Multi- award winning artist Taylor Swift has been breaking one record after another ever since the release of her 10th studio album Midnights. The 13-track record has surpassed a million units according to Billboard, becoming the top-selling album of 2022. Following the music video for the lead single “Anti-hero,” Swift shares the visuals for “Bejeweled,” which is a twist on the classic fairytale Cinderella.
The video first faithfully follows the plot of the popular tale with Swift playing the role of the bullied princess alongside Laura Dern (stepmother) and Haim (stepsisters). The star-studded clip that features Jack Antonoff, Dita Von Teese, and Pat McGrath gives an unexpected ending to the love story when Swift rejects the prince at the end.
The 11-time Grammy winner told iheartRadio, “I think it’s really about finding confidence when you feel that it’s been taken away, for whatever reason — you’re feeling insecure, you’re feeling taken for granted. One of the things we love to do at night, ‘cause we love to go dancing, we love to put on an outfit that makes us feel good, and we love to feel like we’re still bejeweled.”
Swift talks about the inspiration behind the “Bejeweled,” “I think that there are tiny inflections of me pumping myself up to return to pop music after spending these glorious years writing folk songs and being in this metaphorical forest that I’ve created, which I loved so much. But there was a bit of pumping myself back up.”
The first verse of the song, “Baby love, I think I’ve been a little too kind/ Didn’t notice you walking all over my peace of mind/ In the shoes I gave you as a present/ Putting someone first only works/ When you’re in their top 5,” is a direct indication of putting one’s own self and peace of mind above all else. The chorus on the other hand transmits a carefree energy and letting go of whatever it is that is holding you back, “And we’re dancin’ all night/And you can try to change my mind/But you might have to wait in line/What’s a girl gonna do?/A diamond’s gotta shine.”
Midnights came out on Friday (October 21). Hours later, Taylor Swift dropped Midnights (3am Edition) including seven additional tracks.
Watch the Music Video for “Bejeweled” on YouTube: