TEEN VOGUE ICONS: KACY HILL
These 16 Rising Stars Are Making MAJOR Waves in Film, Music, and More
When something or someone is coined iconic, it’s a big deal. Which is why you need to pay attention to the game-changers below. Representing what’s next in film, music, and extreme sports, the first half of our class of future icons, which we shot in Los Angeles, is fiercely talented. Its members are paving the way for those to follow in their footsteps. Meet 16 trailblazers who are leaving their mark on the world… for good.
Kacy Hill, 23, Musician
Before launching her solo music career, Kacy Hill had already performed in front of thousands of fans, just in a slightly different capacity: as a backup dancer for Kanye West on his Yeezus tour in 2013. “I had started making music right before that and had finished a few songs and done little videos for them,” reveals the cherry-haired ex-model. “After the first leg of the tour, I was like, 'This is really amazing, but I really need to do my own thing.'" Kacy left life on the road but, through connections she had made, her music made its way to Kanye, who signed her to his G.O.O.D. Music label five months later. She released her debut EP, Bloo, in late 2015, and toured the U.S. as the opening act for Jack Garratt. This June, she released her debut studio album Like a Woman, a project threaded with themes of independence, self-love, and sexuality. “There’s a lot [on the album] about being alone and being OK with being alone and feeling like you don’t need to be in love or with someone all the time,” explains Kacy, whose music video for her single, “Like a Woman,” covertly depicts her masturbating. “For the visuals, I wanted to convey that it’s OK to be a sexual being and not have to tell everyone that you’re empowered by everything you’re doing all the time — it’s just a normal thing. It’s really just about letting women talk about what makes them feel good.”