Hi my readers, I want to apologize for being absent these past couple of months with my blogs. Too much was happening in my personal and professional life, that I couldn’t find the time to sit around the computer and put my thoughts together. However, I have decided that instead of making a post on every episode for the shows I choose to blog about, I’d do it either mid-season or at the end of the season. In the meantime, I will be making various posts on other things that have been on our screens and give my take on them.
Just over a month ago (December 2013) Beyoncé Knowles released the long awaited album that her fans/ stans have been waiting for. For those who don’t know, I could really have cared less whether or not she released as she isn’t one MY favourite artistes. However, I have to admit she is an amazing talent and she wins so I would support her regardless. The album was released on December 13, 2013 without any promotion, leaks nor even a single. The world went crazy from what I have seen and have read on the internet. Like most people I bought the album from iTunes and tuned in. I started watching the videos first because for some weird reason, that is how I learn the lyrics of songs.
Pretty Hurts being the very first song on the album jumped out at me in more ways than one. I have to commend Beyoncé for the video as the message was quite clear. This is not in anyway an analysis of the album, I will be focusing on what this particular song is saying and what I grasped from it. Here we see a tortured girl representing the Third Ward of Houston, Texas in a beauty pageant with hopes of winning. We see her struggles as a contestant and all that pressures that one would undergo if they choose this “pageant life”.
Beyoncé is not the thinnest of girls in the competition which already makes her stand out, and not in a good way. This is because the pageant industry has a particular mold that all girls should fit; being anything but a size 0 would make you fat. Additionally, she is representing Third Ward, which according to history, isn’t known for being like Beverly Hills. I’m sure you see that Beyoncé is screwed. No way is she winning.
She shows us that even if the girl like her is in the finals, with “blonder hair, flat chest” and the concept that “thinner is better” the results were as follows. Ms. Third Ward would still be second best.
So, what really am I trying to say? This is where most people will probably say I’m hating on Beyoncé. I don’t really care but here we go. Beyoncé is rumored to have surgeries (not saying this is true and screw you if you think I should check my sources) to look the way she looks. She also said, in one of her videos explaining the album, that she lost 65 pounds after “having” her baby (also questionable to the world. See link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzfYqvZDVMY) to get back in shape. Now you tell me, did Beyoncé even need to lose any kind of weight? And if she needed to, why so much? If we look at the video we would see a very small waist and a very “perfect” figure. Something that most girls dream of having. How then can you be singing a song which speaks about what women go through to look beautiful when, as one of the most photographed celebrities in the world, Beyoncé is ever on point? Is she now rethinking her image and what she has projected into the world? Does she now realize that she has contributed to the stereotype of what beauty is?
“Perfection is a disease of the nation” proclaims Beyoncé. But is this really true? There are so many women in this world that have been victims of what people like Beyoncé represents. Now I can’t totally blame her for this as the media has a lot to do how these celebrities are viewed. Playing into our subconscious, telling us what we all should aspire to be. Beyoncé made an excellent point in the video when she was asked what her aspiration in life is. I was waiting on the response because I couldn’t begin to imagine what she would say. Surprisingly (well at least to me), she said she aspires to be happy. While happiness for one person isn’t happiness for another, I would want to think for her, just knowing that she has a beautiful family and is so greatly blessed, is enough to be thankful for even if she were to go broke tomorrow. Is this the same Beyoncé that for all these years has been seen as a narcissistic self serving human? Has she now, after doing loads of soul searching, found greater meaning to life?
Even if she may not be at fault, totally, she has to take some of the blame for her image and how she’s viewed publicly. She is after all a public figure. What I am trying to get at is that being pretty doesn’t have to hurt. I mean, why should it? Which is why I have slight problem with the song although it has a good message. Being pretty shouldn’t be defined by anyone but YOU, so why should pretty hurt if you aren’t making changes to your body to meet society’s demands?
So when Beyoncé says pretty hurts, for who is she referring?