Kehlani, an R&B star from Oakland, California, used her time in COVID-19 quarantine to teach herself iMovie — then shot and edited a racy DIY music video at home.
The video for her new single “Toxic” involves creative lighting, a lot of twerking and, um, implied self-care. “Created, directed, edited by me in my room in an hour,” she wrote on Twitter. “Thank U red wine.”
The big takeaway from Kehlani’s “quarantine style” video is do what you need to do to get through COVID-19 stay-at-home orders — like teach yourself technology. With millions of Americans told to stay home to help stop the coronavirus’s spread, loads of people are leaning on essential Mac and iOS apps to telecommute. Others, suddenly out of work due to the pandemic, are getting creative.
That’s what Kehlani did. “Out now on my youtube i was red wine drunk tonight and locked myself in my room for an hour never edited a video before s/o iMovie on the Mac,” she wrote on Instagram, where she posted a few stills from the video.
Kehlani’s DIY video for ‘Toxic’
The “Toxic” video is dimly lit, grainy, colorful and involves multiple outfit changes. It’s a bit NSFW, but what does that even mean when we’re all working from home?
According to SFGate, Kehlani’s DIY video inadvertently started a #toxicchallenge on Twitter. Fans shared “videos of themselves lip-syncing sexily to the song,” the news site wrote.