As critics and consumers are enjoying the surprise release of Beyoncé's album , they're commenting on more than her musical talent. For the first time, Beyonce is tackling body image and celebrity weight stereotypes through the visual album, reported MTV on Dec. 14.
In it, Beyonce "reveals more than just her amazing post-baby body and showstopper videos," noted the critic. But with the display of her body comes an attack on traditional female physical stereotypes.
"Mama said you're a pretty girl/ What's in your head, it doesn't matter/ Brush your hair, fix your teeth/ What you wear is all that matters,” she sings on the opening track “Pretty Hurts" in an attack on the entertainment industry's focus on appearance.
Beyonce also tackles diet obsessions and body image, using her music to criticize the "body police" who feel free to slam celebrities and models who weigh more than a size zero.
"Blonder hair, flat chest/ TV says bigger is better/ South Beach, sugar free/ Vogue says thinner is better," she sings. The pageant-style video shows judges measuring Beyoncé's stomach with tape, slapping at her thighs to prep her for the stage spotlights.
After the "pageant," Beyonce is shown displaying the pain in trying to always stay slim and in shape.
"Shine the light on whatever's worse, tryna fix something," she sings. "But you can't fix what you can't see/ It's the soul that needs the surgery."
And Beyonce blames society for the prevailing belief that thin is better.
“Perfection is the disease of a nation,” she sings.
And yet, ironically, Beyonce has previously admitted her own struggles with her weight.
“I am a natural fat person, just dying to get out,” she once said. “I go through agonies to keep my stomach as flat as possible—though it is never flat enough for me.”