RuPaul, Billy Porter, and Other Celebrities Featured in Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need To Calm Down ‘ Music Video

Mom, she is a rich man. Taylor Swift premiered her colorful, LGBTQ-friendly, star-filled music video for “You Need To Calm Down.” Her fans are anything but calm. From RuPaul to Jesse Tyler Ferguson to the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye, here are a few of the stars in Taylor’s new YouTube video.

Taylor Swift’s music video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ premiered June 17, 2019

Swifties, rejoice! Taylor’s music video for “You Need To Calm Down” premiered and it’s filled with fun, color, and a few familiar faces. “You Need To Calm Down” gives a few shout-outs to the LGBTQ community. It’s only fitting that members of the community made an appearance in the video.

Fans raced to YouTube to watch their favorite pop star. Fifteen minutes before the premiere, over 15,000 viewers waited on Taylor Swift’s channel. Her album, entitled Lover, premieres August 23, 2019.

Queer Eye
Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Karamo Brown from ‘Queer Eye’

These adorable Netflix personalities first got their start on Queer Eye. Since then, Antoni Porowski opened a restaurant in New York City. Tan France premiered his book, Naturally Tan. Jonathan Van Ness made history as Essie’s first male ambassador, later coming out as nonbinary. Now, the Fab Five are having a tea party with Taylor Swift.

Host Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Ellen DeGeneres

She’s known for her talk show and her starring role in Finding Nemo, but Ellen DeGeneres was also the first actress to have her character come out on television. It was estimated by Timeline that she came out in front of nearly 42 million people. In Taylor Swift’s music video, Ellen is getting a tattoo in her trailer.

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As a drag queen, RuPaul made history by acting in popular movies, music videos, starring in his own talk show, and finally creating his reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag Race has since won multiple Emmy Awards and jumpstarted the careers of dozens of drag queens. That includes A Star Is Born actress Shangela, chart-topping country artist Trixie Mattel, and Alyssa Edwards, the star of Netflix’s original series Dancing Queen.

Billy Porter
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Billy Porter

This actor is Broadway royalty. He acted as the original Lola in Kinky Boots, the 1994 production of Grease, and most recently Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Billy Porter also stars in FX’s award-winning series, Pose.

Adam Rippon and bronze medal
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Adam Rippon

He may be the king of the ice, but in “You Need To Calm Down,” Adam Rippon is serving looks and snow cones. He competed in the 2018 winter Olympics, winning the bronze medal for figure skating. The figure skater has since collaborated with other members of the LGBTQ community, including Superfruit’s Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

A few days ago, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson was just seen singing “Shake It Off” with Taylor Swift at The Stonewall Inn in New York City. Now he’s back with the pop star, appearing in her music video with his partner, Justin Mikita. Jesse and Justin get married in this music video, causing Jesse to cry tears of joy.