By Danica Davidson and Caitlin Abber
Beyoncé was the star of this year’s VMAs, and with good reason. She closed the show with a ***Flawless medley of songs from her most recent album, and then Jay Z and Blue Ivy presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. And while she is one powerful voice in the entertainment field, it turns out Beyoncé totally understands that there is a lot of pain that comes with trying to be perfect, as shown in her hauntingly powerful video for “Pretty Hurts,” which took home the Moonman for Best Video With a Social Message tonight.
+ Watch Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts.”
Millions of people have already checked out the video, which shows Queen Bey taking part in a beauty pageant. But she’s no queen here — her body is being jerked around by another person as if it doesn’t even belong to her, and she’s popping pills to try to keep her weight down. You don’t see her eating well and drinking water in order to be, you know, healthy. You see her torturing herself to be what society tells her she’s supposed to be.
Think this is all fiction? Not so much. Last summer Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child talked about body struggles the band members went through during their Destiny’s Child heyday. “On the outside, we were poised and smiling,” she said. “But behind the scenes we had issues. I was trying to gain weight, and meanwhile Beyoncé would say, ‘I think my thighs are too big.’”
Bey herself said about body image, “The best thing I can say to young ladies is accept the body you’re in. If you have curves, love your curves. The thing to strive for is to have the best healthy body you can have. It’s really not about being skinny or being curvy. What matters is that you love yourself and you are taking care of your health.” With a voice like Beyoncé’s, hopefully we can all start changing less, and loving more. And in the meantime, congrats to Queen Bey, who has A LOT to celebrate tonight.
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