When I think of someone who inspires a generation of young creative minds to stand up for what they believe in and be unapologetically themselves, I only think of one person. The image that pops into my mind is one of the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Harry Styles.
Aside from being a style icon, dreamy heartthrob, and total singing machine, Harry Styles is a powerhouse for the people! Young adults today, myself included, look up to Harry Styles because of his unapologetic nature and passion for good. The examples of this go on and on. A prominent one that sticks with me is how Harry ends his shows wrapped up in a pride flag to show his support to the LGBTQ+ Community. Another example is that Harry Styles’ merch is all tagged with the phrase “Treat People With Kindness”. This which works to spread love and positivity in the community he has built of devoted fans. Harry also is extremely experimental with his style, and surprisingly this has a bigger impact on the normal people of the world than it does Anna Wintour. His mix of feminie clothing into his wardrobe gives courage for those who feel trapped in one identity to dress in a way that makes them feel most comfortable. Along with all of that, Harry has also donated millions to charities and organizations all over the world.
I personally feel more than comfortable saying that I love Harry Styles and he is one of my favorite singers. Arguably, even to the snobbiest critic every song is a bop and a half. The lyrics included in his hit songs are personal and dramatic, but still manage to be relatable to millions of people from all different walks of life. You can tell that he draws lots of inspiration from classic artists before him, such as The Beatles. This gives him a nostalgic sound and creates unity between his young and old fans.
Some of my favorite songs by him between both of his albums are “Sweet Creature”, “Canyon Moon”, “Two Ghosts”, and “To Be So Lonely”. I would highly recommend you give those a listen! He has developed such a beautiful way of singing lyrics that is pure storytelling. This storytelling is then told over a wonderful sound that you can tell was worked on for hours on end that you can tell was heavily worked on using more than the typical instruments. His music really speaks to me and I love having such a wide variety of songs to listen to.
One thing that makes me support Harry Styles as much as I do, is knowing how much he supports me. He has said in multiple interviews how much he respects his followers. When faced with criticism over having young teenage girls as his primary fan base, he replied with how these young girls are the future doctors, lawerys, teachers, leaders, and mothers of the world. He said that it is because of this, their opinions matter and shouldn’t be disregarded. Knowing that there is someone out there that views me as a respectable member of society and not just a sparkly pink teenager feels really good!
Harry Styles is honestly just the best. I do not know a single soul who dislikes him or any of the wonderful things he stands for. He is an example of an artist who has used his platform to spread only positivity and good music. I cannot wait to see the look on his face when I read this to him at our wedding!