“It’s the soul that needs the surgery”

Pretty Hurts: Queen B’s bold statement

Before we dive into this blog post, let’s take another listen and sing at the top of our lungs to Pretty Hurts by Beyoncé and if it’s your first time, listen to the lyrics and watch this video carefully.

Now, let’s put our hands together for this empowering ballad! This inspiring ballad gets me each time.

How many times have we heard “Beauty is pain” , “thinner is better”?

Pretty Hurt was released in 2014 and instantly became a hit worldwide. The purpose of this song was to deal with the results of meet society’s perception of beauty, as well as, the effect of this issue leading to mental health problems such as eating disorders and anxiety.

Beyonce highlighted that “The concept of this video is really a behind the scenes look into society’s take on beauty and how it doesn’t bring you happiness and it doesn’t move you forward in life.” The music video was inspired by a younger version of herself surrounded by trophies and awards which end up getting smashed and destroyed. The music video came one of the best music videos of 2014 by the Rolling Stone, along with winning multiple awards that year.

Beyoncé’s feminism, the power of ownership, body image takes on in Pretty Hurts hope to promote positive body image and to ignore the fabricated media representation of beauty. Love yourself for who you are no matter what shape or size.





McGeorge, A. (2014). Beyonce says women are under too much pressure to look unrealistically perfect. [online] mirror. Available at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/beyonce-says-women-under-much-3473084 [Accessed 10 Sep. 2016].


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