“Representation Matters”- Taylor Swift Shares Frame With Trans Actor Laith Ashley in Latest Music Album

Published 01/30/2023, 8:30 AM EST

Taylor Swift and her timeless friendship with almost all Hollywood gems are not unknown to anyone. All her fellow megastars are not just her gossip partners but also, to some level, professional co-workers as well. Needless to say, her extensive collection of collaborations with other industry stars has gained a fandom of its own.


Taylor Swift and her music videos have always made the mark for breaking societal conventions and stereotypes. From having some massive Easter eggs in her videos to giving goals with world-renowned actresses like Sadie Sink, Swift’s albums never fail to surprise the fans. Her latest video release is no exception either with its casting.


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Taylor Swift casts a trans actor as her love interest in Lavender Haze

After persistently breaching headlines for her major music hits, Swift is now all set to break the bars in the industry. Her first video song ‘Lavender Haze’ for her latest album, Midnights, has just hit the internet and has already gone viral for some special reasons. One of the prime reasons for which it has been a delight to watch is the Grammy-winner has starred alongside a transgender actor as her love interest. The actor, Laith Ashley, is more than delighted to have worked beside Swift and so are we.


In fact, Swift took to her Instagram to express how she “absolutely adored working with” Ashely in the video. It has also helped her “conceptualize the world and mood of Midnights,” wrote the Wildest Dreams singer. Her move to cast a trans model as her love interest in her latest video has raised quite a few eyebrows, as it flouts the traditional format of music videos and their casting.

Laith Ashley reaffirms the victory of love in his thank you post to Swift

The trans male model also took to his Instagram handle to express his gratitude for having played “a small part in [Swift’s] story.” What made the headlines was the caption written by Ashely that said, “Representation matters, and love always wins!”


Laith Ashley also thanked the ‘Blank Space’ singer for always using her worldwide critically acclaimed platform for the betterment of society. While speaking to Elle magazine, the trans model revealed that he had no intention of epitomizing the LGBTQ community or stand on its behalf. However, he is forever grateful to have a chance to express his skills as one of them on a platform “as big as Taylor Swift’s.


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The music video which was released three days ago is currently trending at #29 for music on YouTube. ‘Lavender Haze’ has already reached above 10 million views, with the number of likes standing at 0.1 million worldwide.


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Have you watched the video yet? If yes, how did you like the singer along with the trans male for a change in contrast to traditional male and female co-stars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.




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Shraddha is an entertainment content writer at Netflixjunkie. Not only does she find immense pleasure in reading literature classics and writing book reviews about the same, but she's also much into movies and documentaries of world-renowned personalities as well. She's also been the Editor in chief of two yearly magazines of an international institute as a high schooler.