Houssaynatou @ 'If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka' - being pretty is a BITCH!

What’s it about?

Beauty defined by one person, different from those around her.

My experience.

I'm getting into the swing of seeing black productions with African-American playwrights. I'm just so in love with seeing people who have different variations of my skin tone, with the touch of an African queen. Embracing our race becomes more of a reality each and every day. And I think what sparked that was the day we elected a new president. Eight years of a full black family in the White House made me feel beautiful, admired and, most of all, proud. So yay to the playwrights who are continuing that feeling through their work. I must say this show hits the nail on the head. 

I used to have no idea how beauty could be misinterpreted. I thought the idea of beauty was a one-way street (and pretty self-explanatory), but not in this case. It can be perceived as a curse as opposed to a blessing. I always looked at beauty as a blessing because of how society values it. But often, beauty comes with hate, jealousy, envy, ego and more. In this show, Akim is dubbed the most beautiful girl in the entire town. With a title like that, her parents must preserve her beauty. Therefore, they keep her indoors at all times. With such a strict lifestyle, she yearns for freedom. But the other girls in the town envy and hate her because she has all that beauty and they cannot compare. 

Modeled after the song “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé, the play made me realize that being pretty is a BITCH! Though Akim did have enemies, some girls decided to take it to a whole other level. They disguised themselves as her friends in order to get close to her. And, eventually, they plotted to kill her. When Beyoncé first released “Pretty Hurts,” I thought, why would she have a song like that if she is one of the most beautiful people in the world? This show demonstrated exactly why. It’s because her beauty comes with so many expectations — it’s as if people think she is perfect. And we all should know no one is perfect, even Beyoncé. She is a human being with flaws just like the rest of us. 

Pretty does hurt, and ugly on the other hand is a m****f****. If society views you as ugly, imagine how you view yourself. Beauty starts from within and knowing your worth. I don't consider physical features as the only things that determine beauty — there’re also things like personality and knowledge. I really did enjoy this show and seeing the various faces from all walks of life — young, old, black, white — in the audience. I hope my journey of seeing shows with a black cast and written by black playwrights will continue, because it's a feeling I have never felt before and I don't want it to end. 

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