John Legend has premiered a stunning music video for his song ‘You & I (Nobody in the World).’ It features his wife supermodel Chrissy Teigen as well as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Laverne Cox along with many other women. It showcases and celebrates women in the most powerful sense, celebrating the diversity of their beauty in all of its forms.
‘You and I (Nobody In The World)’ is an emotionally powerful ballad from the multi-Grammy winning R&B superstar John Legend’s ‘Love in the Future’ album. It has already produced his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit single, ‘All of Me,’ another intensely beautiful ballad that’s perfect for weddings, including his own to supermodel Chrissy Teigen who was his sensuous costar in the music video.
But this time around, although the music video also features his wife, the theme and the subject matter are quite different. While we have become so accustomed to edgy music videos that push the envelop for gratuitous reasons, John Legend is drawing notice for quite the opposite reason. The edginess serves an important purpose.
The video, directed by Mishka Kornai, in a word, is empowering and moving. It might even draw out a few tears as you watch it. As women are so constantly subjected to — indeed assaulted — images of ideal beauty that are for the most part unattainable in this video, women are celebrated for exactly who and what they are.
Set to the lyrics “…You fix your make up, just so / Guess you don’t know, that your beautiful…” we see many women on screen who might have questioned their beauty. Among them, a breast cancer survivor, a woman with Down’s syndrome, and many others who somehow would not fit the society’s stringent and unjust concepts of the norm.
The other noteworthy cameo is that of transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox of ‘Orange is the New Black.’ And that’s just the beginning. No one, based on size, shape, color, state of health, age, etc. should feel left out here. This is not a video vixen kind of video. And the lyrics are, in this context, quite affirming: “…Out of all the girls / You my one and only girl. / Ain’t nobody in the world tonight…”
In just a matter of a couple of days, the video has gone viral. It is part of a charitable cause, #OPERATIONGIRL global impact initiative; more details are at www.crowdrise.com/operationgirl. It’s one of those examples of the perfect melding of artistic expression and philanthropy.
You can see John Legend’s ‘You and I (Nobody In The World)’ music video in its entirety below.