Anna Gragert
September 18, 2017 8:00 am
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What’s perhaps most interesting about art is that it leaves a paper trail. A painter creates a masterpiece inspired by a book, which was inspired by a song, which was inspired by a photograph. We could go on and on, or we could give you an example using the work of 19-year-old musician Agnes Azria.

While reading Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, Agnes was confronted with the relationship between women’s liberation and society’s version of beauty. In the process, she gained a greater understanding of how beauty standards have impacted womankind’s ability to advance. That, in turn, inspired Agnes’s song “Beauty Myth.”

In a voice that sounds straight out of the Jazz Age, Agnes croons lyrics such as,

To accompany Agnes’s haunting vocals, there’s now a music video to go along with “Beauty Myth,” and we’re exclusively debuting it here:

Directed by Devin Rojas and featuring Agnes Azria herself, the video paints a vivid picture in which the intersection between beauty and social issues is examined. One can truly see that Naomi Wolf’s novel came into play, inspiring Agnes as she came face-to-face with how obsessed our society is with a certain type of beauty. And moreover, how this certain-type-of-beauty standard affects the women of this world. A lyric that encapsulates this: “Our business is your pleasure / Says a sign on the road / It’s your business it’s your pleasure and / It’s our bodies being sold.”

To hear more, you can follow Agnes on Twitter and Soundcloud

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