“Maybe I’m just fun, Cause I’ve got a belly, And I’ve got a bum, But I can’t be jelly of all the other ones…”
Toronto, ON (January 7, 2021) – Emerging pop artist, JESSIA sparked an enthusiastic reaction on social media earlier this week when she shared a snippet of a song idea inspired by conversations about female empowerment and body image. From concept to completion in just 72 hours, “I’m not Pretty” will be released everywhere tomorrow (January 8th).
JESSIA already has over 300,000 TikTok followers but once this tune drops, that will surely soar higher. It’s a playful, catchy, and danceable approach — along the lines of Meghan Trainor’s “All about that Bass” — to body positivity that seems to be really resonating with the public.
“I’m not Pretty,” showcases JESSIA’s super-soulful voice and wildly relatable lyrics, inspiring many with its affirming message of self-acceptance, including supermodel, body activist and public figure Ashley Graham who posted “LOVE THIS!” after seeing the video clip of the song’s creation.
The lyrics are both simple and direct, but most of all they are catchy and playful:
“Every other song says I’m beautiful
But what if I don’t feel like I’m beautiful?
I wish my body image didn’t say
That I should be another kind of way
Maybe I’m not pretty
Maybe I’m just fun
Cause I’ve got a belly
And I’ve got a bum
But I can’t be jelly of all the other ones
So, I’m falling in love with my rum bum bum bum”
“The response to “I’m not Pretty” has been overwhelming to say the least!” shares JESSIA. “I am so touched that we have started 2021 off with this body positivity movement.”
“The inspiration for this song actually started from a TikTok trend. I heard a quote saying, ‘I’ve never seen two pretty best friends’ and it got me thinking that all of my friends are gorgeous so maybe I’m not the pretty one. Maybe I am just the fun one? I was feeling frustrated and bitter one day, so I wrote this hook to get me through. People related to it and the positivity started rapidly spreading and then having Elijah Woods onboard to produce and be a part of it, made it all the more special. We are both so proud of what has come out of this song and it’s just the beginning!”
The short clip of the song is gaining a great deal of momentum on TikTok SEE what’s happening HERE.
But if you want, you can JOIN the “I’m not Pretty” party HERE on TikTok, at midnight (ET) tonight along with JESSIA and hit music maker Elijah Woods.
by Terence Lankstead
with notes from Red Umbrella