Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pretty Girl Rock

I know this is a little off topic, but this blog is about health and wellness and that includes mental health and self-confidence… So, here we go---

While listening to the radio everyday driving to and from work, certain songs strike a chord with you (all those commuters out there, you know what I’m talking about, its that song you can’t stand while at the same time, you can’t get it out of your head!) the song of late is Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson (@MissKeriBaby). At first listen, I was so irritated that this song was taking up valuable time on my drive, that I would change the station immediately. I was so shocked and saddened by the premise of the “pretty girl rock”… what about all those young women out there who are not “beautiful” in conventional ways, who are overweight, acne prone and lethargic (because they haven’t tried eating paleo yet!)? What goes through their heads every time that song comes on the radio, at sports practice, or a dance! How must they feel? How dare some R&B singer/songwriter make them feel even more undesirable!

But, after days of changing the radio station, I gave in to the exhaustion of the day and let the song play--- after listening to the words, I realized it is not about “the beautiful people”--- it’s about the beauty in every girl out there. It’s an anthem for girls to stand up and shout- I am beautiful, I am wonderful, and don’t be jealous because I am great! Hilson says she now feeds off the energy she gets off of other girls, and really cherishes her female friends. She didn’t always have it so easy, as a teenager she didn’t feel beautiful and was teased; her nickname was big bird. Keri says the song is “not meant to be a vain record. I want everybody to feel like they can do the ‘Pretty Girl Rock. It’s like the hair brush in the mirror, don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful, ’cause you are. Everybody is beautiful. I want everyone to be able to sing that record.”

So stand up with me and do the PRETTY GIRL ROCK! (and thanks for sticking with me through this dalliance.)

Get yourself together don't hate (never do it),
jealousy is the ugliest trait (don't ever do it)
I can talk about it cause I know that I'm pretty
And if you know it too then ladies sing it with me

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