Kim Petras is dubbed as the "world's youngest transsexual" after undergoing gender confirmation surgery at the tender age of 16. But the 30-year-old wanted to be known as herself in the music scene, where she's now gradually emerging and making a name.
Thanks to her mega-hit "Unholy" with Sam Smith, Petras has made several firsts as an openly transgender in the business. That said, know more about the Los Angeles-based artist and see the net worth she has already amassed.
Kim Petras Career
The artist started recording music when she was still a teenager. In 2017, she independently released her international debut song, "I Don't Want It at All," followed by several tracks, like "Feeling of Falling," "Heart to Break," and "1, 2, 3 Dayz Up," which charted on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
After two years, she independently dropped her debut album, Clarity, and her second studio album, Turn Off the Light.
Between 2016 and 2020, she released her music as an independent artist under her own imprint, BunHead Records. Come 2021, she signed with Amigo and Republic Records, releasing the EP Slut Pop.
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In 2022, her collaboration song "Unholy" with Smith became a smash hit, topping international charts, like the U.K. Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 11.
This song made her the first openly transgender solo artist to reach number one in the U.S. She, too, became the first openly transgender artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
As an emerging artist, Petras has already amassed a net worth of $4 million.
Kim Petras Now Treated as a Pop Star
In an interview with Billboard, Petras revealed she finally started to be treated as a pop star after Madonna's introduction at the recent Grammys despite being in the business since 2017.
She admitted that people treated her differently after "Unholy" became a big hit.
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"[Before] it was like, 'Oh, the gays love her,' but people didn't want me on their songs," she said.
"I didn't get budgets approved. It was rough. I've been an independent artist for so long just hustling and playing clubs, and now different people are hitting me up to collaborate and get in the studio," she continued. "It's cooled that people are catching on."
She then noticed that the industry had changed its attitude toward trans artists after five years since she started her career.
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"When I tried to sign to [labels] in the beginning of my career, it was like, 'What is the fan base going to be? How do we market this? There isn't a place for you,'" she explained. "Then I went to gay clubs and built a solid fan base and showed everyone it's possible. Now they have to accept it. I'm happy there are more trans artists now that are being taken seriously. I just don't want to be the last."
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