Do YOU like YOU?
LOVE Colbie Caillat’s voice. Beautiful and warm. “Try” is her latest single released, alongside the heart-felt truth music video which captivates the true essense of what the soul needs to be enlightened on. I believe the purpose of the music video is to address the beauty standrads that women are held to; the standards are always depicted in every single life of a woman.
“This is what you want, to belong, so they like you… do you like you?” Colbie and various other women sing to the camera while gradually taking off the picture-perfect makeup applied to their faces, and shaking out their done-up hair.
“You don’t have to try so hard,” she asserts, as the skin blurring filter fades from the video, and lines on the face become visible, alongside imperfections which ARE normal.. These are never seen in music videos, purely for the flawless look.
Women of all different ages and ethnicities are involved. These beautiful women are just what we need to see, as they display their own different characteristics. In the end, they all face the camera happy with their natural beauty. Thank God!
In an interview with Elle.com:
“Before coming to the studio I wanted to look pretty, so I had my nails done, I made sure I had the best outfit on, I had my hair and makeup artist come over and make me look all polished. And the thing is that I like myself when I’m not that way, but I feel like other people might not like me that way. And I know that most women go through that.”
While she says she still loves getting “all dolled up,” Colbie stresses that trying to live up to other people’s expectations is not what beauty is about. She goes photoshop-free on the cover of her latest EP, Gypsy Heart, and will be sporting less makeup during video shoots.
I absolutely love when celebrities speak out against the pressures that they are faced with as public figures, that eventually trickle down to women everywhere. It is important to hear that the expectation of beauty influenced by media is unrealistic from the women embedded in the media themselves. It helps us bring a little reality to the craziness that is our culture.