The music video for Christina Aguilera’s song “Beautiful” from her album “Stripped” was initially released 20 years ago, and the singer revamped the music video to commemorate the occasion On Wednesday, Aguilera posted “Beautiful (2022 Version)” to YouTube. The song, which was initially published in 2002, quickly rose to fame as an anthem for self-acceptance and love.
Using examples of how females are constantly exposed to pictures of ladies with young features and luscious bodies while guys are urged to have the chiseled figure of an action hero, Aguilera continues to use the song’s message as a warning for young girls and boys about the dangers of social media’s impact on children in the 2022 version of the song.
Through the exposure of liposuction, bodybuilding, and other cosmetic operations, children are seen throughout the movie either holding up their cameras to record what they are forced to look like or having the camera aimed at themselves to demonstrate how they are accepting these ideals.
By portraying a young, heavier girl gazing into a vending machine filled with diet pills and male daydreaming about how to terminate his life in a hospital ward, how solitary these sentiments are is also revealed through the song video In the closing scene of the video, the same children are seen behaving their age by running about in the sun on a grassy field without their phones.
The film concludes by cautioning, “Since Stripped’s debut 20 years ago, social media has changed how we view our bodies and, consequently, how we view our mental health. According to research, children and teenagers who spend time on social networking sites are more likely to have eating disorders, self-harm, and body image problems. This must be altered.”
Aguilera stated that the message of “Beautiful” is one she “will always stand by” and “prioritize” to impart to her children in an Instagram post she released alongside the music video It was “harder than ever now to hear our voice amid the many others bombarding our feeds and thoughts with jumbled information,” according to her, which ultimately led to us shutting off our truth and self-worth In response to judgment, criticism, and outside viewpoints, “the original ‘Beautiful’ video set out to promote awareness and a sense of compassion,” she continued. To establish a sense of balance and accept ourselves for who we are, it is still necessary to remember our underlying beliefs in addition to what is being given to us.
The 20th-anniversary commemoration of the “Stripped” album is formally launched with the release of the new music video.