Shirley Manson Talks About the Obsession with “Beauty”

Scottish rockchick and all-around badass, Shirley Manson, lead singer of band Garbage took some time during her concert to talk about the craziness of current beauty ideals held up by social media. “We all have to focus a little more on other things other than how we look.”

Garbage at Regent Theatre Melbourne
Garbage at Regent Theatre Melbourne

Expressing her personal frustration about societal pressures to achieve perfection according to narrow notions of what that means, she asked, “Am I the only one who thinks this is insane?!” With the support of the audience, Manson declared, “We believe to be a little weird and a little off-centred and a little flawed and a little fucked up and a little messy is actually a beautiful thing.”

Shirley Manson of Garbage
Shirley Manson of Garbage

She then introduced her next song, Bleed Like Me, a single and the title of their fourth studio album released in 2005. Described as the band’s “philosophy on life”, Bleed Like Me is a song that implores us to understand that although our struggles may differ,  we are all essentially the same.

Garbage in Melbourne 2016
Garbage in Melbourne 2016

Check out excerpt of video from concert on twitter

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