Dance Moms’ break out star Maddie Ziegler, 12, is featured in the new issue of Teen Vogue! She poses for some photos and shares her whirlwind rise to fame with the magazine.
Maddie tells Teen Vogue about her experience walking the 2015 Grammy Awards red carpet with Sia. “I was guiding Sia down the red carpet, and the paparazzi were screaming, ‘Sia, take off your wig! Maddie, do a somersault!'” recalls Maddie. “Like, why would I ever do that?!”
Sia is the one who approached Maddie over social media. Why? Sia is a fan of Dance Moms! “In a sea of sameness, Maddie has a gift that nobody else has,” Sia explains.
“I thought it was fake at first,” Maddie admits of getting the private message from Sia. However, it was real. “Two weeks later I flew to L.A., learned the choreography in three hours, and showed Sia…. I was so nervous. Sia cried!”
And they worked together soon after on Elastic Heart. Maddie recalls of working with her music video co-star, Shia LaBeouf: “Shia is the sweetest person! He took my mom and me out to eat… Some people didn’t like the video, but they didn’t understand it.”
Maddie explains the premise of the Elastic Heart music video after its controversy: “I was a wolf and he was a human. We were living in a cage, and I’m pretty much slaying him! It was so cool because I’m the tiny one, but I’m trying to kill him.”
And she got to do some cool performances including Saturday Night Live.
“Kevin Hart was the host, and he’s, like, my height. He said, ‘Don’t tell anybody I’m this short!'” Maddie says. Adding that her next big challenge is… “Algebra! The [homeschooled] sixth-grade life is horrible!”
In other news: Maddie ALSO has a feature in Harper’s Bazaar, “24 hours with Maddie Ziegler”.