Colbie Caillat’s Inspiring New Music Video Goes Against The Grain


We are all familiar with Colbie Caillat, her breakout hit from 2007 ‘Bubbly’, and her laid-back hippie style. There’s a lot more to this California native than you think, and she revealed more of her hidden side in the music video for her new single ‘Try’.

The video is an emotional display of something we women go through almost every day: not feeling up to scratch with our appearance, and being unhappy with the way we look.

She spoke to Elle magazine about the inspiration behind the video, the man who helped her make such a meaningful hit, and how the unfair beauty ideals she was so caught up in in the music industry contributed to this song.

“I went into the recording studio with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and I told him that I was getting a lot of pressure to be someone I’m not, both musically and image-wise. Although I don’t want to do it, I’m just going to make these people happy. He started laughing, and said, we’re not going to do that. That’s not you, and that’s ridiculous of them to ask. That right there gave me the creative freedom. He said, ‘Let’s write about exactly what they’re asking you to do—to change yourself.’ ” How awesome to know that a man encouraged her to find her beauty within and didn’t try to perpetuate industry standards just to make a hit.

And remember, this is a guy who has won 10 Grammy awards, produced over 26 number 1 hits in his career, and put names like Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and even Beyonce on worldwide music charts.

Colbie sat down with Babyface and made a list of all the things she and many other women do everyday just to feel “beautiful”, including manicures, makeup, hair-do’s, and picking an outfit.

She explained how going without makeup makes her feel good, but that she feared others may not think the same.

“…the thing is that I like myself when I’m not that way, but I feel like other people might not like me that way. And I know that most women go through that…And everyone is trying to hide their faults from each other when we all have it. So Babyface inspired me to write this and it’s all from a personal experience,” she said.

This video really made her reevaluate her own approach to beauty on a daily basis and said it changed her whole approach to the entire album. Elle commented on the fact that it is usually men who give women the message that they need to look a certain way to win their approval, yet here was a man telling her the opposite, to find what makes her happy.

“Kenny gave me that freedom and it’s really helped me with the direction of this album. I don’t have Photoshop on my album cover. At the video shoots, I’m doing less hair and makeup. For the “Try” video I didn’t prep or starve myself and over-exercise. And then I didn’t get my nails done, I didn’t get my hair done. I didn’t get a facial. I didn’t have a stylist.”


Like many of us, Colbie is sick of how society perpetuates an unhealthy beauty standard and says it is tough being a woman today because we feel we have to live up to others’ expectations.

“When we do get dolled up, we get more compliments. It’s just what happens. When you have a cute outfit on and your makeup looks amazing, the first thing people comment on is your image. When you don’t wear makeup, you hear things like, “Oh wow, you look tired or you’re so brave for not wearing makeup!”

We DO think this music video is brave, not just because the women aren’t wearing makeup, but because Colbie is leading the way for other young female artists to feel the freedom to be themselves, and look the way they want without feeling like they are a going to be a failure.

“When I see gorgeous models and singers and they look perfect on their album covers, it makes me want to look like that, too, and it makes me feel like if I don’t Photoshop my skin on my album cover, I’m the one who’s going to look a little off and everyone else is going to look perfect. And that’s what everyone is used to seeing. They’re used to seeing people on the album covers completely Photoshopped…I think that gives a false reality,” she said.

“When I did the lyric video for “Try,” and I asked some of my celebrity friends if they would send a picture of themselves, you have no idea how difficult it was. Some of them said no, some of them said they’ll send me a picture in a couple of days because they have a pimple on their chin, and they didn’t want it showing in the picture. And I was like, no, no, no! That’s good! Let’s let all of our fans know that we get them too, because otherwise they’re just think that they’re the only ones who get acne…It was so hard for them to show any degree of realness.”

Colbie posted a snippet of the video to her Instagram account with this caption: “Try is the first music video I’ve never prepared for. I didn’t go tanning, I didn’t diet, I didn’t heavily workout, I didn’t get my hair done, I didn’t get my nails done, I didn’t have a stylist, I didn’t get my eyebrows tinted…it felt wonderful!”

In the video below we see Colbie and a series of women who have a variety of body shapes, hair color and skin color swipe off their makeup and it is as if they are looking into a mirror at themselves. Colbie takes out her hair extensions, rips off her false eyelashes and shows her face completely bare and looks happy about it!

It is a refreshing view of female artists and how women don’t need makeup to feel accepted or beautiful by society. Worth comes from within, and while it’s fun to get dressed up, that shouldn’t be the only time we feel confident.


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