Though some have dismissed recent videos like “Look What You Made Me Do” as being petty and full of “disses” aimed at Swift’s critics, “Delicate” is earning raves for promoting a more positive message of self-love.
The video, directed by longtime Swift collaborator Joseph Kahn, shows the pop star surrounded by paparazzi and screaming fans. Once they leave, however, loneliness sets in. The true Swift is portrayed as not just a superstar but as an adorably awkward soul who makes goofy faces in the mirror.
— Carly Heading (@carlyylalaa) March 12, 2018
And then poof! After being passed a note, she’s made invisible. Stunned by her new powers, Swift dances with abandon through her grand hotel and onto the streets, not even letting a fierce rainstorm or filthy subway car floors stop her from celebrating her newfound freedom. Eventually, she boogies her way into a bar, where her invisibility wears off and she’s at last truly seen and accepted for who she is by an anonymous suitor (presumably her real-life boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn).
Fans have fallen hard for the video — which many have compared with Britney Spears’ “Lucky” — and its celebration of being yourself, quirks and all. In Swift’s case, that’s her dancing. Though her moves have been mercilessly mocked many times, she dances throughout “Delicate,” proving that no critic can keep her down.
@taylorswift13 just show to everyone that no matter how much she gets bashed because “she cannot dance”, no one can stop her from doing what she loves. I can see her passion and love to dancing in her newest MV. #DelicateMusicVideo
— Ella Cruz (@itsEllaCruz) March 12, 2018
My personal view: After the guy passes the note to her and she is left all alone, she becomes invisible. This lets her to be herself and do whatever she likes. i.e. this guy makes her forget about the world and likes her for her#DelicateMusicVideo @taylorswift13 @taylornation13 pic.twitter.com/zFlLQXsV4R
— Swifties (@SwiftKingdom13) March 12, 2018
— Rosie (@rosielovesswift) March 12, 2018
— Taylor | Minneapolis Nights 1&2 (@mrtaylorjswift) March 12, 2018
I was smiling throughout the whole video and then when the rain scene came up i started crying. The metaphore about loving yourself and be who you are no matter what got me. I feel so proud of you and I'm happy that you're my role model. #DelicateMusicVideo @taylorswift13
— A (@Swiftiebay) March 12, 2018
— | new year's day stan✨ (@AlexSwifter13) March 12, 2018
I’ve battled with depression for a good part of my life, but @taylorswift13 has shown me how to challenge barriers & has really been there for me in my worst of times. Thank for you for teaching me how to accept every piece of myself especially with the #DelicateMusicVideo ♥️ pic.twitter.com/pII9bUtCzq
— “Mauricio! You deserve someone as amazing as you!" (@MauricioSwift13) March 12, 2018
@taylorswift13 thank you for this MV and for giving life to the way I've felt the past few years like no one gets me to invisible and finally finding my people and myself and happiness I love this video and song and you so much #DelicateMusicVideo
— StarryEyesSquad (@starryeyessquad) March 12, 2018
I’ve been struggling with accepting myself and being happy on my own since my breakup a few weeks ago, yet the #DelicateMusicVideo reminded me that its self love that’s important. Thank you @taylorswift13 for everything & the music video…I loved it and I adore you as always!
— Abbey (@swiftlycleann) March 12, 2018
Here’s to dancing in the rain and not caring what anyone thinks.
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