It has just been announced that Troye Sivan is a Western Australian state finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2017!
The Young Australian of the Year Award recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians.
For those who have been living under a rock and are unfamiliar with Troye, he is a singer, songwriter and actor who started making YouTube videos when he was 12. Three years later, after telling his parents he was gay, Troye came out to his YouTube followers. “This is not something that I’m ashamed of,” he said, “and it’s not something that anyone should have to be ashamed of.” This video has since helped countless teens gain courage and self-acceptance.
Today, Troye has four million YouTube subscribers, 3.6 million Twitter followers, and 3.6 million Instagram fans. He’s acted alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, went to number one on the iTunes charts in 24 countries. Another single, The Fault in our Stars, sold more than 100,000 copies – with all proceeds going to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Perth. In 2014, Troye made it onto Time Magazine's list of most influential teenagers. He is admired for his ability to tackle challenging issues facing young people – from safe sex to self- esteem.
Now we have to find out whether Troye proceeds to the next round of national finalists! He sure does deserve it!
Check out the other inspirational finalists here!