John Legend’s “You and I (Nobody in the World)” premiered today, fighting the good fight for female empowerment.
The video features a handful of famous faces: Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Tatyana Ali, comedian Tig Notaro, and Legend’s own model wife, Chrissy Teigen. Teigen, of course, was the star of Legend’s music video for “All of Me,” a song he famously wrote about her.
Most of the video, however, features normal everyday women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds doing everyday things: a mother plays with her child, a bride gets ready on her wedding day, a little girl gets her ears pierced, an artist paints a self portrait. There are a few touching moments as well: A cancer patient takes off her wig, exposing her bald head, while another reveals her mastectomy scars, tears in her eyes.
But the video ends in smiles; this is about female empowerment, after all. There’s even a companion documentary that details the stories of the myriad women featured in the music video. It’s called When I Look In the Mirror, and in conjunction with Legend’s video, it will help raise awareness for the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, according to E! News. Launched by Legend, RYOT, and Burkle Global Initiative, the campaign aims to bring together the best organizations working toward empowering, educating, and protecting the rights of women and girls. That’s definitely something to sing about.