“Difference between a flower and weed is judgement” – August Alsina. Let’s put aside judgement and let’s love and be at peace with all men and women.
If “Representation Matters” was a video, you can put August Alsina next to it. It has been months since we’ve heard from August. However, he’s back with a visual from his third album, “The Product 3,” titled “Pretty.”
“Pretty” was one of my favorite songs off the album because the lyrics speak to me. It was created for women to understand that no matter what we go through or deal with, “you’re still so pretty.” Alsina’s video was a set reminder for women to know that we don’t have to change our appearance or feel pretty.
I remember waking up every day listening to this song and wanting to feel pretty. I wanted to feel confident in my own body. While social media’s power continues to push the narrative of the true meaning of what “Pretty” looks like, I probably won’t even fit in that category.
As I watched the video, I felt chills looking at these beautiful women and children who live in a society where their “Pretty” would not be accepted. The inclusiveness of us embracing our skin, embracing our single mothers and showing others that even without arms or the ability to walk, we are still just so pretty.
A beautiful video. A beautiful message. Alsina’s visual was a true masterpiece and his creative director Megan Gomez, we appreciate you as well. Let’s take a look at some of the “Pretty” women and children from the video.
“I feel pretty just being my pure imperfect self. I feel strongest by strengthening others and conquering obstacles on my way to living life on my own terms. Imperfection is a part of life – embody it but push forward.” – Diamond
“I feel pretty when I embrace my skin. It raises my confidence and allows me to inspire others. I feel strong when I dance and having the support from my family and friends. My skin is my super power!” – Jhori
“I feel pretty when I’m selflessly serving others out of humanity, love and empathy. I feel strongest when I’m giving and receiving love.” – Veronica
“I feel pretty with my prosthetic leg inspiring others to embrace their uniqueness no matter what situation they may be in. I feel strongest when I am fearless, shining and relentlessly pursuing my goals without giving up.” – Jamaiyah
Watch the full visual of “Pretty” below.