I feel like in honor of International Women’s Day, I should talk about the Neon Lights Tour. It was pretty much the epitome of girl power. I went with a friend this past Wednesday to see the all-girl lineup, headlined by Demi Lovato with Little Mix and Fifth Harmony as opening acts.
Although we felt a little old (I’m 18, I’m not supposed to feel old?!), it was an amazing show. It’s really great to see a successful all-female tour. Just by their pink hair and bright clothes, I could tell the girls around me were hugely influenced by the girls on stage. I’m really happy to see Demi embracing her fame with the younger crowd (I don’t think she’s given nearly enough credit) and using it to create an empowering and body-positive message.
These are just a few of the strong-independent-black-woman-who-don’t-need-no-man songs from the night (I didn’t put any Fifth Harmony on here; despite the fact that I love love love them, I’m still a little heartbroken that we got stuck in an extra hour of traffic and missed their set…) :
1) Salute – Little Mix
Representing all the women / Salute, Salute / You think we’re just pretty things / You couldn’t be more wrong / Standing strong, We carry on / We keep moving up
2) Little Me – Little Mix
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out, / And know that right here, right now, / You can be beautiful, wonderful, / Anything you wanna be (little me)
3) Warrior – Demi Lovato
Now I’m a warrior / Now I’ve got thicker skin / I’m a warrior / I’m stronger than I’ve ever been
The group of middle school girls next to me started crying during Demi’s speech before the song:
“I hear a lot of people tell me that they want recovery. I just want to put it out there to the parents and the teens out there that if you’re struggling with something, you can get help. It’s not impossible. I want to take the taboo and the stigma out of talking about these things, because it happens frequently. People don’t realize that there’s an epidemic going on of self-harm, and it has to stop. And it has to start with you guys. Our generation deserves happiness and health and love. If you decide to take the steps to get better, it will work. Happiness and healthiness is a choice, and I’m living proof of it today.”
What’s your favorite girl power song? And no, you can’t all choose this one.