Taylor Swift stars opposite trans model in ‘Lavender Haze’ music video
The singer-songwriter sends a powerful message of representation and inclusivity in the face of rising anti-trans sentiment
TAYLOR Swift’s latest music video for ‘Lavender Haze’ is making waves for its groundbreaking cast member. The video, which was written and directed by Swift herself, features transgender male model Laith Ashley as her romantic partner.
This representation is particularly significant in the current political climate, where anti-trans sentiment and legislation are on the rise in the United States.
Many have taken to social media to praise Swift for her decision to cast Ashley in the video. Writer Ashley Spencer wrote, “The love interest in Taylor Swift’s new Lavender Haze music video is trans model and artist Laith Ashley. At a time when trans rights are increasingly under attack, this representation is major.”
Another Twitter user commented, “Having a major pop star like Taylor Swift feature a trans man as a love interest in a charting song is a huge deal.”
Ashley himself thanked Swift for the opportunity on social media, writing in an Instagram post, “Thank you @taylorswift for allowing me to play a small part in your story. You are brilliant and this is an experience I will never forget. It was truly magical. Your storytelling abilities through your music and visuals continues to leave me in awe, inspired, and hopeful. Thank you for being an ally. Representation matters. AND LOVE WILL ALWAYS WIN!”
Swift also shared her own thoughts on working with Ashley, saying that she “adored” him. The music video was well received by audiences, garnering over 6.2 million views and over 787,000 likes on YouTube on the day of its release.
Swift is known to be vocal about her political beliefs and has endorsed candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election.
The Grammy-award winner actively supports various causes and social justice movements, advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ and the Black Lives Matter movement. She has also been vocal for the rights of musicians and the music industry, calling for fair compensation and treatment.
source – The Vibes,