Larsen Thompson could also be an internationally acknowledged dancer, mannequin, and actress, however that doesn’t imply she’s with out her personal insecurities. Rising up, the 22-year-old was bullied for her freckles and crimson hair — each simple belongings for her now — and now, she’s opening up about that have on her first-ever music launch, “Roots,” premiering completely on NYLON beneath.
The bouncy and shiny pop tune is all about embracing your imperfections and the traits that make you distinctive, as Thompson particularly references her wishes to bleach her personal hair on the observe. “Had my abdomen in knots, yeah/ I attempted to bleach my hair to appear like you/ Now I’m again all the way down to my roots,” she sings on the refrain. Co-written by Thompson, Eden xo, and Tony Rodini, the tune touches on Hollywood’s love of botox, and even displays on her now turning into a subject of gossip in her dwelling city (which she promptly dismisses).
“Roots” marks Thompson’s music debut, although she’s been within the business for some time now. She bought her begin as a background dancer for artists the like of Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, and extra, however most will know her from her huge break in 2016 when a video of her dancing to Beyoncé’s “Run The World” went viral on-line. She’s since appeared prominently in music movies for Sia, Katy Perry, Børns as a distinguished dancer on the rise, and extra lately entered the performing world enjoying the titular character Pearl within the 2020 drama. Thompson additionally had a recurring function within the 2022 Netflix horror collection, The Midnight Membership, and can star within the upcoming movie Horrorscope alongside Olwen Fouéré, Jacob Batalon, Alana Boden, and others.
“It’s at all times enjoyable to dress up for a photoshoot or tackle a personality as an actor, however on the finish of the day there’s nothing higher than feeling snug in your personal pores and skin,” Thompson tells NYLON of “Roots” in a press release. “‘Roots’ is a message about embracing our particular person uniqueness. Typically we let our insecurities drive our choices or setbacks in life, and it’s time we get grounded in who we’re and see our imperfections as our perfection.”
Hear “Roots” beneath.