One Direction seems to be everywhere lately (I will admit in my hipster-ness I kind of wish that every twelve year old in the country wasn’t in love with them. They were mine first, dammit!) and the song that is catapulting them to fame is “What Makes You Beautiful”. If you haven’t heard the song (what rock have you been living under?!), it’s basically telling a girl that she’s beautiful because she doesn’t flaunt it (lyrics: Everyone else in the room can see it, everyone else but you. Baby you light up my world like nobody else, the way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed. When you smile at the ground it ain’t hard to tell you don’t know, you don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful.). No teen girl feels beautiful all the time, so to hear that gorgeous teen guys like 1D will love you anyway is great.
Likewise, one of my other favourite boy bands, Big Time Rush, have released their new album ‘Elevate’ this week. I don’t have my hands on the full album yet, but today everyone was tweeting about a song called ‘Cover Girl’ so I had to locate it and have a listen. In the tradition of WMYB, Cover Girl is an ode to a girl’s inner-beauty. (Some lyrics: I don’t know why you always get so insecure, I wish you could what I see when you’re looking in the mirror…..Got a heart of gold, a perfect original, wish you would stop being so hard on yourself for a while. And when I see that face, I’d try a thousand ways, I would do anything to make you smile. Cause you’re my cover, cover girl). It is the most amazing song ever, and I have had it on repeat all afternoon. It’s songs like these that make me proud to be a Disney and Boy Band fangirl. Spreading brilliant messages makes the world a better place.
One of the reasons I fell in love with The Jonas Brothers all those years ago was that they preached self-love and acceptance, and sang about more than the importance of being ‘hot’. Society has these ideals – and while they appear to be slowly changing, they are still there – that you have to be skinny, and dress a certain way, and look a certain way, or you will never be loved. Girls fill their heads with these ideals, and then it gets bad. When bands with such influence sing about a different side of things, it helps girls to begin to realise that they are able to feel beautiful and be loved even if they don’t look like the girls in magazines.
On a related note, this is why Curt Mega (“Nick”) is my favourite Warbler (read from bottom):
Inspirational dudes are awesome.
frangipani princess xoxo