Ava Max, the pop queen behind your favorite dance bops has always advocated for being your true, authentic self. From unapologetically creating music free from inhibitions, to blocking out social media hate, Max is adamant that success and self-love truly stem from standing out from the rest. There is no room for being mundane in Ava’s world.
The “Kings & Queens” singer’s beliefs distinctly align with the I’m Listening initiative. I’m Listening’s mission is about meeting everyone’s mental health traits with acceptance and understanding. Being able to openly discuss what we face in terms of finding our mental health balance plays into being the most authentic version of ourselves. Talking about your most vulnerable, honest, moments has the power to save lives.
We encourage you to join our Wednesday, September 23rd I’m Listening broadcast at 6PM. With the support of artists like Ava and many more, we will be using the power of talk and authenticity to discuss the trials and tribulations that come with the conversation around mental health.
During an interview with Dr. Chris Donaghue on RADIO.COM's, I’m Listening Live weekly streaming show, Ava shares her own journey to finding authenticity within who she is. One physical attribute that Max equates to finding her true sense of self is her hair.
For Ava, her asymmetrical hairstyle is a visual representation of her self expression. “When I cut my hair like this, once again a lot of people gave me hate on the internet… but it's no one’s business. You do you, wear what you want to wear, look how you want to look… I think it's important to express yourself the way you want to,” declares Max. She continues to explain that her hair is symbolic of having the freedom to do your own thing. Others should not be constricted by conformity.
Ava discusses that finding who she is an artist and finding her confidence did not come easily. She’s had to work hard at it, and oftentimes the titles of her songs reflect the self-discovery she is engaging in. “Hashtag who’s laughing now guys,” Max slyly laughs. She continues by telling us that her new track “Who’s Laughing Now” is all about “people who tried to stop my career, people who tried to stop me from working as hard, trying to veer me in a different direction, try to tell me that I’m never going to make it.”
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.