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John Legend's new music video is one of the most moving things you'll watch today

Laverne Cox in John Legend's "You & I"
Laverne Cox in John Legend's "You & I"
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Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

American treasure John Legend released a stunning music video to his song "You & I (Nobody in the World)" on Thursday.

"You & I" isn't unlike the most popular songs in Legend's discography: it's romantic, Legend's vocals soar, and it feels like it was written from a place of deep honesty. But the star here is the song's music video, which features all types of women — his wife Chrissy Teigen, Laverne Cox, and stand-up comic Tig Notaro are some that I recognized — simply posing in front of a mirror:

"You fix your make up, just so / Guess you don’t know, that your beautiful. / Try on every dress that you own," Legend sings.

The video is reminiscent of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" and hints on the sentiments driven home by "#yesallwomen" — it's a declaration to the audience that these women, all women, are beautiful, and each woman has a story, sometimes very painful ones, that we don't see.