Need to Know: Louisa Wendorff

It seems like celebrities are always trying their hand at something new: Actors who sing, models who act...everyone does everything. Of course, it makes us extra happy when one of those talents turns out to be dance.

Meet Taylor Swift-endorsed singer/songwriter Louisa Wendorff—you've probably seen some of her gorgeous mash-ups and original music videos on YouTube. This girl has an eye for creating something totally dreamy and it's put to good use in her latest mash-up. As she sings "Goodbye" and "Believe" by Who is Fancy and Mumford & Sons respectively, Wendorff rocks out in a warehouse. (Side-note—could fringe be a 2015 comp trend? You heard it here first.) There's a lot of hair-flipping, but we see that leg at 2:52.

Still from Goodbye//Believe, directed by Blythe Thomas

Wendorff told Teen Vogue that she's been dancing for years and was excited to show that side of herself in this music video—and we're so happy she did. Hopefully there will be many more dance-y videos to come. As her career continues to skyrocket, maybe someday Wendorff will be hiring dancers for her own tours and videos. Check it out!

 

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