I’m gonna need someone to help me ASAP because Demi Lovato and Sam Smith’s new music video on I’m Ready outfits just ended me. After teasing the fact that they were collaboration on a new project for some time, Lovato and Smith finally dropped the new track on YouTube on Thursday evening, April 16.
Just minutes after premiering, the video for the new song, a punchy, electric pop track about being ready to be loved, racked up over 100,000 views on YouTube and counting. Just as good as the catchy track? Smith’s, Demi Lovato and the entire video cast outfits.
The “I’m Ready” video first sees Smith’s mid wrestling match, surrounded by several other wrestlers in full makeup and wearing glittering singlets.
Smith is in full makeup, too metallic eyeshadow with heavy smudged liner and lip gloss and I almost can’t breathe, because good, God, they look so goddamn fierce throwing someone to the grown in full-on metallic shadow. When viewers return to this setting later, Smith rises up wearing a black tank top, long black trousers, a gold belt, and stilettos.
The other wrestlers themselves also suddenly appear in stilettos with platforms higher than my anxiety about them breaking an ankle. The next scene presents Smith lined up on a running track alongside several drag queens, with all of them fanning extravagant, colorful, voluminous gowns, complete with hats, enormously puffy sleeves, and dramatic silhouette. Smith’s own make-up rivals that of the drag queens, each with a glitter eyeshadow that shines brighter than my future on a good day.
The group emerges from the starting line, leaving a trail of capes and glitter behind them. It’s a scene I wanted to be burned into my brain, so I never forget it. Smith and Demi Lovato did not come to play because the fierceness of the next scene brought me back to life and killed me again. Standing at the very end of a high dive board, Demi Lovato wears the outfit of my dreams: a belted black pantsuit over a sheer lace shirt with dramatic white cuffs and black leather gloves.
If I had a fireplace, I’d frame a picture of Demi Lovato in this outfit and hang it over the mantle Bible. Couple with her long slicked-down ponytail, this outfit makes Demi Lovato look like she could crush the men standing around her in red swim briefs, swim caps, corsets, and lipstick by just looking at them if she wanted to, which is exactly the kind of energy we need at a time like this.
The final scene of the video featured Demi Lovato and Smith wearing Olympic tracksuits and first place gold medals as athletes in similar white outfits flip, turn and twist around them. Demi Lovato and Smith stand together on the highest platform, though the platforms the other athletes stand in the first place because we all are winners.