Its the song that could be heard around the world—it started a revolution of plus-size proportions. And yes, she’s all that about bass. Meghan Trainor has taken the music industry in full-force, inspiring girls of all sizes—especially full-figured girls—to embrace their body, to live in their confidence and to remember that “every inch [of their body] is perfect from the bottom to the top.”
As a “pleasantly plump” young woman, words can not express how refreshing it is to hear a song celebrating girls that are like me—curvy, voluptuous and beautiful. Think about it. It’s not very often that you see or hear plus-sized women in the entertainment industry referred to as beautiful, sexy or desirable. Really think about it. In movies, the thick woman is often the funny best friend—the side character—never the main chick who ends up with the hot guy.
This in turn results in what I term as phat girl syndrome. The lack of social and self acceptance. The, “I’ll never get the type of man that I want, so I’ll settle for what I can get.” The, “I have a beautiful face, and that’s all” type of mentality. You limit yourself to being a sub-par human being, not living to your fullest potential, simply because of what society says you are worth. While this may not be the case for all women, studies show that “approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies.”
This is why I love “All About That Bass”, and the rest of Meghan Trainor’s music. She dares you to be different. She reminds her listeners that they are not defined by what society thinks of them. That yes, you can be a pleasantly plump woman and still be the objects of someone’s desire and affection. A reminder that you are no less of a woman, simply because your waistline is two-times more than that of the “size 2 woman.” You can go out there and “shake it”, just like anyone else.
Some say that this is Meghan’s “One hit wonder.” I argue the opposite. Her music may not be “relevant” now, but I’m positive that her music serves a catalyst to a change in how women are portrayed and valued in our society. For this reason alone, Meghan Trainor will be a timeless figure in music.