Cause Cover Girls don’t cry until their face is made.

Alessia Cara sings her empowering song “Scars To Your Beautiful” on Ellen.

At only 20-years-old, Cara knows the industry (and anonymous Internet commentators) can chew you up and spit you out, so she wrote “Scars To Your Beautiful” to battle that negativity.

“It’s basically a song for women… I think in this day and age it’s extremely hard to be a woman,” a fresh-faced Cara tells Ellen after her performance. “Especially with all these exceptions. We’re constantly told on a daily basis, all the time, that we have to look a certain way and if we don’t fit that mold or that standard then we don’t have a right to feel beautiful or love ourselves. I wanted to make a song that spoke out against all of that nonsense and noise and reminds everybody that you don’t need to change for anybody else.”

Watch the performance above and her inspiring message below:

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