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Colbie Caillat sends powerful message in new music video

By: Simone Castello
Canadian Living
Culture & Entertainment

Colbie Caillat sends powerful message in new music video

By: Simone Castello
I always knew I liked Colbie Caillat, but this latest move makes me want to stand on my desk and yell, "You go, girl!" Caillat recently released a new music video for her song "Try", which highlights the hypocrisy surrounding modern era beauty standards. It features a handful of women of various ages, body shapes and ethnicities, and as the video progresses, they strip away their makeup, wigs and Photoshopped looks, trading all of that in for natural beauty. Caillat takes part in this reverse-transformation of sorts as well, by taking off her extensions, false eyelashes and wiping her face clean of makeup. (Awesome!) The famous songstress made the video because she was tired of the unrealistic expectations placed on women to look 'perfect' all the time. One line in her song asks an important question: 'When you're all alone by yourself, do you like you?' And it's something women everywhere should reflect on, especially in the age of the selfie, where vanity trumps soul and perfection is at the top of everyone's list. [HTML1] In an interview with Elle magazine, Caillat said she collaborated with Babyface to write this song. "I told him that I was getting a lot of pressure to be someone I'm not, both musically and image-wise. Although I don't want to do it, I'm just going to make these people happy,"she said. "He started laughing, and said, 'We're not going to do that.'" I admire Caillat for standing up for what she believes in, and for what's right. I love this focus on highlighting depth rather than surface. It's an important message to send to everyone, especially to younger women who might be easily influenced by what's 'cool' in mainstream media -- not what's real. Caillat isn't the first musician to take charge of her own image. Singers like P!nk and Kelly Clarkson have also stood up to music industry officials trying to brand them as unrealistic beings. In fact, since the video appeared on YouTube last week, it has been viewed over six million times. This means people are listening. And watching. I believe people are desperate for release from the vain clutches set out by mainstream pop-culture. Who defines what's perfect, anyway? The last part of the song drives the message home with these words: Take your make-up off Let your hair down Take a breath Look into the mirror, at yourself Don't you like you? Cause I like you Ladies, it's important to remember: YOU are enough. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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