Helping people through music: Royse hopes to be the voice of positivity

By Kamryn Guye

Pop singer Royse will be releasing new music in January. [Toby Nguyen

Let’s face it: At some point or another, we’ve all envied magazine supermodels.
   And though most of the images are works of Photoshop and plastic surgery magic, we still admire their clear skin, seemingly perfect figures and locks of luscious, wavy hair.
   The beauty industry has been criticized for these practices for decades, and though the industry is slowly becoming more inclusive, the damage has already been done. As a result of unrealistic beauty standards, millions of people have struggled with low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders.
    No one knows this better than rising pop singer, Royse. Growing up, she struggled with eating disorders, depression and insecurities. Today, she’s using her platform to help crush beauty industry standards and advocate for body positivity.
    “I’m definitely a body activist in the way that everyone should feel beautiful. You should be uniquely you,” she said in a recent phone interview.
   Royse came onto the music scene professionally six years ago, when after entering a songwriting contest at a Dallas, Texas radio station, she placed third and began her rise to fame.
   “I felt like music was something I had to do. I didn’t choose music, music chose me. And I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “My favorite part of this is helping people through my music.”
   Royse also added that fans should be on the lookout for new music that she plans to release in early 2020.
   “I’m working on a lot of new music, and I’m releasing some new singles in January, so I’m really excited about that,” she said.
   But most importantly, Royse wants everyone to know just how beautiful they really are.
   “To anyone struggling with self image, I think they’re beautiful. Everyone needs to fall in love with themselves. You’re beautiful how you are, no matter what any of the naysayers say,” she added.
Kamryn Guye is a senior at Williams High School and a Times-News intern. 
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