These days it often seems like it is a requirement to be good looking to be a good singer. Simon Cowell is known for his harsh words for singing contestants regarding, not just their singing, but their looks too. All of this changed when Susan Boyle came onto Britain’s Got Talent (the UK version of American Idol).
Susan Boyle is moving people world-round with her phenomenal voice. I think it is wonderful that this woman from Scotland is able to be recognized for her amazing talents. In addition to her talents, Boyle’s confidence in the faces of those who doubted and mocked her is inspiring.
In spite of the eye rolls from both the audience and the judges before her performance, she went on to move them all to standing ovations and tears with her magnificent voice. It’s heart-warming to watch the audience’s cynicism and judgment dissolve at the sound of Susan’s voice.
My favorite line in the video is when Amanda says:
I am so thrilled because I know that everybody was against you. I honestly think that we were all being very cynical and I think that’s the biggest wake up call ever. And I just want to say that it was a complete privilege listening to that.
I wholeheartedly agree. The world needs this wake up call. We, as a culture, have become so focused on appearances that we can potentially limit ourselves from people’s talents that can move millions to tears. Hopefully Boyle’s story will help the world open its collective eye to a whole new slough of incredibly talented people that don’t look like Paris Hilton.
Susan Boyle has literally become famous overnight. Over 20.6 million people have seen Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent YouTube video. Since her performance, Susan has been given several offers for complete makeovers. Apparently now that she’s a star she has to look like a star! And apparently it’s the media that decides what a star looks like!
I’m inspired that Susan has not let the media get under her skin and make her feel un-pretty or insecure. Susan is comfortable with herself and her looks and she won’t let instant fame change who she is. In an interview on CNN‘s American Morning on Friday Susan said:
I wouldn’t want to change myself too much because that would really make things a bit false. I want to receive people as the real me, a real person.
That’s a message that About-Face can endorse and everyone should take to heart.
You can live your dreams and be talented no matter what you look like, how old you are, or where you’re from. All it takes is confidence and determination. Don’t be afraid to show yourself. Don’t hide your talents out of insecurity. And definitely don’t believe anyone who rolls their eyes and says “you can’t.”
If you want to contact the people behind Britain’s Got Talent to let them know how you feel about the representation of Susan Boyle, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
–Jaimie and Ashley