Publish date:

Young M.A Opens Up About Her Struggle With Femininity: “I Wasn't Happy”

“I was lost. I didn't know what I was trying to do.”

Understanding the link between your appearance and identity—especially as an artist in the spotlight—is rather daunting, but it can also be groundbreaking for struggling fans. In a recent interview with Glamour, New York rapper Young M.A opened up about her struggles with femininity in light of being gay and seeking acceptance from her mother.

“I was a tomboy as a kid,” she foregrounds. “I played football and basketball with the boys. In my mind I wanted to be a little boy. I had one little phase when I was trying to be girly between 15 and 17. I was lost. I didn't know what I was trying to do. I wasn't happy.”

What Young M.A described is the struggle so many queer kids face when their identity doesn’t match the presentation or persona they feel they’re expected to deliver. With that comes a harrowing duality that has you second guessing every minute aspect of your appearance. The concept of performing femininity for acceptance is not exclusive to LGBTQ+ youth but rather a universal pressure that can have dangerous consequences.



9 Types of Record Deals In 2021: Explained

A break down of the different types of record deals an artist or producer could sign in 2021. Which one is best for you? It depends.


Isaiah Rashad, Skepta & Sarkodie: Best of the Week

Isaiah Rashad, Skepta, Sarkodie all released new songs that were selected for Audiomack’s ‘Best of the Week.’


Sarkodie Feels No Pressure

Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie is 10 years into an illustrious career that has seen him rise from underground acclaim to household name.

“I was a boy all my life growing up, and then I was just like: Maybe this is a phase,” Young M.A continued. “Maybe I should try to be a little more girly, for my mom's sake. I always liked women, and I didn't think my mom accepted me even though she did.”

Throwing on makeup and retooling your wardrobe in a bid for external validation is a harsh reality. In the process of fitting into a box, you crush your true self. Luckily, by sharing her story, Young M.A allows herself to be a light for her queer fans and anyone else struggling to accept themselves and bridge the gap between who they feel they are and who they're expected to be.

“Now I look at beauty as, like I said, being yourself, being happy with you, loving the skin you're in,” Young M.A concluded, reminding us all that it does get better and everyone does have the chance to fall in love with themselves.



Young M.A Has Arrived & She’s Bringing Brooklyn With Her

With an uncompromising brand of hip-hop in tow, Young M.A is dead set on refreshing our memories of that classic BK sound.


Kid Cudi Opens Up About Suicidal Thoughts

"I was thinking of ways to do it."


The Making of Young M.A: Interview

Queen of New York, Young M.A, speaks on the music industry and staying grounded in a new interview with Audiomack.


Young M.A ‘Red Flu’ 1 Listen EP Review

Young M.A’s ‘Red Flu’ is an ideal offering from the Brooklyn rap star.

Young M.A 'Herstory In The Making' 1 Listen Album Review

Young M.A ‘Herstory in the Making’ 1 Listen Album Review

Young M.A’s long-awaited debut is a tale told two years too late.

Vic Mensa Opens Up About Mental Health: "I'm Not Weak"

Vic Mensa Opens Up About Mental Health: "I'm Not Weak"

"A lot of young men of color have trauma that goes unaddressed for fear of being perceived as weakness."