Sia Explains Her Worries About Pushing Fame On Dancer Maddie Ziegler

Lawrence Kim
December 8, 2017

The author of the artist Bonnie Malkin had seen Sia along with Maddie in concert in Australia this past weekend.

Sia can hide behind her signature face-obscuring wig, but those get-ups don't shield her from criticism.

In the article Malkin argues that although Sia deliberately eschews fame because she views it as damaging, she puts a minor in the spotlight in her place.

"Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that".

Sia pointed out in her tweets that Ziegler was famous before the two began working together, but she admitted that she intensified the teen's fame and feels a sense of responsibility for that.

"I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes", Sia continued. Ziegler, of course, has starred in several of Sia's music videos over the years, including, most famously, "Chandelier".

Furler began working with Ziegler after spotting her on the United States show Dance Moms and the teenager has now appeared in six music videos, live TV performances and a global tour as what Malkin called the "the fury and the face" of Furler's music.

Sia has responded to a newspaper column questioning the ethics of her collaborations with dancer Maddie Ziegler. She went on to explain that she believes that young artists, directors, parents, and agents should have regular conversations about fame and its price on the child's life. From 2011 to 2016, Ziegler appeared in the USA reality show Dance Moms. The cover of her new Christmas album, for example, features her surrogate, Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, instead of the singer herself. Ziegler has since become the face of Sia's music and often appears as a mini-me version of the Australian singer-songwriter.

She said: 'What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me.

"Sia then ended the lengthy explanation with an emphatic declaration of Ziegler's control over her own exposure, stating that" If that changes, we stop". She concluded the article critically, writing "Furler herself might not be willing to marry fame but standing on the stage in front of us, she seemed to be officiating another marriage".

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