We already know John Legend knows how to write a love song. But in his new video, “You and I (Nobody In The World)” Legend does something even more moving – he shows that beauty comes in many different packages.
In the video, which Legend only briefly appears in with wife Chrissy Teigen, women and girls of all ages, backgrounds and races are shown in various stages of life – graduating, practicing for job interviews, being loved, dealing with cancer, getting married and sometimes just looking at themselves.
In a world that often finds women wanting just the way they are, Legend’s video is affirmation that women are wonderful just being themselves. Transgender woman Laverne Cox, the newly-minted Emmy Award nominee for Orange is the New Black makes a cameo.
Legend said he wrote the song with his wife in mind, but in writing it, thought about what women have to go through.
“When I wrote this song I was thinking about when Chrissy and I go on date night,” he told a concert audience.
“Sometimes there’s all this pressure to look so good. This song is just letting her know that even before all of the makeup and all those fancy clothes, she’s already perfect in my eyes.”