Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ : The Anti-Photoshop Song

When I first came across Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ , I was hooked in an instant!

Aside from its signature Colbie Caillat sound, I was more drawn to Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ music videos. In  both music videos for  Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“   , she  goes divergent by ditching the celebrity stereotype looks.

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“

Colbie Photoshopped and UN-Photoshopped

In the first music video for Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“  , Colbie and seven other ladies start with a salon-finished hair and chic make up while singing on the irony of how to become beautiful. Now as the video progresses, they are all stripped off –the wig, false eyelashes, makeup and what seems to be layers of digital enhancement of their faces . Their natural looks -the lines, the pores, the freckles and other imperfections revealed. Watch this video and be inspired with their amazing transformation!

Metaphorically, each woman in

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“


music video  depicted the so called “women dilemmas” – skin color, body shape, hair style, flawlessness and the dreaded but inevitable AGING. Found a shoe to fit in? I did.

The second video, which is the lyric video,  takes a notch higher by highlighting no-Photoshop and little to no makeup pictures from Colbie Caillat ‘s friends,  fellow musicians and celebrities. Some famous faces who pitched in are   Sara Bareilles, Jessie J, Sheryl Crow, Natasha Bedingfield, Cate Blanchett and some of Today’s show female anchors. Here is how the video interestingly came out..

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“

is perceived to send out an Anti-Photoshop message. To live up to this idea, “ Try “ is part of her new, completely un-Photoshopped album “Gypsy Heart”. Her thoughts on this –Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“

“When I see gorgeous models and singers and they look perfect on their album covers, it makes me want to look like that, too, and it makes me feel like if I don’t Photoshop my skin on my album cover, I’m the one who’s going to look a little off and everyone else is going to look perfect. And that’s what everyone is used to seeing.

They’re used to seeing people on the album covers completely Photoshopped. On one of my album covers, my arm was shaved down and it made me look very skinny. I think that gives a false reality.

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ is a certified womanly inspirational masterpiece, agree?

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ does not intend to batter putting on makeup and beautifying one’s self. Reality bites that most of us women are undeniably and unconsciously to achieve that modelesque-photoshopped look. But sometimes, our natural self is what becomes the un-natural hideous one.

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“

My UN-Photoshopped self while writing this article

Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ with its striking lyrics (see below), strongly speaks that being bare and simple is also beautiful. Most importantly, “ Try “leaves a metaphor   on  loving and appreciating your natural body and self saying –

Take your make up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself

And here goes my most favourite line from
Colbie Caillat‘s “Try“ –                                                  Don’t you like you?                                                     Cause I like you