What is the Definition of Pretty? – Inspired by Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts

Mama said, “you’re a pretty girl
What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth.
What you wear is all that matters.”

Just another stage, pageant the pain away
This time I’m gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation, pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worst
We try to fix something, but you can’t fix what you can’t see
Its the soul that needs the surgery

Blonder hair, flat chest
Tv says, “bigger is better”
South beach, sugar free
Vogue says, “thinner is better.”

Ain’t got no doctor or pill that can take the pain away
The pain’s inside and nobody frees you from your body
It’s the soul, it’s the soul that needs surgery
It’s my soul that needs surgery
Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far
Then you break when the fake facade leaves you in the dark
You left with shattered mirrors and a beautiful past

When you’re alone all by yourself
And you’re lying in your bed
Reflection stares right into you
Are you happy with yourself?
You stripped away the masquerade
The illusion has been shed
Are you happy with yourself?

What is your definition of pretty? What is the world’s definition of pretty? I listened to this song and just related to it. The world has ignored things that actually are important like “what’s in your head” and has placed more importance on vanity and material things. This has changed what being pretty is all about.

Pretty in the world now hurts, because of the things you have to do to be accepted by the society. People try to change how they look, talk and feel just to fit in. Imagine the shock when my 7years old niece told me she didn’t feel pretty because she’s not skinny. She wanted me to buy her a girdle. I had to explain to her that skinny didn’t mean pretty and she is perfect just the way she is. That’s the society messing with her head already.

I just wanted to address this issue because I see a lot of young people these days that pretend to be who they are not, just because they want to feel pretty. Being pretty is from within and that’s what people forget. Like Beyonce said ” its the soul that needs surgery.”

Let’s all try to live by our own standards and ignore the world. Truth is you will never be perfect to the world, so just be yourself nobody can be you.

The Black Writer


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February 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

Reblogged this on toksdavid and commented:
Beautiful piece

February 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

beautiful write up love, just had to reblog <3

February 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm
– In reply to: toksdavid

thank you dear

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