Out of the glitzy glamour of Hollywood’s Photoshopped images comes a refreshing perspective from Grammy-award winning Colbie Caillat. “You don’t have to try so hard,” she says. It’s not about the makeup and the nails and the clothes – “When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?” Her message is taking the internet by storm.
It’s difficult to scroll through Facebook posts without seeing at least one person who has reposted Colbie Caillat’s video to her new song Try, from her new project Gypsy Heart Side A. The Inquisitr wrote recently about Colbie’s “powerful positive message.”
There have already been over 14 million views of Colbie Caillat’s Try on YouTube. The video has only been up since July 8.
Clearly, in a world where we are told how we need to look in order to be accepted, the message that Colbie Caillat portrays is resonating with people from all walks of life. It’s not just about taking off the makeup. It’s about being comfortable being who you are in your own skin. Too many people aren’t in this era of unrealistic expectations of beauty.
Fellow singer Carlos Whittaker is a dad with two tween daughters who applauds Colbie Caillat. He has written a letter in his blog to thank Caillat for the beautiful message of the song:
“[W]e pray someone they look up to will let them know that their life is worth more than their boobs and image.
So when you released your single “TRY”, I literally teared up.
They have so much pressure to fit in.
Yes, their Jesus loving Christian music influences say this stuff all the time.
But my kids don’t listen to a lot of Christian music.
Whittaker thanks Colbie Caillat for being “an artist they both admire to bring this message to the masses.” It is a message he tries to communicate to his daughters as their dad and as a Christian artist. It is a great help to have a popular mainstream artist like Colby Caillat reinforce these values.
The Twittersphere is buzzing with high praise for Colbie Caillat’s message:
— Madi Sharma (@MadiSharma1) July 15, 2014
— Mikey (@mike_n_ike91) July 15, 2014
Even as lovely as Colby Caillat is, she found herself frustrated with “getting a lot of pressure to be someone I’m not, both musically and image-wise.” She told Elle that R & B singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds encouraged her to put that into her music: “Let’s write about exactly what they’re asking you to do—to change yourself.” That is how the concept for Try began. Colby is pushing back against the reality that everybody “is trying to hide their faults from each other when we all have it.”
When Colbie pitched the idea to some of her celebrity friends, she found that not everyone was thrilled at the idea of being quite so real. She asked some of them to send pictures of themselves without makeup. Some declined, while others asked her to wait a few days because they had a zit or other issue that they didn’t want to show, even though that was sort of the whole point. “It was so hard for them to show any degree of realness,” says Caillat.
The video features a diverse group of women who were willing to be transparent and honest for the video, which shows them all fixed up, before taking their hair down and makeup off to reveal the true beauty of women who are comfortable being themselves. Colbie Caillat took it a step further, taking off her own makeup and hair-extensions and removing the Photoshop. By the end of the video, it is Colbie in her natural, un-touched up beauty singing about accepting yourself for the person you see in the mirror.
The true beauty of a person comes from within. It isn’t about the outward facade or the makeup and the clothes. Colbie Caillat reaffirms that true beauty is about who you are inside. “You don’t have to try so hard” to be accepted or to be liked. Be yourself.