Colbie Caillat is an American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Malibu, California. She got very used to seeing herself made-up and photoshopped on album covers, magazines, promo material, and in her music videos.
Colbie would go into studios feeling upset about being pressured to be someone she’s not – to change her music, her image, into something “marketable.” Luckily, instead of giving in, she did something powerful and wrote a song about it.
“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. On one of my album covers, my arm was shaved down and it made me look very skinny. I think that gives a false reality.” Colbie Caillat
“It felt really cool to be on camera with zero [make-up] on.”