Alessia Carafirst came on our radar with her track"Here,"the story of a sober wallflower at a raging party.Now 20,she isn't just a pop star—she's a pop activist: Cara has pledged to always go makeup-free when she performs"Scars to Your Beautiful,"her anthem for anyone who's felt uncomfortable in their skin.The video features powerful cameos from,among others,cancer survivors and transgender people challenging williamhill388beauty standards."We all look at ourselves in the mirror and think,I hatethis,I wishthatwere different—from something minor like,‘I have a pimple today,' to something major like,‘I don't want to live anymore because I don't think I'm good enough,'" she says inGlamour's September issue."In ‘Scars,' I wanted to tell people,‘There isn'toneway to look beautiful—youarebeautiful,and it's the world that needs to change.' "
Now,Cara is opening up—for the first time ever—with Lipstick.com about her biggest williamhill388beauty battle yet and the inspiration for her hit single: her struggle with hair loss.
Having a mom as a hairdresser was really awesome: I was always her test dummy.I've had every style,every color you could imagine.But I have always struggled with my hair one way or another.There were times when I just wanted to look like everyone else because people would make comments like,‘哦,your hair is so frizzy.'
So,I started straightening my hair.也许这是原因……In late elementary school,early high school,I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower.It was one of the scariest things.It got to the point where it was visibly gone.I struggled with that a lot,especially going into high school.You have so many pressures—what people are going to think of you—and I was going into it losing all my hair.I had,like,nothing left.It was patches of missing hair that people would point out,because people are mean in high school.
I was constantly looking forhairstylesto hide the bald spots.And I didn't know why it was happening.I just kept thinking,‘Why am I so young and having to deal with this?' I didn't want people to look at me,I didn't want people to get too close.Even now,I struggle with it;sometimes,you can see that my hair is missing in some spots.I have just learned how to accept it.Being in the public eye,you're always worried about what angle people are going to take pictures of you at.I don't really care anymore.I just let my hair dry naturally;I don't hide it.
I want "Scars to Your Beautiful" to reach different types of women.The girl I am talking about,it's me,it's you—it's every girl who has struggled with feeling not good enough.I want to talk about all the different extremes that girls go through to feel beautiful.
I am stubborn enough to know not to change myself.I read things about my hair all the time.But I love my curls now.I always get criticized for my clothing because I like wearing jeans and T-shirts.There's nothing wrong with dressing sexy.It's just I don't want to be anything that I'm not.I'm not here to be a 威廉希尔备用网址fashion icon.I am here to make songs.
We decided that every performance I do of "Scars," every interview I do about it,I am not going to be wearing any makeup,because how could I be preaching a song about being yourself and being beautiful and perfect the way you are—and have a full face of makeup?I want to show people that I am comfortable enough to go on national television and just be myself.It would only feel right if I am 100 percent me.