Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful?
There’s this song by Seabird – Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful…
Don’t you know don’t you know that you’re beautiful
I think sometimes we forget.
And need to be reminded.
That’s what this video illustrates.
Shea Glover, a high school senior, decided to tell several people she thought were beautiful that they were, in fact, beautiful.
Sounds simple. But the reactions she got were incredible.
She did it for a project at her Chicago performing arts high school (which is why you won’t see baseball-player-looking dudes or cheerleaders), and she recorded their reactions in this video.
“I’m taking pictures of things I find beautiful,” she told each person.
This is what she we wrote about her video:
“I conducted an independent project, which evidently turned into a social experiment halfway through, regarding beauty at my performing arts high school in Chicago. I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of people. I was simply filming beauty and this is the result. Here it is.”
Watching the impact a compliment like this can have is rather amazing.
Here’s how some of the people reacted:
Some were surprised. Some were touched. Some were uncomfortable. One person even seemed upset.
Glover said it was an independent project that “turned into a social experiment halfway through,” which seems like an accurate description.
Her video is a good reminder that sincere compliments can have a profound impact on us.
*warning – language
found on upworthy
5 Comments to Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful?
Your words are perfection, Kyle. For someone not so good with words, getting their thoughts into sentences, or making themselves heard, you put it all out there so eloquently. Thank you
Made me cry.
It is very hard to watch a smile blossom across someone’s face without feeling one move across my own. Enjoyed the hair, too!
This video is a constant reminder that people often put on facades of “I’m great”, “I’m confident” when in reality there is a constant internal dialogue of what they tell themselves and what others have said to them. That they don’t measure up or so they think. You can see their soul smile when they’re told they’re beautiful. Many of them had a double take moment of “what’d you say?” It makes me think that what they usually hear at home and at school is not you’re beautiful. I know for me, I have my share of personal battles of insecurity and trying to be accepted and seen as valuable (beautiful). I was called names in middle school and high school that left scars which I still battle today.
I guess my take away is this…use words. And the words you use, use them to build and not destroy.