When I read the interview with Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and watched her new music video (video below) it brought me to the verge of tears. She was singing about and going through something I know my cheerleaders feel on a daily basis and something I had experienced in my life, especially last year as a professional cheerleader.
There is an intense pressure as a woman (and as a girl) to feel thin enough, pretty enough, and “polished” enough. To never leave the house without makeup or without perfect hair. As a professional cheerleader the pressure is incredibly intense. You are selling an image of beauty, poise, sexiness and above all perfection. Your nails, hair, teeth, skin color, weight, body type, makeup, and clothes must be impeccable on and off the field. You are a representative for a multi-billion dollar corporation and they take your image VERY seriously.