TLC: Unpretty Meaning
Song Released: 1999
Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you
Look into the mirror who's inside there
The one with the long hair
Same old me again today (yeah)
My outsides look...
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2008 3:30pm report
This song is about people who on the outside may look happy and put a smile on(my outsides look cool)..., but deep down they are filled with emotion and feeling bad(my insides are blue)...
The chorus means that you can fix up yourself to look as pretty as ever,if its for a boyfriend or whatever..but deep down on the inside you don't know who you are and wonder what is your purpose and may you feel not so pretty
anonymous Apr 30th, 2012 4:59pm report
To me this song is about trying to fit in,trying to look beautiful on the outside so other people will like you/accept you, trying to please other people but not being true to yourself and so not feeling good on the inside about yourself and not knowing who you really are and not being who you are around people. To me its also about pretending to look cool on the outside (apperances)but not really feeling it on the inside because its a fake feeling good and knowing you've only got yourself to blame for it by pretending to be someone youre not. The psychologist Carl Young did work on the persona - the image humans tend to portray to the world, the part of us we want people to see and how we want to be percieved by others and he also coined the term the shadow side. The shadow side is the part of us we dont want other people to see, the parts of ourselves that we dont like and dont want to own. Trying to look cool on the outside (just in looks) is like trying to portray this image to the world of 'i'm okay' but its shallow and superfical when it only comes from looks. on the inside looks have little to really do with how we feel about ourselves. so you can look hot but its not the answer to feeling good about yourself. and if you put out an image of yourself which isnt real to who you are/how you are really feeling, if youre not honest then probably youre gonna feel unpretty on the inside and not like this fake person you pretend to be. i think to feel good on the inside we have to love ourselves for our good and bad attributes and accept our shadowside - the parts we try to hide. i think the songs message portrays this human dilemma, and points towards the answer being self accepting of the bits we dont like about ourselves so we can feel good on the inside.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2012 3:43pm report
Too many of you are describing the video, not the song.
anonymous Feb 10th, 2012 2:03pm report
I think this song is about a girl who thought she was beutiful until she met this guy who didn't like the way she looked. so now she don't see herself beutiful.
anonymous Jan 25th, 2012 1:06am report
my interpertation is that everything pressures you to make to yourself prettier. Magazines, boys, girls-all of it. When i got my haircut, my friends kept saying that i was a boy. they would joke that i stuffed my bra, crossdressed, and they said that i wasn't telling them my real name, which they thought was a boy name. I knew i was suppose to laugh, and not take them seriously. but as soon as i got home from school, i'd go in my room and cry. I started wearing makeup to school everyday. I didn't have a boyfriend, so i didn't have anyone to go to. I didn't tell my parents becuz they might tell me to get different friends, which for someone of my social status-wouldn't be easy. I listened to this song about a million times when that was happening. Once i went to a school dance, and i wore crazy makeup and sprayed my hair crazy colors-and my friends kept commenting about my nose. it's a really weird nose. when i went home and cried myself to sleep. this song got me through those days. <3
anonymous Oct 13th, 2011 10:46pm report
i think it is about body issues and how today there is all the surgery in the world that you can use to change yourself but on the inside you are always going to be you. no matter how you look on the outsid eyou have to be happy and fel pretty on the inside to.
anonymous Aug 2nd, 2011 8:38am report
What I think this song is about is how they basically say like i'm done trying to change myself for you && i shouldn't have to!!
anonymous May 24th, 2011 5:16am report
I like the interpretation they used in Glee, when Rachel and Quinn sang this song together. It may originally have been about a girl whose boyfriend pressurises her about her looks, but it's so much more often OTHER GIRLS who cause this feeling of 'unprettiness'. Girls look at girls who they think are prettier than they are, and try really hard to be like them. If there's a girl in your class that you find particularly beautiful, it can be really hard to look in the mirror and like yourself. But the truth is the same - you can get their make up and their hair, even their nose, but if you don't love yourself on the inside, it won't make a bit of difference and you'll still feel unpretty.
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The song to me is talking about a young lady who has lost track of who she is because of a man. He wants her to change her physical appearance and has obviously been criticizing the way she looks. However, before she met him, she never felt those insecure feelings that are surfacing. Whereas she used to feel cute, she now feels ugly. On the inside, she feels sad and very blue even though to the eye she looks fine.
my interpretation of the song is that you should accept yourself the way you are and not allow anyone to make you feel "unpretty" in any way. "You can't buy your hair if it won't grow, you can fix your nose if you say so..." You can try to change your appearance to please other people but what's the point if you are not happy inside
Gurl_E_Nerdd Apr 25th, 2008 4:35pm report
Have you ever had the feeling that you have to be perfect? in the song, the girl wants to please her boyfriend by getting breast implants and the one girl hordes food but the meaning of the song is to be yourself and feel free and you have a choice. You was to be you for you not for everyone else. If one can't see you then kick them to the curve.
anonymous Apr 19th, 2008 4:56pm report
I think this is more than just being pretty and made to believe that she's ugly, it's about how her boyfriend has changed her, this is what she means when she says unpretty - she doesn't like who she is now because of her boyfriend. She says she only has herself to blame - because she's let this happen. I think the chorus is about people covering up who they really are not really about changing your features because your ugly. She says 'Maybe get rid of you and then I'll get back to me' this is her saying she needs to get rid and then she can be herself again. Basically I think the song is about changing yourself into something your not for the sake of other people.
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