Analysis Of Lyrics: "Beautiful" By Christina Aguilera

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Double Standards: Don't Look at MeDon't look at me is the first line of Christina Aguilera's song "Beautiful." This instant whisper from the voice of Aguilera creates an ashamed vibe for the song. It is spoken quietly and without any musical instrumentation. As the music softly and brilliantly builds up to the first verse listener's already have a misinterpretation of the lyrics. The audience presumes that the song will be about depression or shame and disgrace because one would associate not wanting people to look at you with shame. However, once they read more into the lyrics they notice that the meaning of the song is much deeper than shame and actually has an opposite message. When the audience hears the title of the song they could also make the assumption that the song is about beauty and the images of pop stars, although it is about finding beauty in everyone. Beautiful is something or someone that is 'pleasing to the senses.' We all have inner beauties that define us as individuals.Christina Aguilera is a pop artist. Her music and image has won the hearts of many females averaging from ages 12 to 25. Many females of this age will browse through the latest magazines, look at pictures and read interviews about the pop icon. She has become a phenomenon for this generation. She started with a young target audience and as she has matured, her music has as well. She went from songs like "Reflection" and "I'm a Genie in a Bottle" to "Beautiful" and most recently, "Hurt." This developed approach has broadened her target audience. Her music can be perceived as pop, but at the same time her new style has shown more significance to her social audience. She went from singing about boyfriends to singing about universal topics of social acceptance and stereotypes that cause so much hatred and anger in the world. Christina Aguilera is a dominant musical icon in our society. "Beautiful" relies heavily upon the use of double standards, not only within the lyrics but also regarding the marketing and image of Aguilera.When looking at the lyrics of "Beautiful" objectively, there are different perspectives in which the lyrics can be interpreted. Defining who the speaker is completely changes the context of the lyrics. In "Beautiful" I believe that we should look at the average teenage girl, a gay couple (particularly a stereotype), and Christina Aguilera herself as three separate speakers.From an average teenage girls point of view "Beautiful" is most likely a song that they can relate to in terms of life and the self-battles they are having. For a teenage girl it may seem like everything is going well, but then suddenly there is a change that causes a mishap, such as acne affecting her image. From the pain of her image she may feel ashamed and insecure. This is when she has to tell herself that she is not flawless and yet she is an individual, but even if people do make fun of or gossip about her she is still beautiful. This is where "Beautiful" gives hope...

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