Alessia Cara’s “Know it All” Well Worth the Listen


EJ Hersom

Recording artist Alessia Cara performs for the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremonies in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Aleah Estey, A&E Writer

Alessia Cara is a 21-year-old Canadian singer songwriter. She debuted her first album Know It All in 2015. The album was a major hit, but the one song that stood out was her self love anthem, “Scars To Your Beautiful”.
The song’s lyrics really hit home and resonated with people around the world. There was finally a hit that wasn’t focused on money, drugs, and hot girls. The song alone was a hit, but when the video was released in 2016 that’s really what stood out. The video today has over 63 million views and 52,000 comments. The video features people from all walks of life who speak and shed light on how the people who don’t fit society’s definition of “beautiful” are treated on a daily basis.

The lyrics showcase the lengths that people go to try and attain the small margin of beauty that society accepts. Each and every person in the video has had to overcome unbelievably rough times, but through their endurance they share meaningful advice that can help people in a wide variety of situations. The video does an amazing job on having such a diverse group of people represented, making it so everyone who watches the video feels appreciated and heard.

Alessia Cara takes a whole new approach to making a music video. She appears in the video with no makeup on, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. There are no elaborate effects or sets; just her the music and a powerful voice.
The reoccurring theme of the song is that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and that there is no singular definition of “beauty”. The music video ends with a lasting message: beauty isn’t only one look, shape, size, or color. Alessia Cara is an empowering role model who is focused on spreading self-love and acceptance across the world.