100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Clay

Photo by Yana Yatsuk

“I sing and make music because it’s the way I express myself, use my voice and feel most alive. Music is the most transcendent, unifying force in the universe—for me it’s the vehicle to deliver the message of self-love and empowerment,” says CLAY, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who boasts model looks, an independent spirit and purple hair. The artist has been called a “rising star,” and her music “sultry” by W Magazine, and been compared to Adele by Hello Giggles, “but with a style all her own.” Though accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she left before graduating and just started playing, releasing her first single, “Wild Thing/3’s a Crowd” in September 2016. Formed by influences as diverse as Greek mythology and R&B, CLAY enjoys experimenting with music outside of a traditional song structure. She also sees herself as an activist and offers this inspirational message to her LGBTQ fans. “Be yourself, above all else,” she says. “Be proud of who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going. Honor and cherish your experiences. You are who you are and being yourself is essential to the fabric of the world and beyond. Be courageous and live your truth and just know that you are not alone.” —SJ