The answer to that is all women, and Female-rock group The MRS. is on a mission to spread that message of empowerment and self worth to women all of over the world, one look in the mirror at a time.
Originating from Texas, The MRS. is striving to change the way women view themselves when they see their reflections in the mirror. Often bogged down by the multi-faceted responsibilities of life, many of us don’t feel so confident in ourselves.
The MRS. has created a concept called the magic mirror, a challenge to women to look in the mirror and say and see positive things about themselves, while encouraging family and friends to simultaneously uplift the women in their lives. We caught up with band founder and drummer Andra Liemandt to take a closer look.
Q: Where did the ideas for the “Magic Mirror” and “I’m Enough” originate? The lyrics to our song “Enough” came from the realization that as women, we each experience challenging times where we feel we’re letting ourselves and/or those around us down. As mothers, wives, and friends with very busy lives, we tend to be self-critical about our perceived shortcomings. In realizing that other women share these same concerns and also have a critical inner voice, we wanted to make these negative thoughts, fears, and insecurities STOP! So we set out on a mission to change the way women see themselves when they look in the mirror.
Q: Tell us more about the creation of the talking “magic mirror.” How does it work, and how can women everywhere create their own magic mirror? We created The Mrs. Magic Mirror as a way for women to see themselves from a different perspective. We can’t give away the magic behind the mirror, but we can say that every woman who visits The Mrs. Magic Mirror experiences an individualized transformation. For those who aren’t able to visit the mirror firsthand, we introduced The Mrs. Magic Mirror App as a way for women to band together and make others feel like they’re “enough” (by sending “Enoughies”) when they most need the encouragement. Every mirror can be a magic mirror if we can convince women to speak to themselves with compassion and kindness.
Q: How much of yourself and your personal experiences are reflected in your music? Music is really personal for all of us as a band. For some of us, it has been a lifelong passion, and for others (myself included), it has become a new passion as we give ourselves permission to try something new later in life. One of the reasons we all came together is that we desire to create meaningful music with a purpose—music that connects with real women who can relate to the true-life experiences of motherhood, relationships, careers, marriages, and friendships. It’s intensely personal when we write lyrics together, because our messages matter as much as the topics and music. After all, we are a band on a mission!
Q: How do you think your music transcends various ages and demographics, class, and socioeconomic differences to inspire a broad audience of women? I think our “I’m Enough” movement resonates with so many people because our message of self-acceptance is universal. People want to feel good about themselves. Our music helps women to see how others see them—their inner beauty, their positive attributes, their strengths, their goodness, and so much more. As women, we’re always doing so much for other people, and often times we tend to put our own needs and priorities aside. The Mrs. Magic Mirror represents a place for women to see their true reflections…the way others see them and to realize that they are indeed, ENOUGH just the way they are.
Q: If there was one thing you could go back in time and tell your 16-year-old self, what would it be? I feel very blessed to have supportive parents, and I clearly remember my mom encouraging me to “remain true to who you are.” Those words helped me during many teenage challenges, and I hope that I’m giving my young daughters the same sense of value. It’s so easy for girls (and even women) to get wrapped up in the opinions of others, or even let their own self worth be defined by it. We want to change that!
Q: How was the experience of being featured on shows like The Queen Latifah Show, Good Morning America, and Univision? Being able to share our “I’m Enough” message on a national platform was beyond exciting for us. It is motivating for us to know that our message is bigger than a band and bigger than a mirror—that it’s universal. This experience has solidified our commitment to continue to share our message of self-acceptance and quiet inner critics everywhere—one voice at a time.
Q: What can we be expecting from The Mrs. in the near future? Following 5 million viral views of our “I’m Enough” video in multiple languages, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of requests for The Mrs. Magic Mirror to visit cities all over the world from people who want their loved ones to share in this unique experience. So we’ve been bringing it to venues across the country where people can experience it first hand. To help us keep up with the mirror demands, we’ve created “The Mrs. Magic Mirror” App that allows people to send loving and supportive messages to the people that mean the most to them. The Mrs. Magic Mirror app is free to download on Apple iTunes. Furthermore, we have a debut EP in the works, and we’re participating in many exciting events this year. To learn more, visit www.TheMrs.com.
Photo by The MRS.
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