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Trans Actor Laith Ashley Thanks Taylor Swift For Cameo In New Video

Trans Actor Laith Ashley Thanks Taylor Swift For Cameo In New Video

Taylor Swift, Laith Ashley
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Ashley was featured in Swift's video for "Lavender Haze."

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There’s a new Taylor Swift video out today, and this one has something particularly awesome going for it — a trans actor as the love interest.

“Lavender Haze” is the third music video released from Swift’s most recent album, Midnights, while the track itself is the first on the album.

“This was the first video I wrote out of the 3 that have been released, and this one really helped me conceptualize the world and mood of Midnights, like a sultry sleepless 70’s fever dream,” she wrote.

In the song, Swift waxes on about wanting to ignore the world around her and its demands and speculations, to instead focus on the “love spiral” she’s falling into — something visually echoed in a party scene in which she and her boyfriend appear to be in their own world despite all the friends surrounding them.

That boyfriend is played by actor, singer, and model Laith Ashley, who has made waves in recent years after breaking onto the scene.

“Still at a loss for words,” he wrote following the midnight release of the music video. “Trying to gather myself and my thoughts. I am so grateful.”

Although the video mostly revolves around Swift herself, the casual inclusion of a man who happened to be trans meant a lot to people, particularly in the current political and social climate.

You can check out the video for yourself below!

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.