The struggle to love oneself is one that many of us know all too well, especially in a world that constantly tells us that beauty and perfection must fit into a certain mold. Singer Alessia Cara shines a light on that constant battle with her latest single, “Scars to Your Beautiful.”
In the poignant video, a seemingly bare-faced Cara sings about the importance of accepting and loving yourself as you are. “You don’t have to change a thing / The world can change its heart,” she sings earnestly into the camera. What really drives home the message are the personal stories shared throughout the video. Interviews of people of every shape, size, color and sexual orientation are woven together as a testament to the power of self-acceptance. Singer JoJo, who shares the same management team with Cara, discusses her own personal experience saying, “A lot of people aren’t afraid to give their opinions, whether they’re hurtful or not.”
What makes this clip so affirming is seeing other people open up about their own processes and battles, proving that we all encounter the same struggles at times. It’s a powerful statement to be made by this young talent who came up with the video’s concept and also just celebrated her 20th birthday. “I wanted all kinds of people — young, old, whatever their situation, whether it’s visible scars, non-visible scars — just a bunch of different women, and there are some men in there as well because it can reach out to guys too,” she told Cosmopolitan.com, where she premiered the video.
At a time the world keeps reminding us its ugliness, hearing a message like the one Cara puts forth in this song is very necessary. Tune into to Late Night with Seth Meyers to hear her perform the single on July 19th. In the meantime, check out this video and see if it doesn’t leave you feeling inspired.