Are you ready for ALL the feels? Just press play:
John Legend’s new music video for “You & I (Nobody in the World) is exactly the message that needs to infiltrate pop culture: that women of all shapes, sizes, and colors are beautiful. The video is exquisite in it’s stylistic simplicity, yet packs one helluva wallop upon viewing. It’s as thought-provoking as it is heart(warming/breaking). Most of the women featured in the video don’t meet the expectations of the “female ideal of beauty” that society (and the media) has placed so much emphasis on, but there is no denying that each and every woman (and young woman) in this video is breathtakingly beautiful.
Some may some that a man singing about how beautiful a woman is doesn’t pack the same amount of power as empowerment anthems by women about women (Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” or “***Flawless,” TLC’s “Unpretty,” P!nk’s “F**kin’ Perfect,” Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” No Doubt’s “Just a Girl,” etc). But maybe if men start praising “unconventional” beauty, the women who feel the need to prescribe to the impossible standards set forth by a male-dominated society will take what John Legend — and the other musicians mentioned above — did and go even further. In an age of viral media whose effects are just as temporary as the common cold, the best we can hope for is a continuation of videos and messages like these. Maybe then we can start to see a real change.
Bravo, John Legend, for this video; it may just be the most important music video released in recent years.