I hate breast implants. With a passion. I find them disingenuous and unfair. I feel the same about most forms of plastic surgery, but breasts implants are anathema.
“Real Woman,” a ladies’ night anthem by Natalia Cappuccini, is right up my alley. Natalia, a 2008 newcomer with only a handful of released singles, opens the song with a computerized voice combining the words “woman” and “mannequin.” She proceeds to rap and sing about the “womannequin” phenomenon, rejecting standards of female beauty for herself and her audience.
The song’s lyrics are strong throughout, but the first verse has the most concrete examples and memorable lines (“But my legs ain’t long like Tyra Banks’ / Doctor, what can you do for me?”) The beat is fit for the dance floor, the message powerful and clear. Aesthetically, I have no problems with this single.
The biggest issue with “Real Woman” is, ironically, Natalia herself. For all her insistence of rejecting female beauty standards, Natalia is a lot hotter than the average woman. Critics complain that, in order to be true, the song should be sung by a REAL “Real Woman,” perhaps one who doesn’t wear makeup or have a flat stomach. Furthermore, Natalia sings about how attractive she is to men, regardless of not being a “clone.” Must women base their self-worth on the attentions of men?, the critics chirp.
These arguments are greater than I can tackle in a single blog post. However, here’s my quick and dirty response.
Judging by her appearance (which I’m guessing is something I shouldn’t do, given the content of the song), Natalia is aiming at a target audience of preteen girls. In that case, I accept her Hollywood physique. It is economically unfeasible to be overweight or plain-looking in the entertainment industry. Furthermore, puberty is awkward and awful, and I’m not about to withdraw any positive messages for young girls just because those messages are brought by role models who look like runway models.
Bottom line? If Natalia, in her precious four minutes of air time on the radio, can start to bridge the gap between being beautiful and being smart, more power to her. You go, girl.