Pretty Hurts Beyonce Analysis

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I decided to analyze Beyoncé Knowles’ “Pretty Hurts”. This song was released in 2013 and was part of her album “Beyoncé”. In the beginning of the song we see the pageant host ask Beyoncé, who plays a contestant, what her aspirations are. She replies with, “ to be happy”. Her response is repeated throughout different shots during the music video, which tells us she is struggling. To me, this response is a cry for help. She is instigating that she is not happy with the person she is and that she is pretending to be someone she is not just to fit into a societal standard. The lyrics even state, “Perfection is the disease of a nation”. This music video signifies the reality of life and sets the mood to the fans and viewers.
The music video begins with Beyoncé wearing a sash reading “Miss Third Ward”. This is actually a reference to her hometown of Houston. Sociologist Robert D. Bullard stated in his book, Invisible Houston, that the Third Ward is "the city's most diverse black neighborhood and a microcosm of the larger black Houston community.” (Bullard, 2000) this creates an atmosphere for the rest of the video. The pageant women are all represented in the same way. They are primping and preparing for the competition. The pressure on these women is clearly visible though their
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Some of the first lyrics in the song are “ 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.” The chorus of the song contradicts this. Beyoncé talks about how difficult it is for women in today’s society because they feel the need to be perfect in order to fit a certain standard. These lyrics suggest that people should not only focus on beauty because that is not all that matters. The beauty that matter comes from within. She says that in order to be fixed, “It’s the soul that needs the
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