The song is about loving yourself and believing that you are perfect just the way you are sans fancy hair, makeup and nail polish. In the video, Caillat along with a number of women and girls, show themselves with photoshop and makeup. As the song goes on, we see the transformation from who they look like with all the extras to what they look like naturally, and it’s a beautiful thing.
In an interview with Cosmpolitan, Caillat says that the inspiration for the song came after discussing (with the one and only Babyface) the pressure in the music industry to all look good. “We started checking off all these things that all of us girls do everyday to get ready to go out. I told him that before coming to the studio I wanted to look pretty so I had my nails done, I made sure I had the best outfit on, I had my hair and makeup artist come over and make me look all polished. And the thing is that I like myself when I’m not that way, but I feel like other people might not like me that way. And I know that most women go through that,” she said.
Caillat also told Cosmo that she’s trying to move way from enhancements, such as photoshop and excessive makeup as much as possible. “I don’t have Photoshop on my album cover. At the video shoots, I’m doing less hair and makeup. 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.”
Well, props to you Colbie!
As we said earlier Beyonce created the “Pretty Hurts” video that started a social media movement, encouraging people to share what they think is really pretty — regardless of what everyone else says. Vanessa Hudgens also went sans-photoshop for her latest Bongo campaign recently. Head over to Cosmopolitan to read more with Colbie Caillat, and be sure to watch her incredible video below.