What does Pretty Hurts mean?

Beyonce: Pretty Hurts Meaning

Album cover for Pretty Hurts album cover

Song Released: 2014

Pretty Hurts Lyrics

[Harvey Keitel:] Ms. THird ward, your first question - what is your aspiration in life?
[Beyoncé:] Oh... My aspiration in life... would be... to be happy.

(Uh huh huh)
(Uh huh huh)
(Uh huh huh)

[Verse 1:]
Mama said, "You're a pretty...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    May 7th 2020 !⃝

    It hurts trying to fake that your pretty when you feel insecure. We are all so obsessed with what society thinks pretty is. Have the perfect body, the best smile.No one is perfect.Just remember that everyone is unique and pretty in their own way. Don't hurt yourself trying to look 'pretty'.:)


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 24th 2017 !⃝

    Pretty hurts is about how know matter the amount of "fixing" you try when you look at your reflection it's never going to be good enough. You mentally break yourself apart until you fall apart, "you left a shattered mirrior in the shards of a beautiful girl." The song is written for the mental voices in your head tell you "just on more pound" , " just one more surgery", "just a little more makeup" it's always just one more, you don't realized how much it affects you until you mentally break down.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 11th 2018 !⃝

    The beauty is inside of you
    So people can love your pretty face and hate your heart. I think song is about that

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2022 !⃝

    Having a lot of insecurities may trigger you to be what people want you to be and not who you really are..Everyone is perfect on their own way and no scars to your beautiful

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2022 !⃝

    That your still no phrase but a little bit of dont hate me and no phrase together :) and also typing in the dark with the light out at night because it was that you were pretty hurts when you didnt see id much.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2021 !⃝

    After trying to change everything about you, you might end up not only hurting yourself but hating yourself even more.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2019 !⃝

    i think it hurts a lot when you try to be what you are not

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2019 !⃝

    I have to do a esssay about this and I’m stuck anyone help?

  9. anonymous
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    May 18th 2018 !⃝

    During an interview with iTunes Radio in December 2013, Beyoncé said, "The second I heard the song, I'm like, 'I have to sing this song, I don't care how hard I have to fight for this song, this is my song'!" The singer also decided to record "Pretty Hurts" because she wanted to shift her focus to the beauty industry, which she felt was "the most humiliating, judgmental place you can be as a woman".She saw the track's theme as representation of "finding that thing in the world that makes you truly happy,"and felt that the song was in line with the album's theme of "finding beauty in imperfections". Speaking to iTunes Radio, Beyoncé explained: "I feel like sometimes the world is a big contest, we're all being judged. I wanted to capture how humiliating and insecure that makes you feel."

    ordinary looking and imperfect in character
    and usually poker face (Lol)

  10. anonymous
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    May 18th 2018 !⃝

    From childhood, cute or pretty children are favoured and praised more frequently due to their prettiness than the ones that are not and are made to know about the reason for their preferential treatment - prettiness. So, often than not the pretties result to focusing more on the outside (appearance) than the inside (character). So I think "pretty hurts" simply means being pretty hurts more than not. That is being physically beautiful or pretty hurts especially when good character is lacking since real pretty comes from the inside. Such physically pretty ones are most likely (not necessarily, though) experience more heart-break, divorce,etc. than the ones that are pretty from the inside.

  11. ivah
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    Jul 10th 2017 !⃝

    pretty hurts is about no matter how much you try perfecting your outlook,to please others and yourself,you never get satisfied.This results to feeling down hearted in the long run and wishing you didn't try being a fake.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2017 !⃝

    Pretty hurt is all about not been happy with the way you look, not appreciating yourself, wanting to have that perfect nose, skinny model leg and perfect body curves. Going under the knife, doing all kinds of surgery just to get that look. At the end you end up not only hurt yourself but hating yourself even more. (no better you than the you that you are) . Beauty is not all about the physical look, face or appearance It the light that comes from the heart.

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 22nd 2016 !⃝

    I think the song is basically about the pain that one has to go through just to be pretty and feel like you belong to a certain society.

  14. Jasfabulous
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    Nov 7th 2015 !⃝

    How you try to be the perfect and prettiest person and no maters how hard you try you'll never be good enough for everyone so you break down and cry and then you realize that you were perfect the way your were before hiding behind makeup and pretending to be someone you're not .shows how people pretend to be happy instead of being upset and shows that you're beautiful naturally .

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2015 !⃝

    Pretty hurts is about how people can make you feel unwanted. So when you feel rejected you try to become the perfect person. But what comes with being perfect, is pain on the inside that you can never get rid of. You're always going to see the things that hurt you on the inside. Behind the mask you see the shattered image behind it.

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 18th 2015 !⃝

    Pretty hurts is all about how being fake can cause you pain on the inside. Its also about how one way or another after you take away the masquerade(fake), you'll be forced to face what's underneath

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd 2014 !⃝

    I love this song its basically talking about the problems of pageants
    "what you wear is all that matters"
    and no matter how hard you try to go for surgerys it can't take away the pain inside
    "the pain's inside and nobody fix it for nobody
    its my soul that need surgery"
    because the more you try to be perfect for this pageants the more your soul gets sad

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