The song was written by Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair in late 2010. The title possibly references the Bible verse Proverbs 31:30, "Beauty is false and favor is empty, but a woman that is in awe of Lord Jehovah, she will be praised", as there is a lot of religious symbolism in the music video.
Titanic describes the song as being about girls who "think they're hot shit, when they ain't shit" in an interview with FearlessRadio. Some fans theorize that the song was actually written by Argo about Titanic cheating on her in 2009, an event that would eventually play a part in their 2014 breakup.
In 2016, the song was commonly misconceived by new fans of Argo to be about the viral YouTube star, Poppy, who worked with Titanic after his breakup with Mars. This was proven false though, as Poppy hadn't met either of them before 2014, and the song was produced by Titanic.
A new version of the song produced by Johnny K was recorded and confirmed by Titanic in a 2012 tweet. However, it was never released due to the cancellation of the band's second album. The remix is believed by some to be the instrumental that plays briefly at the beginning of "Everybody Wants it All".
Johnny K remix
Music VideoThe official music video for the song was released on August 28, 2012. It was directed by Titanic Sinclair.
The video features a scene with Mars sitting on a bed while an unknown couple sleeps in it, which has visually been compared by some to the music video for "Primadonna" by Marina and the Diamonds, which was released earlier in 2012. Certain scenes display Mars carrying a gasoline tank, which she would later use to light a doll on fire. The final shot of the video is a reversed clip of Mars submerging herself in a pool of water.
Behind the scenes photos
- ↑ "Mars Argo - Fearless Radio Interview". YouTube. February 17, 2012. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- ↑ @titanicsinclair (May 19, 2012). "'Beauty is Empty' remix about to hit dem skreetz." Twitter. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- ↑ "Beauty is Empty (Concept Demo Acoustic)". June 10, 2018. SoundCloud. Retrieved August 2, 2018.