Laverne Cox Strips Off Her Makeup in John Legend's 'You and I' Video
By Sophie Schillaci
John Legend is all about female empowerment in his latest video.
Legend's "You and I (Nobody In the World)" clip was revealed on Thursday featuring Orange Is the New Black's Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, as well as his own wife in real life, Chrissy Teigen. The video shows a series of women from all walks of life examining themselves in a mirror. The overall theme? You’re all beautiful.
Legend croons on the track: "You fix your make up, just so / Guess you don’t know, that you’re beautiful. / Try on every dress that you own. / You were fine in my eyes, a half hour ago. / If your mirror won’t make it any clearer I’ll / Be the one to let you know / Out of all the girls / You my one and only girl. / Ain’t nobody in the world tonight."
Tatyana Ali, who also appears in the video, tweeted about its release: "Powerful and beautiful. Peep this new @johnlegend video. Blessed to be amongst these amazing women."
For his part, Legend tweeted that he is "proud" of the video. Directed by Mishka Kornai, "You and I" was created via EVERDREAM, a new digital content studio comprised of millennial filmmakers. A companion documentary created in conjunction with the music video explores the different stories behind the various women featured in the music video. The doc, titled "When I look in The Mirror," can be viewed online.
The music video and documentary are meant to act as a platform to raise awareness and increase engagement in the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, aiming to bring together the best organizations in the world focused on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls. More on that here.
Legend is currently traveling the world with is All of Me tour, which will wrap on November 23 in South Africa.