Video Review: Selena Gomez & A$AP Rocky “Good For You (Version 1)”

Birds chirp outside as Selena Gomez lies on a chipped wooden floor in a plain white t-shirt, bringing her fingers to lips, willing herself not to bite her nails.

She lies on a faded yellowed couch, wearing a pink floral robe. She rubs her bare foot along the couch. She stretches, leaning her hips forward, her legs in the same position.

She rolls over on the wooden floor.

Pulling her wet hair back, in a long t-shirt, she sits on a stool.

In the shower, she lets the water fall on her and pulls her hair back. She faces the front of the shower, covering her eyes. She pulls the left side of the hair and looks to see the camera watching her.

On her knees, she gets to the left side of the couch.

On the stool, she rolls her head back and forth and leans against the concrete wall. She pulls her long t-shirt to her crotch.

In a gold and black plaid satin slip, she looks into the camera, her image moving in and out of focus.

In the shower, she turns her head, her fingers by her lips.

On the concrete, she rolls over again, revealing her ripped jeans.

She looks into the camera, wondering if she is good enough. She leans against a clear wall, clenching her fists and then sprawls out on another 70s-era worn couch. She sits by the armrest and giggles.

On the concrete, in her white t-shirt, she giggles again, a coy smile on her face.

Rating: 4/5

With the use of dramatic irony, Selena Gomez wants to know if her boyfriend is okay with her being comfortable in her casual clothes. If she were to wear ragged sweatpants and stained t-shirt, would he be repulsed by her and believe she doesn’t care about herself?

It questions superficiality. There is an expectation women look a certain way leaving the house: fully made-up face, a dressy blouse with a pair of trendy jeans (choice of heels or boots) or a minidress. However, being seen in public wearing sweatpants or pajama bottoms raises an eyebrow of a less than hygienic lifestyle.

The shower scenes, as a result, can be viewed as her exposing her flaws and perhaps as a way to quiet her insecurities. An anxious need of approval trickles through whenever she looks into the camera, her eyes questioning and wide, wanting to hear a compliment.

The video’s internal theme relies on Gomez’s expressions to twist the lyrics into something that require further examination of the song’s title, provoking a conversation about physical appearance and stereotypes.

Director: Sophie Muller Year: 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TsVjvEkc4s

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