If you haven’t seen Colbie Caillat’s music video for her song “Try” off her new EP Gypsy Heart, you’re seriously missing out! The feminist song and the video that perfectly exemplifies what all women go through on a daily basis to try and fit in are a powerful statement on society’s ludicrous expectations of women.
The music video starts with a number of women, including Caillat, looking gorgeous – with full makeup on and flawless hair. As the video progresses and Caillat sings the words “you don’t have to try” repeatedly, each of the women starts to remove her makeup, loosens up her hair, and Caillat even removes her extensions. By the end of the video, the women are baring it all and they still look radiant.
During an interview with Elle magazine, Caillat explained that while recording with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, she complained about the pressure from everyone around her “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,” said Callait. When Edmonds inspired her to tackle that pressure to look perfect in her next song, Caillat wanted to let everyone, especially women, know that we all go through this “and everyone is trying to hide their faults from each other when we all have it.”
Not only is Caillat against the idea of having to get all dolled up to be accepted by society, she is also against the idea of having to Photoshop your faults. “I don’t have Photoshop on my album cover,” said Caillat, “For the ‘Try’ video I didn’t prep or starve myself and over-exercise. And then I didn’t get my nails done, I didn’t get my hair done. I didn’t get a facial. I didn’t have a stylist.”
This doesn’t mean that Caillat is completely boycotting makeup and hair extensions as she explains, “I still love getting all dolled up.” But sometimes, like most women, she doesn’t feel like it.
Aren’t you tired of your mom always asking you why you don’t have lipstick on or asking you to put some blush on your pale cheeks before you go out? It’s even more annoying than the typical “why are you not married yet?” interrogation. What Caillat is tackling in her music video is what women of all ages and races go through. This fake image of what women should look like is fueled by models and their magazine covers when in reality those models don’t even look like their magazine covers. “They’re used to seeing people on the album cover completely Photoshopped,” says Caillat. “On one of my album covers, my arm was shaved down and it made me look very skinny. I think that gives a false reality.
Caillat also mentioned how unwilling her fellow celebrity friends were to send her images of themselves without makeup on for the “Try” lyric video. “Some of them said no, some of them said they’ll send me a picture in a couple of days because they have a pimple on their chin, and they didn’t want it showing in the picture,” said Caillat.
Despite that reluctance, many celebrities did participate. Also, other celebrities have posted “no-makeup” selfies on their respected social networks such as Lorde and Demi Lovato (displayed below).
The pressure is still real, but when celebrities like Colbie Caillat try to remind women of how beautiful they are without trying so hard, it does make a difference. Would you go to your next 3ezouma or night out with friends completely undone? Maybe we should start making a statement here in Egypt, that we are beautiful no matter what. We really are.