Murrysville native Maddie Ziegler of 'Dance Moms' fame debuts new clothing line
At just 14, Murrysville native Maddie Ziegler wears a lot of hats: dancer, reality TV star, budding actress and muse to Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sia, to name a few. This fall, she added “fashion designer” to that list with the launch of Maddie, her new clothing line for teen and tween girls.

Sia - The Greatest

“Famously hairy pop star Sia has released a stunning new single which pays tribute to the victims of June’s tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The 40-year-old Australian singer, who was previously filmed breaking down on stage as she dedicated her hit ‘Titanium’ to the 49 LGBT people and allies who lost their lives in the massacre, unveiled new single ‘The Greatest’ today (September 6), along with a stunning video which once again stars 13-year-old dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler.

Ziegler, who previously appeared in Sia’s videos for ‘Chandelier’, ‘Elastic Heart’, ‘Big Girls Cry’ and ‘Cheap Thrills’, sports rainbows on her face as she delivers her most emotional performance yet in the visual, which features 49 young dancers who end their routine with the haunting image of a sea of bodies on the floor, along with the message ‘#WeAreYourChildren’.” (source)

I resent the idea that Sia is somehow obligated to give everyone their ‘big break’. Like she has said in interviews that she has anxiety and she produces better art when she’s within a team she’s comfortable with. It’s not fair for people to demand these things from her. What you guys call Pigeon holing herself is her finding a way to continue her career while coping with mental illness. She employed a diverse cast of 49 little dancers. Maddie herself wasn’t playing a victim she represents Sia. We’ve known for ages that Maddie is Sia’s muse so I don’t see what’s wrong with Sia putting herself in the middle of her work so she can provide a hopeful message. Furthermore I like that she’s using children. That’s the message she’s trying out across so it works very well to use children in it. If focuses more on the value of life and youth. This is not to say that you can’t dislike the video. I just think that a lot of people throwing criticism at Sia don’t really understand her , her struggle and why she chooses to do what she does. She addressed all these issues in interviews.