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Earworm Alert! Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”

 

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Though it’s something I’m extremely passionate about, I don’t typically write about music here on my blog.  However, as soon as  I heard this song, I felt compelled to share it.  Not only is it a catchy (retro-inspired) tune you’ll be singing all day, I think the message behind it is also very powerful: stop comparing yourself to others and love yourself the way you are.  In an interview with HuffPost Meghan stated: “It’s impossible for a girl to live up to what we see in the magazines… Everyone is born to be different, and [yet] that’s the thing that makes us all the same.”

Meghan Trainor is a 20 year old songwriter (recruited right out of high-school at age 17), who writes songs for well known singers such as Rihanna.  A song that started as a fun project was then presented to L.A. Reid, who encouraged Trainor to be the voice behind the song (something she’d always dreamed of).  Trainor stated that she wrote the song about herself, as body image is something she, like almost every girl, has struggled with.  She wanted the song to be fun, positive, and feel-good, all of which I think she has achieved perfectly.  (All biographical information courtesy of Today.com).

Video player below not working? You can also check out the video on YouTube by clicking here (4.5 million views and counting!)  Love the song like I do? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Advertising Gets Real: #AerieREAL

*All photos courtesy of www.ae.com

*All photos courtesy of http://www.ae.com

Aerie (American Eagle’s lingerie and loungewear line) recently announced that they will no longer be retouching their models in an effort to encourage women to love their bodies, no matter what size or shape.  As part of this initiative, they have also invited women to tag their “real beauty” Twitter and Instagram pictures with the hashtag “#AerieREAL” (by doing so, you also have the chance to be featured on their website).

It is so refreshing to browse the Aerie website and find real, untouched women who are happy and confident, even with what some might see as “imperfections”.  At the end of the day, almost every woman has something about their body that makes them a little insecure, and so I find Aerie’s effort to allow women to identify with their models both impressive and liberating.  I truly hope that Aerie has kick-started a phenomenon that will have more and more companies following suit.

If you’re interested in learning more about their initiative, check it out here.  What are your thoughts on Aerie’s new campaign? Let me know, below!