Christina Aguilera Releases A New Version Of Beautiful Music Video
Christina Aguilera releases a new version of "Beautiful"on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her sophomore album Stripped. Its goal is to raise awareness about the impact of social media on mental health.
The updated video brings the song's powerful message into the year 2022, depicting kids and teens dealing with the onslaught of negative social media messaging, body dysmorphia, plastic surgery, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Christina Aguilera announced the release to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her album "Stripped" as well as World Mental HealthDay, encouraging her fans to "take your space, log off, and put your mind, body, and soul first."
Christina Aguilera remade her iconic "Beautiful" music video 20 years after it was first released. The song's powerful video at the time featured Aguilera as well as vignettes of everyday people triumphing over difficult issues such as eating disorders, body dysmorphia, racism, and homophobia.
"In honor of Stripped's 20th anniversary and World Mental Health Day, I'm honored to share a new music video for Beautiful, which will be released on October 19th," tune out and turn in. Take your time, log out, and prioritize your mind, body, and soul."
Though not appearing in the new video, the singer expressed her thoughts on the song's impact on Twitter.
“The original ‘Beautiful’ video set out to bring awareness and a sense of compassion in the face of criticism. It still carries an important message to remember our core values outside of what’s being fed to us to find a sense of balance and accept ourselves for who we are.”- Christina Aguilera
When the original "Beautiful" video debuted in 2002, Aguilera's fans were blown away by the raw beauty of the footage combined with the song's emotional lyrics.
"You are beautiful in every way / word can't bring you down / so don't bring me down today," Aguilera sang over footage of an anorexic woman examining herself in the mirror, a same-sex couple kissing, a trans woman getting ready to go out, and young people being bullied for their appearances.
Aguilera's song and accompanying video have become anthems for those seeking compassion and reassurance since their release.
While it's natural to be afraid of being judged and rejected, Aguilera's lyrics have lifted the spirits of millions over the last two decades, making her decision to release a new music video on World Mental Health Day all the more meaningful.
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful (2022 Version)
Preteens of various genders are shown in the new video criticizing their bodies for not being stronger, thinner, or more developed. Some children stand with cosmetic-surgery scars on their faces, while otherstake selfies with thick layers of makeup on to feel accepted.
The tone shifts halfway through the video, just as Aguilera's decades-long chorus begins to play, and the kids begin physically and metaphorically tearing down the judgments imposed on them by others. The video concludes with a message printed over an image of a bleeding phone after we see the children laughing and playing.
The message is clear: thanks to social media, today's youth are under constant pressure to be perfect, happy, healthy, toned, fit, popular, and upbeat.
As the video progresses, these young people, one by one, begin to reject the messaging, smearing off the plastic surgeon's ink and tearing images of so-called perfect bodies from their walls, and believing in themselves.
Christina Aguilera releases a new version of Beautifulin honor of the 20th anniversary of Stripped and World Mental Health Day. The new video has a similar impact, with scenes showing young people and children dealing with a barrage of negative messages about their bodies and images.
Aguilera's music video depicted people obsessed with diet culture, struggling to accept their sexuality, or being outcasts. Finally, each person ends with a smile on their face as they embrace their true self.