Body-positive music to build self-esteem

Tiffany L. Neri
·3 min read

LOOKING in the mirror and not loving what we see might feel very lonely, but it’s more common than anyone thinks—even the most talented and beautiful female artists sing about going through it.

That lonely spiral of criticizing ourselves, how we look, and, as a result, our self-worth—it’s not okay, but it is part of the reality within and around us. Low self-esteem and a negative body image is not an easy feat to tackle, but it isn’t something we have to face alone.

It’s a long and arduous journey before we get there—if we ever even do—but this one is for the days where all we can do is kick off our shoes, crank up the volume, and dance to the songs about self-love, self-acceptance, and empowerment.

It may not completely take those insecurities away, but it does nudge us in the right direction.

So, beautiful, take your playlist pick:

Lizzo

For those of you feeling blue about your body, may Lizzo be with you! Lizzo is the modern mama of loving yourself, your body and women empowerment. Watching her love and sing praises about everything society says is wrong about her body makes you question why you can’t do that for yourself either.

Queue on “‘Scuse Me”, “Truth Hurts”, “Good as Hell” and “Juice”—you’ll definitely know what we’re talking about.

Hailee Steinfeld

Most of us who watched Hailee Steinfeld’s debut into mainstream fame in Pitch Perfect 2 was probably not really sure about what kind of artist she’d eventually be. But, in a blink of an eye, she went beyond what we probably expected in pop music—with her most popular singles heavily laced with sisterhood, self-love and the pride of being a woman.

The two hit songs are “Love Myself” and “Most Girls”, which have that pop-song feel-good kind of sound.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor’s songs have a pretty funky tone to them. She sings about being unapologetic about what you see in the mirror and just taking pride in who you are. Her song “All About That Bass” was an anthem for the plus-sized ladies and gents back in 2014 but got a little flack for the hits on being “skinny”.

Fortunately, she came up with more inclusive songs like “Me Too” and “Woman Up”, which highlighted bringing yourself up with the utmost confidence.

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara used to be under the mainstream public’s radar, but has now gained the popularity she deserves. With a unique sort of husky but bright voice, she just gives you the “feels” when she sings.

“My Song” and “Wild Things” encourage us to celebrate our individuality. “Scars to Your Beautiful” calls out how society likes to pull down people’s self-esteem. Alessia Cara’s songs are modern musical gems.

Beyoncé

Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without Beyoncé. If feeling good about yourself was a sandwich, Beyoncé and her songs are that special sauce that keeps you coming back.

Her songs just turn us all the way up—with positivity, affirmation, empowerment, and confidence. She’s our Queen B for a reason!

So we’ll end this with a quote from her song “Pretty Hurts”.

“Perfection is the disease of a nation. But you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery.”

Mama Ru—from RuPaul’s Drag Race—always says that if you can’t love yourself, how the hey are you gonna love anybody else?

So, don’t forget to spend every day trying, again and again, to love yourself because you deserve it!