Olivia Rodrigo hit the big time earlier this year, when in January her debut single 'Driver's License' pulled forcibly on the heart strings of teenage girls, millennial women, millennial men, and, well, actually everyone. In the video, the 19-year-old played a heartbroken girl next door type - a million miles away from the endless stream of YK2 characters she assumes (and pulls off with anime-style aplomb) in her new video, 'Brutal'.
In a matter of minutes, Rodrigo flits from a power-dressing news anchor - complete with fake smile - to a broken ballerina and Britney-inspired pop star. A homage to the standout beauty trends of the noughties, we cannot get enough.
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The first guise we see Olivia assume sports a micro fringe, a mint shade of hair and Paris Hilton levels of gloss. Forget what the practicalities of daily face mask wearing dictate, OTT gloss is back in business. Scroll on to shop the trend.
Anyone else remember Channel 5's teen sci-fi drama The Tribe? It proved an easy fix if T4 wasn't offering up adequate entertainment on a Saturday morning back in the early 2000s. The hair looks in that show had a vibe that was all their own - all spiky updos and multi-coloured clip-in hair extensions. She might be portraying a broken ballerina in this scene but Olivia Rodrigo's spiky bun is all noughties teenage angst.
Former Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo has had immense success with her transition from acting to singing. Her debut song ‘Driver’s License‘ catapulted her to mainstream fame, and she has been unstoppable ever since. The singer recently released a music video for ‘Brutal’, the first song on her debut album.
The song provides a depiction of teenage anger and female rage at being told what to do. It contains several Easter Eggs from nods to her inspiration Taylor Swift to lyrics from her other songs. Here is every Easter Egg contained in Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’ music video.
The ‘Brutal’ music video opens with the singer standing against an animated cityscape backdrop surrounded by ballerinas. When the music starts, Rodrigo’s ankle snaps, and she drops to the ground looking up at the other ballerinas uncomfortably.
The opening sequence looks familiarly similar to Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ video from her 1989 album. In the video, Swift tries to fit in with several dance groups, including ballerinas. In one scene, she is seen seated on the floor while the other women carry on with their movements.
In one scene, Rodrigo wears an orange bob wig in a silver two-piece outfit holding a blue beverage while looking miserable. The scene portrays the capitalist sentiment she sings in the song, saying she feels exploited. The filter on the singer’s face also resembles fresh cuts or cracks.
The scene seemingly looks like one from Rina Sawayama’s ‘XS’ video, where her character sells an orange drink. In the end, Sawayama’s character is revealed to be a robot advertising a drink taken from the neck of a creature in chains.