Taylor Swift cast trans model Laith Ashley as her love interest for ‘Lavender Haze’ video – and it’s perfect

Taylor Swift with trans model Laith Ashley in 'Lavender Haze' video
Taylor Swift with trans model Laith Ashley in 'Lavender Haze' video

Taylor went from Reputation to REPRESENTATION and fans are here for it 

The highly-anticipated music video for Taylor Swift’s “Lavender Haze” has dropped and, wonderfully, it includes a rather unambiguous statement from the global music icon that trans is beautiful.


Laith Ashley, a trans model and activist, stars as Swift’s love interest in the feature, and she made her support clear in a tweet announcing the premiere, posting that she “absolutely adored working with” Ashley.

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

In the video, Swift and Ashley are seen lying in bed together, with Swift stroking his back to reveal a starry sky. The pair are then seen at a party, sitting on the floor in each other’s arms, and dancing together, while surrounded by purple misty haze.


Needless to say, LGBTQ+ fans and allies were buzzing about the stunning new video, which you can see further down this article.

Obviously *some groups* were quick to criticize the video and Swift herself, peddling out the usual transphobic horseshit on Twitter, but we’d rather focus on the good (which was also the majority):  


Watch the incredible video for Lavender Haze below: