Troye Sivan shared with Vogue Why a Mullet Was a Must for His New Music Video With Kacey Musgraves. Photos from the photoshoot have been added to the gallery. A behind the scenes video can be watched, below and the full article can be read by clicking “Continue Reading”.
“I’m at a shopping center with my mom, and I swear to God, every second boy has the exact same haircut as me,” Troye Sivan says with laugh, speaking over the phone from Melbourne, Australia. The haircut in question is what else but the mullet, which has never gone out of style Down Under and is only growing in popularity during the pandemic. For the record, the South Africa–born singer has always wanted to rock the mullet—and even began growing out a shag early in 2020 before having to lop it off to shoot a film. But he finally took the plunge for his latest music video with Kacey Musgraves, a remix of “Easy,” a track off his new EP In a Dream.
“Kacey and I are sort of like runaways,” Sivan explains of the video’s concept, which finds him and Musgraves on the run—vrooming down highways in old cars, box-dyeing hair in motel bathrooms, and going to melodramatic drag shows. “We’ve separately had our own experiences…regrets, scorning our lovers…and we find solace in each other.” While discussing his character with Bardia Zeinali, Sivan notes a mullet “just kind of makes sense aesthetically in my mind.” And thanks to French editorial hairstylist Charlie Le Mindu, Sivan’s lack of length on the set of the music video was no problem. After Sivan sent Le Mindu an inspiration photo, the pro prepped glue-in hair extensions to match the singer’s brunette lengths, adding a tint of green to drive home the DIY, punk effect. Sivan reveals that while he toyed with the idea of bleaching his hair and having his mullet be platinum, he decided against it because he wanted to steer clear of any associations with one infamous cat-loving antihero. “When I told my sister, she was like, ‘Oh, Tiger King!’, so then I was like, No bleach!” says Sivan. “I mean, it’s fine and cool, but not the vibe. We wanted to avoid going into Joe Exotic territory.”
To no one’s surprise, Sivan’s trompe l’oeil mullet, which features a halo of ringlet curls offset by swooped, rat-tail-like tufts down the nape, is a thing of beauty, whether feathered to perfection in the “Easy” video or tucked underneath a retro Longbrew Lager cap on Instagram. “Everything suits Troye, but the mullet takes his look to the next level,” says Le Mindu, adding that it’s his favorite style to cut for individuals across the board. “It’s nonbinary—it fits everyone!” he adds. Sivan sees the mullet as the best thing to ever happen to his personal, gender-bending style: “When I get dressed each morning, I [now] feel like everything just looks so much cooler to me,” he explains. “If you dress down into vintage tee and blue jeans, it looks cool, and if you dress up and you’re wearing something kind of like fancy, that is also sick. I think it just kind of works across the board.”
Whether you like it or not, Sivan will be rocking the mullet for the foreseeable future. In fact, when it’s time to remove his extensions, he won’t just be growing out his hair for the real thing—he’ll be doubling down on the high-low silhouette in all its good-bad glory. “I think I’m going to cut the sides short to make it worse and simultaneously better,” says Sivan. “It’s completely true what they say: It’s terrible and amazing at the same time.”