He is Laith Ashley, the trans model who is part of the latest Taylor Swift video clip
Once again, the American singer Taylor Swift took to social media to make a new release of his most recent recording project ‘Midnights‘. It was on January 27 when the video clip for the third song from that album premiered. ‘Lavender Haze’. The audiovisual, written and directed by herself, drew attention, among other things, for the leading role laith ashleya Trans model of Dominican descent.
The three-minute and thirty-second clip has generated thousands of reactions on social networks, especially from those who have dedicated themselves to highlighting Swift’s work on inclusion issues in artistic projects like hers. from the portal of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) praised the singer-songwriter’s work. The director of this space, Alex Schimder, commented that it is about “a great moment for representation in many ways.”
The activist assured that, in addition to the importance of the participation of laith ashley In Swift’s project, it is noteworthy that in the video clip the model plays the role of who would be Taylor’s partner, which implies a greater value. “She Appears, no less, than as a character of taylor’s wish”, he wrote on his social networks Alex Schimder.
It is worth remembering that the singer has been a firm activist for the rights of the community LGBTIQ+. In the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards of the Year 2020, one of the most important awards in the community, Taylor gave a speech in which he promised to always work to defend the well-being of this population. In that version of the awards, Swift took the prize ‘Icon Award’.
“I am very grateful for receiving this award. I want to thank everyone who participated in the decision that I deserved it. Above all, I want to thank the fans for giving me a platform to make music and express myself about the things that I think are right and wrong, ”she began by saying the artist behind songs like ‘You Need To Calm Down’ Y ‘Shake It Off’.
“I strongly believe that everyone should be able to live out their love story without fear of discrimination and the way to make that happen is for us to keep pushing governments to put in place protections for members of the LGBT community. I promise to always defend that. I am so grateful for this incredible award. Thank you very much,” she added.
He was born on July 6, 1989, in NYin the USAalthough it has roots Dominican. Study psychology and, in college, he worked as a community teen counselor for LGBTIQ+.
At the age of 24, according to what he himself recounted in an interview for the Susana Giménez program, he began his transformation process with testosterone. At the age of 17 he came out as gay and, he says, from the age of five he felt Conflicted with his sexual identity.
“It took me a long time to make the decision to make the change (…) I started my medical transition at 24 years old with hormones and at 9 months I underwent one surgery in the United States (…) At school I was not bullied until I was 12 years old, when my classmates began to ask me why I was a tomboy. I had no answer, I just told them that I felt comfortable the way I was, ”he recounted in his talk with the aforementioned portal.
Before reaching the world of fashion thanks to the campaign of Barneys in New YorkI worked as an insurance agent. She caught the attention of the fashion industry after uploading the result of a photo shoot to Instagram. She then came to star in campaigns for prestigious fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and Dieses. Likewise, he has been photographed by magazines such as GQ, Vogue, Elle, Attitude and FTM Magazine.
“Thank you Taylor Swift for allowing me to have a small role in your story. You are brilliant and this is an experience I will never forget. It was really magical. Your storytelling abilities through your music and visuals continue to leave me in awe, inspired and hopeful. Thanks for being an ally. and for using continually your platform for good. representation matters and love will always win!”, wrote the model on his Instagram account.
The singer, for her part, on her Twitter profile, described Leith as “incredible” and stated that she had “adored” working with him.