A lot has changed in the world in the last 20 years, but Christina Aguilera still think you’re beautiful no matter what social media tells us sometimes.
The singer has now released an updated version of her Beautiful music video that specifically targets the messages often delivered through social media that negatively affect our body image and mental health.
The singer released the clip on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of her 2002 album stripped as well as World Mental Health Day on October 19, where she encourages her followers to “take up space, log out, put your mind, body and soul first.”
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“The original Beautiful video intended to bring awareness and a sense of compassion in the face of criticism,” she wrote of the new video.
“It still carries an important message to remember our core values beyond what is fed to us…to find a sense of balance and accept ourselves for who we are.”
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Indeed, the new video has an equally powerful effect, with scenes showing young people and children struggling with an onslaught of negative messages about their bodies and images.
In a disturbing scene, young girls are shown with raised faces as if preparing for cosmetic surgery, ultimately choosing to wipe the blemishes away and play outside.
The video ends with a focused message: “Over the past 20 years, since stripped first released, social media has transformed our relationship with our bodies and, in turn, our mental health.
“Research suggests that time spent on social networking sites is associated with body image problems, self-harm and disordered eating in children and teens. This needs to change.”
A link is then provided to Aguilera’s website, which contains a list of mental health resources.
If you or someone you know needs immediate support, please contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or at lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
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