Watch Sia's 'Big Girls Cry' Video Starring Maddie Ziegler

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Sia performs on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 17, 2015.

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 also featured 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 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler performs alone, straight to 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 pre-teen 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 body suit and blonde 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, who also worked together on the notoriously press-shy singer’s videos for “Elastic Heart” and the Grammy-nominated “Chandelier.” You can watch it here. 


“Big Girls Cry” is the latest single to be taken 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.