I personally have so much respect for Hayley Kiyoko and her wlw aesthetic. Okay so first of all she wrote music that is clearly about wlw. Like actually says “girls like girls” with a music video about 2 girls together…. That in itself is a pretty major step.
But yknow it’s swell to write a song like that and point the camera at someone else when it’s time for that. In a way saying “this is their story. I wrote it about them.” Cliffs Edge is where I was really impressed by her.
In the Cliffs Edge video she played the lead. The wlw character. Saying “yeah, this is who I am. You want to listen to my music? well you better accept me for who I am for that”. And the video not only had 2 girls together but also wasn’t solely focused on the fact that they were queer.
And Gravel to Tempo?? Absolutely fucking perfect. The song itself, if you listen to the lyrics, is empowering in that really touches on what it’s like to be LGBT+ and always doubting yourself while still saying “I’m me. get over it.” And once again Hayley Kiyoko has cast herself as the queer lead. She shows the struggle and how hard it can be to stand up to people who aren’t supportive. This music video is like the Best of Girls Like Girls and Cliffs Edge but better.
Basically HK is an actual goddess and I’m convinced she can do no wrong.