By Sebastian Ellenton — October 20, 2022
It is the 20th anniversary of singer Christina Aguilera sophomore album “Stripped”.
To celebrate such a milestone, the Grammy Awards winner has released a new music video for her 2002 hit single “Beautiful”. The visual arrived on Wednesday, October 19, and delivers several powerful messages about body positivity.
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Aguilera isn’t featured in the music video. Majority of the video portrays kids and teenagers who struggle with body acceptance and mental health issues stemming from the pressure of social media. The visual concludes with a note that read, “In the last 20 years, since ‘Stripped’ was first released, social media has transformed our relationship with our bodies and, in turn, our mental health.”
“Research suggests that time spent on social networking sites is associated with body image issues, self-harm, and disordered eating in children and teens,” it added. “This needs to change.”
“I am beautiful, no matter what they say/ Words can’t bring me down/ I am beautiful in every single way/ Yes, words can’t bring me down,” the chorus reads. “Oh no, so don’t you bring me down today.”
The singer initially posted a short clip of the music video on her Instagram page. In the caption she wrote, “We are Beautiful, no matter what they say. A message I will always stand by and a message I prioritize to instill in my own children through every chapter of their lives!
“Today, it’s harder than ever to hear our own voice amongst so many others infiltrating our feeds and minds with mixed messaging… ultimately leading us to tune-out our own truth and self worth,” the “Can’t Hold Us Down” singer continued.
“The original ‘Beautiful’ video set out to bring awareness and a sense of compassion in the face of judgment, criticism, and outside opinions,” she further explained. “It still carries an important message to remember our core values outside of what’s being fed to us…to find a sense of balance and accepting ourselves for who we are.”
Watch the full video below:
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