Maddie Ziegler, is no longer America’s first pre-teen sex kitten. She’s officially (almost) a teen! She marked the occasion with a sexy new dance video, wearing short shorts and, well, looking well beyond her still tender age.
Maddie’s birthday is still a few days away, on Sept. 30, but why let that stop the party?
She collaborated with i-D magazine to produce her new video, titled “Lucky 13.” Ironically, another former teen sex kitten, Chloe Sevigny narrates the clip.
You may recall, last January, Ziegler starred in Aussie singer Sia’s controversial video for her song “Elastic Heart.” She simulated a cage fight in a seductive dance with 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf.
The video caused an uproar because of its overtones of pedophilia. Sia apologized to those who were offended. But it launched Ziegler into the national consciousness. A turn on “Saturday Night Live” followed.
She also danced, although solo, in another Sia video for her song “Chandelier.”
The 12-year-old dancer stars on the Lifetime network reality show “Dance Moms.” It features young dancers under the tutelage of Abby Lee Miller. The show has also been accused of over-sexualizing its pre- and young-teen dancers.
Maddie’s new video is suppose to represent what it means to turn 13. Chloe reads from “Dear Diary,” a book written by Leslie Arfin. It’s a collection of entries from diaries of girls aged 12 to 25. They talk about their teen experience.
In one passage, Sevigny reads:
“In a parallel universe I was never hated in junior high. I was never the most popular, but definitely not the most hated, either. I would go to a state college, and find a boring job one day, where I would sit in a cubicle. This is always how I pictured that my life would have turned out, had my junior high school experience not been so traumatizing.”
Ziegler acts out the passages in scenes filmed in her hometown of Murrysville, Pa. She’s in a classroom, a diner and her bedroom. The mood is reflective while Sevigny narrates. But Maddie soon breaks into one of her frenetic, signature dances, complete with hip thrusts and flips.
The pre-teen is wasting no time embracing celebrity.
She was spotted at New York Fashion Week (hey, what about school?) attending shows by Rebecca Minkoff, Christian Siriano and Zac Posen, according to London’s Daily Mail.
Ziegler also has her eye on Hollywood. She’s said to be on the prowl for film and television roles, according to Entertainment Tonight.
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