What does What Makes You Beautiful mean?

One Direction: What Makes You Beautiful Meaning

Album cover for What Makes You Beautiful album cover

Song Released: 2011


What Makes You Beautiful Lyrics

You're insecure
Don't know what for
You're turning heads when you walk through the door
Don't need make up
To cover up
Being the way that you are is enough

Everyone else in the room can see it
everyone else but you

Baby you light up...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2021 !⃝

    This is the first song of 1D and they've truly expressed their love for their fans at the very start. This song says that being beautiful from the outside isn't important. This song is to those girls having insecurities. All girls don't need makeup to look beautiful. They are beautiful, the way they are. Natural beauty stands above all. A pure heart is the biggest requirement for love.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2021 !⃝

    This song means that no matter what you look like,the way you act towards others (your kindness) is your true beauty. The way you treat others and your personality will always beat any looks no matter what! Love yourself, for who you are,because the Lord made you for who you are.


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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2018 !⃝

    Point number one,There this girl who thinks that she's not really beautiful aka she's very insecure about herself.
    Point number two, The girl is being loved by this guy who looks through her all the flaws and thinks she's beautiful naturally..he's totally in lover with her actions,smiles just everything!
    Point number three, the guy is indicating to see herself from his eyes!
    And fellas! Beauty comes with what? Whats beauty actually?
    That guy is trying to make her feel real,goddamn..i love ths song!

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2022 !⃝

    i've actually heard this song somewhere during my developmental years and i love hearing it but i don't know the title and the band who happen to sang it....... now that i am in my adulthood i accidentally seen it in my feed at the social media and and so i search for it's title so i browse to look about the comments below and found out that like what i do many other guys are asking about the title.... and their someone replied to give the title and the band... since then i search the lyrics and its interpretation and implication in daily lives why the song was composed as such......so i searched for the meaning and its interpretation then .... i've read comments online shared by anonymous individuals who gave their understanding about the meaning of the song.... i felt sad that i found myself related how the guys being described in the song lived their life.....it sad somehow..and i feel this way

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2019 !⃝

    It's about a girl who does not think that she is beautiful because she doesn't know it yet but the guy tells her that she is beautiful like when Liam says "You're insecure don't know what for you're turning heads when you walk through the door" and that the guy is saying that she is insecure and that she is turning her head when she walks through the door and then Liam says "Don't need make-up to cover up being the way that you are is enough" and he is also saying that she doesn't need make-up to cover her identity and that the way she is enough.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 5th 2019 !⃝

    I think this next song is about being beautiful you are but when the chorus came on. I wanted to be like performing.

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2019 !⃝

    I think the song had some instruments like drum and some other instruments and the song come from one direction. But it told me the story of my life to be like, but it’s learning to be different other than recording artists. I think the song is really empowering to everyone’s expensive to the music. We’re very pleased by the song into every word into our head but it’s ear worming. It made me happy to get the songs get through.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2019 !⃝

    I think this song is very good and also great grooves, then the lyrics are spending around and around, we had great music fun to play with, one direction would help Beth her vocals, accept Philip, they are going to cover for their songs.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2019 !⃝

    I think this song is about being in love, it’s very good and very catchy songs, then my producer will come in and talk to me, about this song. He’s from the uk. He’s really good at songwriting and also. Very good feel to it. It’s a rocker.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2018 !⃝

    This song is about them liking a girl because she’s beautiful, and she doesn’t know it. Aka, she’s insecure. This is horrible because they are saying that her not being confident in herself is what makes her pretty. It’s telling young girls that you have to have little self esteem to be liked by a guy. They never tell her to get confident. They never tell her to start believing in herself. They tell her to remain in a state of insecurity so guys can objectify her and tell her that she’s beautiful instead of having her believe she’s perfect for HERSELF. I hate this song and how it’s brainwashed girls into thinking that to be beautiful, you can’t have confidence and to have confidence comes by boys saying you’re beautiful. And did anyone else notice how they only mention physical features like her hair and smile. Never about intelligence, personality, bravery, respectability. It’s just about them glorifying her lack of confidence like that same insecurity can’t lead to greater things like the inability to say no when a guy wants something more than she’s willing to give, eating disorders, self harm (like when Zayn left, really shows you how the “message” of this song got through to the fan base), and overall disgust in the reflection of herself in the mirror. Like us girls need to be told by a boy we are pretty to believe it. That comes internally.

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2018 !⃝

    It's about a Girl who isn't sure if she's beautiful, or not. The guy(s) then tell the girl, and then she believes that. She then hangs out with the guy(s) afterwards.

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  12. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2017 !⃝

    I think that this song is about a girl who feels insecure about herself and doesn't feel beautiful, but a boy loves her just the way she is, inside and out!!

  13. anonymous
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    May 18th 2015 !⃝

    It's a guy singing about that he loves everything about a girl and she doesn't know that she's beautiful but if she could see through his eyes.maybe she would understand that she's wrong and she is beautiful and she just doesn't know her smile and her actions.make him fall for her and how she doesn't know that she's beautiful is the fact that makes her beautiful cause she doesn't act like she's a princess or all that she acts like a normal person and is insecure but that's why she's beautiful in the inside and on the outside

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2015 !⃝

    Why the hell would anyone think that producing a song that is about the exact same thing that every other song is about. Yes we've heard, you saw a girl, thought she was pretty, had someone else write this sugarcoated song for you while you sat around a table admiring your Maybachs while drinking bourbon and smoking cigars, made a bunch of instrument machines play instrumentals, sang it, auto tuned it, did a crappy video, styled your hair, made another hundred thousand dollars, and bought three Bentleys, lets compare you to the Beatles a band who writes experimental and different songs, sings them, sells them, and makes money they earned.

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  15. skull_kid_jr
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    Jan 15th 2015 !⃝

    This song first of all BS its not a good song its just REALLY ANNOYING its about a girl that one of the members wants to date so they keep singing to her til she says yes kinda like what Justin beiber did in the baby music video

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  16. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2014 !⃝

    I don't think she's insecure, I think she's modest. And there's no mention of love. Yes, it is counter-productive. This poor girl doesn't want to be loved for her looks, and here this guy is sexualizing her just cause she exists. You should see the comments on other sites about this song. It's really kind of sad.

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 7th 2014 !⃝

    It is about girls who have insecurities and need to be told more often that they are beautiful inside and out. They sing what every girl wants to here, especially people going through hard times and insecurity. Other songs that have a similar topic by One Direction are 'Little Things' and 'Diana"
    These 3 songs mean the world to me.

  18. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2014 !⃝

    You're insecure, don't know what for," is kinda saying that he's not sure why she is insecure because she really is beautiful. The guys singing it are just about WHAT MAKES HER BEAUTIFUL!
    Hope this helped :)

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