An Empowerment Revolution

Alessia Cara is one of the most raw and genuine performers of today’s music industry. One of the qualities that makes her stand out among other musicians is the message which drives her music. Alessia Cara empowers others by teaching them through her music that individuality is beautiful and by challenging societal views of others.

Music is a huge part of popular culture because the musical industry reaches everyone in one way or another. People do not simply listen to music because they want a decent beat to dance to; people truly hear what these singers are saying and try to grasp the meaning behind lyrics and music videos.

‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ is a brilliant masterpiece aimed to make people realize that they are beautiful and do not need to change in order to be beautiful. Intertwined along with the empowering lyrics that encourage women to embrace their flaws, there is a subtle reminder to society that many women have self-esteem issues because of the way society has conditioned them.

“Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
’Cause cover girls don’t cry after their face is made”
(Read more: Alessia Cara — Scars To Your Beautiful Lyrics | MetroLyrics)

The media teaches women in our society, from a very young age, that there is a very specific mold which is considered ‘beautiful.’ This is the tall, thin, model with fair complexion and perfect hair. In recent years, those boundaries have been blurred and people like Alessia Cara are diligently pushing to help others see the beauty in everyone. They are simultaneously forcing society to rethink the way in which they have controlled body image in the past. As this revolution takes places, we see that magazine models are no longer all the same shape, size, color, ethnicity, or gender.

Alessia Cara subtly challenges society again inScars To Your Beautiful’ when she says, 
“But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful.”

‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ is empowering to anyone who feels that they do not fit the perfect “cookie cutter” mold which society has created. The simplicity of both the video and the song lyrics makes the song very relatable. In the video, we see quick interviews of normal people talking about why they have not felt beautiful in the past. Many of these issues come back to body image and limitations placed by society. By the end of the video, the interviewees admit that their differences and unique characteristics are what make them who they are.

Through songs like ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’, we are learning to challenge ideas that society has implanted in our minds as truths. Music is more powerful than it may seem and, along with Alessia Cara, many musicians have taken on the role of revolutionaries by using their music to empower their audience.