Three Miles Lost, the all-female a cappella group at HWS, released a music video on YouTube performing “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé. After a successful crowd funding campaign last spring, the group recorded the audio for the video at the sled Dog ROC studio in West Henrietta, N.Y., and filmed the video footage in downtown Geneva and along Seneca Lake.
The a cappella rendition was arranged by Nick Bombicino and filmed by Bree von Bradsky ’16 in the spring of 2016. The project was inspired by the momentum of last year’s group of singers who raised awareness around sexual assault on college campuses by releasing a cover of Lady Gaga’s original song “Til it Happens to You.” After thousands of people shared their video on social media, including Lady Gaga, the group decided to continue to use music as a medium to raise awareness around important issues.
Their rendition of “Pretty Hurts” features every member of Three Miles Lost, showing “that no one’s value can be reduced to their external appearance.” In the artistic statement with their release, Three Miles Lost says, “Far too frequently children are taught they need to look a certain way; they need to play a certain part; they need to fit the mold that society has so carefully sculpted. Unfortunately, this skewed reality is hard to unsee once learned… With our voices we have the power to change this dialogue and ultimately change the way we all view ourselves and view one another.”
The 2016 members of Three Miles Lost include: Jessica Bishop ’16, Tora Bonnier ’16, Erica McLaughlin ’16, Danielle Mueller ’16, Lucy Carr ’17, Victoria Martin ’17, Christine Moloney ’17, Natalie Bishop ’18, Maggie Maloy ’18, Hannah Wood ’18, Natalie Young ’18, Kelsie Berry ’19 and Rachel Irizarry ’19.