Twenty-year-old Alessia Cara is known for her incredible ability to put her own spin on pop songs. Her popularity grew even further after her debut single "Here" made it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart and onto some of our favorite pop radio stations. Now, her latest single "Scars to Your Beautiful" hopes to reach the fan base she's established and send them one simple message: You should feel beautiful the way you are.
"We all look at ourselves in the mirror and think, I hate this, I wish that were different — from something minor like, 'I have a pimple today,' to something major like, 'I don't want to live anymore because I don't think I'm good enough,' " Cara told Glamour. "In 'Scars,' I wanted to tell people, 'There isn't one way to look beautiful — you are beautiful, and it's the world that needs to change.' "
Cara's video for "Scars to Your Beautiful" features cameos from people who describe the struggles they've faced dealing with ridicule from others and how they learned to accept themselves.
Cara also opened up to Glamour about her personal self-acceptance struggles that helped to inspire the song. "In late elementary school, early high school, I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower. It was one of the scariest things," she said. "It got to the point where it was visibly gone. I struggled with that a lot, especially going into high school. You have so many pressures — what people are going to think of you — and I was going into it losing all my hair. I had, like, nothing left. It was patches of missing hair that people would point out, because people are mean in high school."
She speculates that straightening her hair often may have caused the hair loss. Whatever the reason may be, she felt frustrated that she had to deal with this issue at such a young age and did everything she could to try to cover up the bald patches.
Now, she's learned to accept herself — and her hair — for who she is. She has pledged to go makeup-free for every performance and interview she does about her new song "Scars" and hope that people will be inspired by her comfort in being exactly as she is in the public eye.
At the end of her video for "Scars," Cara leaves the viewer with this message: "Often times, the world both directly and indirectly tells us that we shouldn't be happy with ourselves if we don't fit certain beauty standards. Scars to your beautiful is a reminder that beauty isn't only one look, shape, size, or color. It isn't even always tangible. It comes in an endless amount of forms and we need to recognize that."
We hope more people will start to recognize that, too.