07/11/2016 02:53 EDT | Updated 07/11/2016 02:59 EDT

Alessia Cara's 'Scars To Your Beautiful' Video Is All About Self-Love And Acceptance

Alessia Cara wants us all to know we're beautiful, no matter what anyone else says.

The 20-year-old unapologetic Canadian songstress has just released her music video for her latest single, "Scars To Your Beautiful," and it stars a diverse group of individuals — transgender models, cancer survivors and more — sharing their stories on how they've embraced their beauty.


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"I wanted to do this kind of video for a very long time," the "Here" singer told "I wanted all kinds of people — young, old, whatever their situation, whether it's visible scars, non-visible scars — just a bunch of different women, and there are some men in there as well, because it can reach out to guys too. But I wanted real shots of real people telling their stories, and showing the story through little vignettes."

And there are a few familiar faces spotted in the vid — Toronto-born model Siobhan Atwell, Toronto-based model/stylist, Rejh Lorenzo Cabrera and singer JoJo.

According to Alessia, it was important to include Jojo, a "public figure," in the vid so people can realize "public figures have these insecurities too."

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"They're always in the spotlight and they may seem like they have it all together, but they don't always have it all together, you know? It's actually very difficult to be in the public and to be a female and to feel confident every day with all the social media and all these opinions of people," she told

The powerful anthem, which has lyrics such as, "You should know you're beautiful just the way you are / And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart / No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful," is, as Cara puts it, a "reminder that beauty isn't only one look, shape, size or colour. It isn't even always tangible. It comes in an endless amount of forms and we need to recognize that."


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You can watch the empowering video above.

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