WATCH — I’m not Pretty singer Jessia talks beauty, TikTok and more

Ainara Alleyne
Story by Ainara Alleyne and CBC Kids News • 2022-06-17 06:00

Jessia won the 2022 Juno Award for breakthrough artist

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Canadian singer-songwriter Jessia has had a whirlwind year.

In December 2021, after posting the chorus of a song on TikTok, the video went viral, with more than 11 million plays.

So she wrote the rest of the lyrics to the song and called it I’m not Pretty.

Quickly, Jessia was launched into the spotlight: Billboards, record deals and even Juno wins.

The song has had more than 100 million streams on Spotify.

But the pop star said she hasn’t been able to stop and celebrate all that success with fans.


It all happened in the middle of the pandemic, when crowds were online instead of in stadiums.

Jessia quickly launched into stardom. Her face and music were everywhere, including on billboards in Toronto, above, and even New York City. (Image credit: Jessiamusic/Instagram)

“I came up in a pandemic,” Jessia told CBC Kids News contributor Ainara Alleyne.

“So a lot of people are just like names on a screen. And I want them to be real human beings.”

Now that we can all do more, Jessia said she looks forward to playing live shows this summer.

What I’m not Pretty is about

I’m not Pretty speaks to being empowered and loving your body.

The lyrics are about loving yourself even when you “feel like garbage.”

After her smash hit on TikTok, record companies took notice and Jessia was signed to Republic Records. (Image credit: Jessiamusic/Instagram)

It’s about knowing you’re pretty “no matter how, what you're feeling that day,” Jessia said.

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Watch the Vibe Check below to hear more about Jessia’s plans once the pandemic ends, her dream collabs and what message she would say to her younger self.

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Ainara Alleyne
Ainara Alleyne
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ainara Alleyne is a Grade 7 student from Hamilton, Ontario. She has a passion for social justice, reading, anime, cosplay and all things BTS. At 10, she started an Instagram account where she highlights books for young people whose authors and main characters are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, differently-abled or under-represented. She believes that by experiencing other cultures and perspectives through books, we can not only acknowledge our differences, but be able to understand and embrace them.

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