If you wanna be beautiful…

So a lot of fuss has been made lately over Meghan Trainer’s “All About that Bass” song. At first that it was liberating, and then that it actually wasn’t. I never paid a whole lot of attention. For one thing, I’m not on Tumblr…1

But the song has one thing definitely going for it. It’s frickin’ catchy.

Enough that I catch myself singing parts of it over and over.

Enough that I catch my daughter singing with me.

And that’s where this post comes in.

See, I never gave the song a whole lot of thought before. It is what it is. I don’t expect every pop song to be gloriously uplifting. But now my daughter is singing it…

And the part I sing over and over?

Yeah, my mama said, “Baby, don’t worry about your size.” 2
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into, then go ahead and move along.

Not all bad. Not at all. But it’s that second line. I don’t want my daughter defining her beauty or worth on her ability to please the boys. So I’ve been stopping myself when I start singing it lately. But then, today, sitting in the car line to pick her up from school I was thinking about it again and I thought- I could do something about that line.

This is what I came up with:

Yeah, my mama said, “Baby, don’t worry about your size.
If you wanna be beautiful, do it by being kind.
And if somebody thinks you need to look like a plastic doll.
Well then, baby, ‘somebody’ can go ahead and move along.”

Perfect, no. But it works. And it’s something that I, as a mother, hope I can communicate to my daughter.

Hope you all find a way to show your true beauty today!

1And that’s a good thing. For the sake of me every getting anything done again- that’s a really good thing.

2So, after looking up the lyrics, I’ve realized I’m actually singing it wrong, the first line is supposed to be: Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size. This is just me acknowledging my wrong-ness. Oh well, I think I like my version better anyway. ;)

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