They say it’s easy to blend with the crowd
But it’s hard just to be who you are
If it’s harder to be who you are
Then you know I’ll be miles from the crowd
In this new video for her single ‘Daydream’, Sarsha Simone wears not one but two latex bodysuits, proving the ongoing popularity of this versatile garment, often a favourite of musicians and their stylists.
The bodysuits are by Atelier Harlem, who provided the same design as seen in Kimbra’s video from last November, and here we’re treated to two new colours:
“Daydream is about having a dream and staying true to that vision despite the doubt that is coming at you from society. I want people to feel empowered to push through the BS when they hear this song.”
We are aware, especially after Kimbra’s video, of the careful thought that often goes into the art direction and costume design of music videos. Considering the great prominence of the latex outfits in this new video by Sarsha, we conjecture that the choice of latex was given more than a cursory thought.
It’s often the case that a music video is a visual summary or representation of the themes explored in the song and lyrics, with costuming being a major part of that visual language. In lieu of official commentary from Sarsha herself regarding the choice of outfits, we delved into some interviews as well as the song lyrics to see if any of the themes resonated. Sarsha, explaining the main concept behind her EP, titled ‘Bodhi’, says:
It’s about that time in your life when you start asking questions about where you are and what you want to do. Be it love, work, your own internal feelings about yourself and to be ok with what you find. “Bodhi” actually means to accept the true nature of things or to awaken.
It’s about self-expression, self-exploration… finding your feet within who you are, what you want to say, want you want to do. Being a dreamer, and feeling it… just letting be what is.
Latex is at once a feeling of nakedness and a kind of armour. It is nakedness not just in the purely physical sensation of a ‘second skin’, perfectly moulded to ones form, but also in the sense of putting oneself out there, laying oneself bare and announcing “This is me”. But far from a position of vulnerability, there is a strength in that because it’s here that one is totally at ease with themselves and the world they want to create for themselves.