Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated “Lavender Haze” music video, part of her recent “Midnights” album release, is finally out! The 11-time Grammy winner cast transgender model, Laith Ashely, to play her love interest in the video, and fans are praising her for the inclusive casting choice and for keeping representation a priority. In a tweet promoting the music video on Jan. 26, Swift shared shots from “Lavender Haze” and said, “There is my incredible costar @laith_ashley, who I absolutely adored working with.”
The video, released Jan. 27, features frames of Swift and Ashley together — including scenes of them laying romantically in bed, and then embracing and dancing at a party while surrounded by mystic purple fog.
Following the release, Ashley hopped on Instagram to thank Swift for the opportunity and express his gratitude. “Thank you @taylorswift for allowing me to play a small part in your story,” he wrote. “You are brilliant, and this is an experience I will never forget. It was truly magical.” He continued by praising Swift’s talent for songwriting and crafting videos, noting, “Your storytelling abilities through your music and visuals continues to leave me in awe, inspired, and hopeful.”
So, who is Ashley, the undeniably dreamy man who’s caught Swifties’ eyes after the drop of “Lavender Haze?” Check him out in Swift’s “Lavender Haze” video below and then read on for facts about the 33-year old Calvin Klein and Diesel model — from his workout regimen to career before entertainment, we have the scoop!