Beauty, Lookbook

Top 5 music videos that will make you feel beautiful inside and out

You see the girl in the mirror? That's you! Embrace yourself!

Let me just get this out of the way: this is not a mixtape. You can check out some great mixtapes The Tempest has to offer right here.

These are just a few of my favorite songs that give me a pick me up as far as feeling and being beautiful goes. I hope you can appreciate these songs in a similar way that I do – especially if you’re going through a rough time in regards to dealing with body image. Just remember: you are not alone. You are beautiful.

If you’re having a hard time loving yourself for the fabulousness that you are, hopefully these songs and their videos can help! You may notice some of the familiar lyrics described if you heard these songs before.

1. “Video” by India Arie

“And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me. My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see.”

Regardless of whether you shave your legs, prefer business or casual, or any other beauty preferences in between, remember to love yourself unconditionally. Because you, my dear, are a queen. India Arie is always a go-to as far as beauty positivity goes. Have you not heard “I Am Not My Hair,” or “Private Party”? She is the for how in depth she goes about dismantling the beauty standards in our society in her music.

2. “I Feel Pretty” from the Musical West Side Story

“See that pretty girl in that mirror there? Who could that attractive girl be? Such a pretty face, such a pretty dress, such a pretty smile, such a pretty me!”

Putting the musical’s history of white washing Puerto Rican characters to the side and the fact that this song is sung because of her excitement over a boy she just met, this song is truly a lot of fun. Especially if you’re putting on your makeup or getting dressed in the morning. It encourages you to feel so pretty that you believe all the Miss Americas have nothing on you – in fact, it makes you feel that all the Miss Americas should actually honor you. You see the girl in the mirror? That’s you! Embrace yourself!

3. “Secrets” by Mary Lambert

“I love my butt, and won’t shut up, and I never really grew up.”

Regardless of the struggles you may be facing or the internal strife you may be experiencing, it is a radical act to love yourself despite all of that. Love yourself in the clothes you wear, the skin you’re in, and so much more, because people are lying when they tell you that you are not enough and you are not beautiful. And, hey, some may even use your struggles against you, but I don’t think you should care about what they think of you. Change the narrative on how you think of you.

4. “Flawless” by Beyoncé

“Say I look so good tonight. God damn, God damn, God damn!”

I’m honestly not a big fan of the first minute of the song, but if it empowers you, who am I to take that away from you? Also, the rest of the song is just catchy as hell when it comes to helping you to be strong in yourself. Definitely play this song when you’re about to go out into town with some of your friends, because Chimamanda Adichie is even encouraging your femininity. This song is especially the true hype song when you’re doing the type of going out that includes new clothes and Instagram posts captioned with #SLAY. You know what kind of night I’m talking about.

5. “i” by Kendrick Lamar

“Everybody lack confidence. Everybody lack confidence. How many times our potential was anonymous? How many times the city making me promises? So I promise this: and I love myself.”

This song doesn’t touch a lot on physical appearance, but it is truly remarkable in helping one feel beautiful. It’s just a reminder that the best way to help you feel better is to love yourself, because one day, there will be sunshine – even if it’s just for a little while before another storm hits. Take it one day at a time, you will get there. It may be scary to get out of bed, knowing that others will look at you and judge you, but it is totally worth it. I PROMISE you, it’s worth it.

  • Maya Williams

    Maya Williams has her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Bachelor’s in English from East Carolina University. She also has her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Applied Arts and Social justice from the University of New England. She has published articles and poems on sites such as The Tempest, INTER, Black Girl Nerds, Multiracial Media, GlitterMOB, and Soft Cartel. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and performing spoken word poetry, facilitating writing workshops for youth, and watching movies/musicals.