Taylor Swift is one of the industry’s top record-breakers which racking up the most views for a pair of videos for “Look What You Made Me Do”. It is the first single from her album “Reputation.” Her punchy single sent shockwaves through the celebrity world after appearing to throw shade at Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Calvin Harris. Released Aug. 25, Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” single was accompanied by an animated lyric video that became the most-watched lyric video in its first day of release, notching 19 million views within 24 hours.
Taylor Swift feisty pop track Look What You Made Me Do has clearly resonated with listeners, as it landed the singer her first number one on the UK singles chart. The punchy song rocketed straight into the first position after it amassed 30,000 downloads and 5.3 million streams in its debut week. While the overall theme of the Taylor Swift music video is pretty overt, there are plenty of hidden references to Swift’s controversies both past and present that you might have missed. Here are the 5 Best looks of Taylor Swift video “Look What You Made Me Do” which is explained.
5 Best looks of Taylor Swift video “Look What You Made Me Do” explained
In the graveyard scene at the start, eagle-eyed fans will spot a stone with the name Nils Sjoberg on it. Nils Sjoberg was the pseudonym that Swift used for a songwriting credit on her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. On a more oblique note, the main tombstone from which zombie Swift emerges reads “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation.”
It was revealed that Swift was the creative mind behind the single, some short-lived drama ensued, with Harris slamming his ex and bringing up her ongoing beef with Katy Perry. Similarly, the Swift lying prone in the grave is wearing the very Oscar de la Renta gown that the singer wore to the Met Gala in 2014. At the time, the then-24-year-old pop singer called the opportunity to wear the designer’s gown “a daydream realized.”
In her new video, Taylor Swift sat in a tub that contained more than $10 million worth of diamonds from jeweler-to-the-stars Neil Lane. The shot of Taylor reclining in a bathtub of jewels shows a lone dollar bill amid the sparkling baubles, which could possibly symbolize the $1 she sought in damages during her recent case against David Mueller a former radio DJ in Colorado who she allegedly groped her.
Fans speculate that the single bill represents the $1 she was awarded after she won her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller. This could be shade for Taylor’s celeb enemy Kim Kardashian, who was tied up at gunpoint in a bathroom and had millions of pounds worth of bling stolen from her.
The superstar looks regal sitting at the top of a gold throne covered in snakes. Twitter which revealed a slithering snake, a direct reference to what many (including Kim Kardashian) had labeled her as after her recent fallout with Kanye West. It’s also worth noting that Taylor specifically wears a Balmain gown, a brand that’s long championed the Kardashian/Jenner family.
If elements of the scene where Swift crashes a gold sports car into a pole look familiar, it’s because they are. Swift’s hair in the scene looks remarkably similar to nemesis Perry’s ‘do, and the sports car itself is undeniably reminiscent of the car in Perry’s 2009 video for “Waking Up in Vegas.” The camera zooms in on a Grammy Award the singer is holding up; Swift has 10 Grammys while Perry has been nominated for several but has yet to win one.
Later in the music video, Swift posits herself as the dominatrix-esque leader of a factory of expendable robotic model types who are attending “Squad U,” a wry look at her own vast friendships with the world’s top models. She also writhes next to a pile of unmoving figures at one point during the scene, perhaps giving a nod to the idea that she surrounds herself with “fake” friends.
The singer dances with a group of men (including close friend and YouTube star Todrick Hall) all donning “I Heart TS” crop tops, a nod to the now-infamous tank top that Hiddleston donned at one of Swift’s July Fourth parties. The Internet also resourcefully pointed out that there are eight men in Swift’s lineup, which if we’re getting very deep, could coincide with the eight high-profile ex-boyfriends Swift has had (Hiddleston, Calvin Harris, Harry Styles, Conor Kennedy, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, and Joe Jonas).
The message is loud and clear when Swift appears on top of a mountain of her former selves struggling to reach her at the top. At one point, the latter even gets kicked in the head by what looks to be the Vetements boots she wore on the cover of Vogue in May 2016. This is a clear signal that Taylor is ready to drop her ‘girl next door’ image and embrace a more ‘badass’ character.
At the end of the video, Taylor is wearing a T-shirt with some of her squad’s names on it including Ed (Sheeran), Selena (Gomez), Blake (Lively) and Ryan (Reynolds). Swift uses the 15 different personas she’s created to voice the critiques that others have made of her, with some extremely pointed shots. While her line ‘I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative’ is another reference to beef with Kim and Kanye. The version of Taylor saying it is wearing her outfit from the 2009 VMAs, where Kanye West interrupted her speech.