Colbie Caillat’s music video for ‘Try’ sends a powerful message of self-acceptance, as the singer and numerous women face the camera as they remove their makeup and reveal their natural beauty.
The song ‘Try’ is from Colbie Caillat’s new album, ‘Gypsy Heart Side A.’ The touching ballad was produced by Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. It is a song which speak directly to women and affirms their right to be just as they are.
The empowering lyrics serve as the perfect framework for such a daring video which shows women of all ages, races, shapes and sizes who each take their turn facing a camera and remove the strictures of societal-imposed beauty — makeup as well as wigs.
Yes, amazing, isn’t it, that we have to call going without makeup, wigs and extensions daring. But as the camera chronicles this literal undressing and rejection of standards, that’s exactly what it is. We are in an era, after all, in which music videos typically get attention for exploiting those same standards to the point of making women mere sex objects.
Colbie Caillat sings, “You don’t have to try so hard / You don’t have to, give it all away / You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up / You don’t have to change a single thing.” And as she sings, she and the other women in the video are seen doing just that, not changing anything to make themselves “presentable.”
The video has gone viral and in so doing is reflective of the deep need women — and men, for that matter — have for self-acceptance, and for the freedom to just simply be themselves, unfettered with unrealistic expectations of physical appearances.
You can see Colbie Caillat’s ‘Try’ music video in its entirety below.