What “I Feel Pretty” Teaches Us About Our Insecurities
Ladies, if you’re looking for a classic feel-good film that will leave you feeling like the best version of yourself, look no further. “I Feel Pretty”, which stars the hilarious Amy Schumer, will remind you of a big part of loving yourself is attitude and confidence.
AMY SCHUMER IS ALL OF US
When “I Feel Pretty” was featured in theatres I didn’t have a chance to go. However, this week I rented the movie and can finally share my thoughts.
So what is this movie about?
If you haven’t seen it yet, the movie follows Renee Bennett (played by Amy Schumer) as she struggles with self-esteem issues. However, after an accident at a spinning class, she wakes up believing that she is the most beautiful woman on the planet (though nothing has physically changed). With her newly founded confidence and attitude, she lives her life as her best self, saying yes to every opportunity and with the confidence to succeed.
Unlike the critics, I LOVED this movie
What I loved about “I Feel Pretty” was the message (despite what critics were saying BEFORE the film was released).
Amy Schumer’s character discovers confidence without changing a thing about herself, except for her attitude. At first, the change in attitude was a result of her accident, however, by the end, she comes to the realization that it was her the entire time. It’s a bit corny and cliche but I love it!
The message that the film is trying to get across, that attitude can mean the difference between loving and hating yourself, is something we all need. In addition, the contrast between the timid Renee who doesn’t see her self-worth, and the confident Renee who feels like she deserves the world, demonstrates perfectly the consequences of our insecurities.
Beyond the overarching message of “I Feel Pretty”, there were a few themes that presented itself during the film that are important reminders about women’s self-esteem. So here goes!
WHAT “I FEEL PRETTY” TEACHES US ABOUT INSECURITIES
1. Confidence is attractive
In the movie, Renee Bennett meets her boyfriend Ethan (played by Rory Scovel) in a very unusual way. Under the delusion that she is the most beautiful woman on the planet, Renee believes he is asking for her phone number when in fact he was only asking for her ticket number. We later see how her confident attitude plays out in winning the heart of this man who sees her as an amazing woman because her attitude is attractive.
Another instance in the film where this plays out well is her success landing a job as a receptionist at LeClaire Cosmetics. Filled with attractive model-type women, Schumer’s character seems out of place and in fact is treated as such by the other women. However, her winning attitude and sense of self-worth get her noticed for the right reasons.
What the film is getting right is that the right attitude attracts abundance and success, not labels and a flawless body.
2. All types of women have insecurities
We see this played out in various characters throughout the film: a petite model type with body issues, Renee’s boss feeling underappreciated and incompetent, and Renee herself believing she isn’t beautiful. Even the men are shown to have insecurities in the film.
It’s a good reminder that insecurities affect us all. In fact, most people don’t realize that women with slimmer figures get criticized just as much as larger women, especially in the media.
“I Feel Pretty” points out that we should learn to love our unique bodies instead of allowing it to hold us back.
3. Everything is relative
This point kind of ties in with the last one. Many of our insecurities arise out of comparing our lives to other peoples and feeling like we’re not measuring up to these expectations.
In “I Feel Pretty” Renee is constantly comparing herself to people she perceives as beautiful. As a result, she feels inadequate.
What this teaches us about our insecurities is that it’s all relative. This means that our perception of the world, and ourselves, is shaped by comparisons. We understand our beauty by comparing it to another beauty, and so on. We can only understand how we are succeeding by comparing it to another example.
Our image of ourselves is relative to everything around us.
4. Live according to your values
What Amy Schumer shows us in the film is that our insecurities are self-sabotaging. She always wanted to work upstairs at LeClaire Cosmetics but didn’t because she didn’t feel pretty enough.
A healthier alternative is to discover what you value in life and focus all your energy towards those. Rather than set limitations on yourself, which is detrimental to your self-esteem, be the best version of yourself.
Renee discovers this by the end of the film, but hopefully, you don’t have to go through the same ordeal she did!
5. Surround yourself with friends who bring out your best self
Lastly, the best thing you can do for your self-esteem is to surround yourself with people who bring out your best self.
We see this in the film with Renee’s friends, who loved her for the way she was.
We also see this with Avery Leclaire, who is constantly trying to please her mother, the founder of LeClaire Cosmetics. Despite not understanding the product line and having a baby voice, Renee is kind and supportive of Avery. She brings out the best version of her boss.
INSECURITIES HAPPEN BUT…
The queen of comedy, Amy Schumer, was all of us in “I Feel Pretty”. The movie was completely relatable, and I recommend watching it if you feel like your self-worth isn’t very high, or just for a good laugh.
Everyone has some form of insecurity, but they don’t help us whatsoever!
So what can we do? Live more like Renee Bennett. Quiet that inner voice, that negative self-talk, and do something outside of your comfort zone.
Do you relate to this movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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