Because every inch of you is beautiful no matter what size you are
Not only is Meghan Trainor’s pop ode to full-figured women the top song in the charts, it’s also the most streamed music video on You-Tube for September and October.
For a new comer, Trainor has managed to keep fellow female artists Taylor Swift and the trio of Jessie J, Arianna Grande and Nicki Minaj off the top spot. The song has already had 2.7 million downloads since it’s début in June and it’s not hard to see why.
‘All about that bass’ is catchy, funny and has an inspirational element to it with its message of loving your curves and feeling good in one’s own body obviously hitting all the right notes with women all over the world.
The song questions the media’s obsession with the ‘perfect’ image of a woman with many celebrities Photoshoping their way unto posters and magazines (hello Mariah!). It opens up further the debate about diversity in the media and the use of ‘real women’ rather than women whose image fits certain criteria which is a welcome addition to the voices of feminists like Beyonceé and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, both of whom advocate girl power through their work.
Trainor’s lyrics, “I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop. We know that shit ain’t real c’mon now, make it stop. If you got beauty, beauty, just raise ’em up ‘Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” couldn’t be a more timely confidence boost for young women struggling with low self-esteem, coming at a time when being as slim as a stick is what is considered ‘beautiful’.
Very few songs (if any) celebrate women with curves as society generally leads us to believe that men prefer size 8 -10 women to women with a bit more love handles. This may be true in the west, but have African men also switched preferences from fuller figured women to slim women?
Trainor’s lyrics, “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do, ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase and all the right junk in all the right places,” ingeniously suggests that the 20-year-old isn’t short of admirers even though she’s no size 8.
Arguably, as catchy as the tune is for ‘All about that base’, the message in the song is what’s driving its chart success and may continue to do so for some time to come. Women may just have found a new feel good anthem.