In praise of Girls Aloud

And who would have thought that I’d be so content in my own skin?Image

I love Girls Aloud and I’m not ashamed to say it. A couple of years ago, my sister and I trekked all the way up to Manchester to see the famous five in concert. Along with thousands of other girls and women, we sang at the top of our lungs and wiggled our tooshes to The Promise. As one does.

Nicola, Cheryl, Kimberley, Sarah and Nadine have the unique ability to be superstars, but also be just like us; just like all our other girlfriends.

And a display of female solidarity, the fabulous five have just released the positive body image song Beautiful Because You Love Me.

Look at these girls.

They are absolute stunners.

But the song reveals that even they go through body image anxieties – just like the rest of us.

Flame-haired Nicole revealed earlier this year how being dubbed ‘The Ugly One’ by former Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles drove her to depression and drink.

Kimberley Walsh, called ‘The Curvy One’, revealed last year how she was called ‘duck bum’ at school and how she went on extreme diets in the early days of Girls Aloud.

Nadine Coyle was nicknamed ‘Lollipop Head’ by the tabloids a few years ago when she became extremely skinny.

The girls are judged because of what they look like. And just like for many of us, that causes anxiety and can lead to extreme eating habits or low self-esteem.

But their new song’s positive message says that we are beautiful not because the world says we are – because sometimes the world says we’re not – but because someone who loves us unconditionally thinks that we are.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics. You can also watch the lyric video here:

Standing over the basin
I’ve been washing my face in
Jet black mascara racing
Down my cheeks till I taste it
Staring at my reflection
Every slight imperfection
Staring back at me
Naked as a girl can be

And who would have thought that I’d be so content in my own skin

Right now the whole world could call me ugly
So what, to you I’m not
You don’t love me cause I’m beautiful
Oh no
I’m beautiful cause you love me
I can’t tell you the deepest and darkest of my secrets
Knowing that you will keep it
And it won’t change our feeling
Every mark on my body
You know every inch of me
All the parts that I used to hate to glorified
There’s a new meaning to freedom when I’m with you

Right now the whole world could call me ugly
So what, to you I’m not
You don’t love me cause I’m beautiful
Oh no
I’m beautiful cause you love me

Beautiful cause you love me

There’s a new meaning to freedom when I’m with you

Right now the whole world could call me ugly
So what, to you I’m not
You don’t love me cause I’m beautiful
Oh no
I’m beautiful cause you love me

Beautiful cause you love me

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