Watch Sia's Eerie "Big Girls Cry" Music Video Starring a Frenzied Maddie Ziegler
The video for “Big Girls Cry” was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill.
The third part of Sia’s video trilogy with Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler has landed and — just like her controversial promo for “Elastic Heart,” which featured Ziegler and actor Shia LaBeouf and drew criticism for its provocative content — it’s a powerful and visually striking piece of film.
The difference this time around is that the 12-year-old Ziegler performs alone, straight to the camera with only her face and shoulders in view for the majority of the clip, which is filmed in front of a stark black backdrop.
At one point, the preteen dancer’s body is hoisted into the air by another pair of hands, and the video takes on a disturbing air as we watch her legs frantically struggle to break free. Thankfully, Ziegler — wearing her now-trademark skin-colored bodysuit and blond-bob wig — breaks free and falls to the ground where she resumes her distinctively animalistic and frenzied routine.
The video for “Big Girls Cry” was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill. The two also worked together on the notoriously press-shy singer’s videos for “Elastic Heart” and the Grammy-nominated “Chandelier.” You can watch the new video below.
“Big Girls Cry” is the latest single from Sia’s 2014 album, 1000 Forms of Fear. When Sia released the video for "Elastic Heart" earlier this year, the strange clip — which some found disturbing, arguing it verged on pedophilia — sent Sia's track straight to No. 2 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.