We often hear about the scrutiny women face– as athletes, as corporate executives, as leaders, as change makers. The gender wage gap proves lack of parity in compensation, and Title IX continues to fight for equal opportunities in sport.
Off the playing field, there’s still more to contend with. Cultural standards of beauty seem to change with the wind, demanding more from women in order to keep up with trends and look the way they “should.” Be healthy? Absolutely. Be trendy? Sure, why not? But be you.
Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat made headlines and a powerful statement with her recently-released a song ‘Try’. Empowered by producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, she counters current beauty ideals with poignant lyrics proclaiming a message of self-love and self-confidence. She took it a step further by skipping the hair and makeup for the video, too.
When asked if she felt responsible as an artist for the messages the music videos, album covers, and magazine spreads send to fans, Colbie told Elle:
“There’s major responsibility. When I see gorgeous models and singers and they look perfect on their album covers, it makes me want to look like that, too, and it makes me feel like if I don’t Photoshop my skin on my album cover, I’m the one who’s going to look a little off and everyone else is going to look perfect. And that’s what everyone is used to seeing. They’re used to seeing people on the album covers completely Photoshopped. On one of my album covers, my arm was shaved down and it made me look very skinny. I think that gives a false reality.”
We talk about the power of sport, but really, the same exists in music, in art… the common denominator is people. People genuinely willing to inspire, motivate, encourage, uplift and empower one another. We all have that power. Choose to use yours. Check out the video and be inspired. Then share it with another young woman you know. #PayItForward