Free of any make up, Alessia Cara, in a casual t-shirt and jeans, stands in an empty apartment. Seventeen people introduce themselves. Jess, Carmel, Francesca, Miles, Myrian, Marnie, Florence, Siobhan, Joanna ,Marcy, Josh, Kylie,, Miranda, Joad, Grace, James, and Ashley.
While sitting in the chair, Carmel slowly unfolds the wrap around her head.
Siobhan sits on her stool, her long legs apart. Grace smiles. Someone shows the roll on their stomach. Myrian, who is a blonde girl, wearing glasses, says “there were my peers and then there was me.” Joanna says people will say whatever insult they want. Kylie, a little girl who is a cancer patient, says people “laugh and stare.” The overweight woman says she had people watch her while she eats. Francesca says she felt like she had look a “certain way.” Marcy says she compared herself to other girls. Miles says people shouldn’t feel like they have to hide.
Miranda, smiles, shows off the pale pink scars on her chest. Sitting cross-legged on the couch, she says she likes it when people are themselves and confident. Francesca lifts weights and then lets them drop onto the floor. Florence flips her long, black hair. Marnie says people always want what they don’t have. The overweight woman explains it’s been a struggle and she never felt like she fit in anywhere. Kylie laughs while she plays. Marnie looks into the camera, her face lacking any make up.
Myrian assures other teenagers it will get better once they leave high school. None of that superficial stuff matters after graduation. She says that “all your weaknesses become your greatest strength.” Josh smiles. Carmel reveals her bald head and beams. It made Josh feel better once he realized everyone is different. Marcy believes that it’s her own opinion of herself that matters. Joad clasps his hands together, showing off his hairy arms.
At the end, the message reads “often times the world both directly and indirectly tells us we shouldn’t be happy with ourselves…Scars to your beautiful is a reminder that beauty isn’t only one look…it comes in an endless amount of forms and we need to recognize that.”
Hearing people talk about their insecurities and how they deal with them is really powerful. It’s heartbreaking to hear Kylie say that people laughed at her, knowing her illness. It’s outright cruel and sickening. When Joanna says that people say whatever they want, as she talking it’s as though the insults have stayed with her. Myrian has gotten past the stereotypes in high school and wants other people to have hope.
It’s a message that needs to be said over and over. People need to be reminded that they are not whatever people define them to be. They are themselves. Cara makes it as personal as possible to get the point across.
Director: Aaron A Year: 2016