“This new album was a rebirth for me,” the 24-year-old singer told fans of her upcoming fifth studio album, 1989. “I was listening to a lot of late ’80s pop.. so being inspired by that, I started delving into the late ’80s. It was apparently a time of limitless potential… be who you want, wear what you want, do what you want.”
The first official single to be released from the 13-track album stayed true to that concept. “Over the last few years I’ve learned a very important lesson,” Swift explained to her delighted fans. “We cannot control what people say about us but we can control how we react to it. We can let it get to us, make us bitter, even drive us insane or we can shake it off,” she said of the inspiration behind the song, which was produced by Max Martin and Shellback.
In the official music video, the seven-time Grammy winner sure does what she wants and wears what she wants. Swift twerks, she twirls, and she shakes as if she is dismissing every single critic in the world. The video also features the singer performing to her song with a variety of dance moves, including ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, and more.
Below, Us Weekly rounds up the most outrageous and outstanding looks from her latest endeavor. Also, watch the official “Shake It Off” music video above!
In the opening scene, Swift wears a ballerina outfit as she channels her best Black Swan moves. (The scene eerily has the same aesthetic as Kanye West‘s “Runaway” music video.)
In another, Swift spoofs Lady Gaga by rocking the “Just Dance” singer’s trademark blunt bob wig and an eye-catching, futuristic metallic sweatsuit.
Another part of the video features Swift in booty shorts and a Jennifer Lopez-inspired animal print hoodie. The surprising transformation even features Swift at one point climbing beneath a line of girls who are shaking their butts in cutoffs.