In 2013, Sia made the radical decision to remove her face from all promotional material, explaining that fame was like an abusive mother-in-law. Instead, she recruited now 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler for her most thought-provoking sets of music videos yet. Ziegler’s inaugural performance in “Chandelier” as Sia’s eerie, tumultuous mini-me gained an outpour of praise, which was then followed by her heart-wrenching and controversial feature with Shia LaBeouf in “Elastic Heart”.
Now, the triptych’s final installment drops with the release of “Big Girls Cry” from Sia’s album 1000 Forms Of Fear. As in the previous videos, Ziegler’s surreal body language and oddly unchildlike facial expressions echo Sia’s tormented lyrics and restless voice. Although, this time around, the camera sits still while Ziegler delivers her final emotional performance.
“Big Girls Cry” was directed by Sia and filmmaker Daniel Askill, who also collaborated on the previous music videos for Grammy-nominated “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart.”