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See These 2 Singers Do An Amazing Cover Of Beyonce's Song About The Dangerous Standards Of Beauty

(Queen) Beyonce recently released a new album, and there was one song that got me excited: "Pretty Hurts." Similar to the classic TLC song "Unpretty", this song has struck a chord with a lot of people because it has powerful lyrics that explore the damaging ways in which we define beauty and how constantly striving for perfection is a dangerous "disease of a nation." Instead of including Beyonce's own awesome video here (y'all need to go and download her album to see that), I came across this wonderful cover by two young singers, Chloe and Halle Bailey, who are crazy talented and perfectly capture the emotion and the core of what the message of the song is all about. Now turn it up loud, and sing it with me: Preeeeeeettttttyyyyy huuuuuuurttttssssss.

If you want to read the lyrics of Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts," they're below:


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 worse
Perfection is a disease of a nation, pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever's worse
You're tryna fix something but you can't fix what you can't see
It's the soul that needs the surgery

Blonder hair, flat chest
TV says, "Bigger is better"
South Beach, sugar free
Vogue says, "Thinner is better"

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 worse
Perfection is a disease of a nation, pretty hurts, pretty hurts (pretty hurts)
Pretty hurts (pretty hurts), we shine the light on whatever's worse
You're tryna fix something but you can't fix what you can't see
It's the soul that needs the surgery

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
And you break when the paper sign leaves you in the dark
You left a shattered mirror and the shards of a beautiful girl

When you're alone all by yourself (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
And you're lying in your bed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Reflection stares right into you (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)

You stripped away the masquerade (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
The illusion has been shed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)













































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