Video Review: Troye Sivan “Bloom”

Pink roses bask in the sunlight. Arrangements of red carnations, chrysanthemums and begonias grow in a garden. Troye Sivan sings the lyrics with fire engine red lips. Once his face is seen, a mark of white is painted across his eyebrow once with a blue left ear.

Inside a square, with a black background, he rests his arm on a pedestal and turns his head as the forest green fills the screen.

Against a polished wood background, he sits on a stool, wearing an open shirt with a ladder next to him.

Against a scarlet background, he lies on a red couch, wearing a Valentino feathered headpiece.

He begins to dance while standing next to the ladder. A muscled man flexes his arm on the pedestal. A female bust wears yellow blush.

Wearing a black beret and wine red leather jacket, he turns in the square and looks through the stripes. A navy blue fills the screen. He peers through the blinds and dances in front of them.

In a white tank top and smudged lavender eyeshadow, he dances in the garden.

His face painted white with streaks of blue over his eyes, he wears a floral crop top and matching skirt, he dances in front of a three-way mirror.

With slicked back hair, an open black dress shirt and pants, he tilts his head while sitting on the steps in the studio.

Wearing the floral crop top and skirt, he spins around in the street. His face painted the pattern of his floral outfit, he walks on the sidewalk at night.

Rating: 5/5

Androgyny has been studied on a psychological level, tying it to a highly imaginative mind and dominant personality traits, such as strong-willed and confident. Known psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi eliminated sexuality from the equation. He believed male and females took on each other’s stereotypical traits. Another study in 1981 delved deeper, concluding that men benefited the from being sensitive while women questioned their ambition.

Troye Sivan, with his open shirt and crop top, presents a new theory in which physical and psychological androgyny are both the same. In a feminine setting of pink and red flowers, he wears a masculine tank top and red sweatpants. Some settings cannot be assigned a proper gender. With the slicked back hair and pantsuit in the studio, he is a self-assured man dressed as the ball-breaking woman. Lounging on the scarlet, he wears the feathered headpiece of a seasoned diva, tired from the show. Either gender could apply, which adds homosexuality to the conversation.

Gender identity is the actual discussion. Sivan is both man and woman with contradictory traits. Sometimes he’s shy and athletic. In the middle of night, his paints and writes.  At work, he is the determined boss who doesn’t let his employees walk all over him. He’s a person who has gotten his heart broken.

Director: Bardia Zeinali Year: 2018


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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