Beyoncé is on fire! Last Friday she dropped an album without any notice, and it came with 17 brand new videos, including “Pretty Hurts,” a scathing indictment about society’s obsession with the “perfect” body.
Beyoncé is one powerful voice in the entertainment field, and I’m talking both her singing and her outreach. She also seems eternally unflappable and like someone who’s effortlessly stayed in the “perfect” shape. But it turns out Beyoncé totally understands that there is a lot of pain that comes with trying to be perfect. Check out this preview of the vid:
Millions of people have already checked out the preview, 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.
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