Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" video made a massive splash yesterday to the delight of "Harries" everywhere. Since a recent Gucci Beauty preview, I've become a fan –watched a bunch of BTS stuff, including interviews and videos, and holy bananas, Handsome Harry has crazy charisma, talent and common sense. And self-awareness. Maybe a little surprising in a good-looking kid who hit mega-fame overnight at 16 on "X-Factor" with the birth of One Direction. Harry is 26 now; Watermelon Sugar is the fourth vid from his second solo release, Fine Line. (Yep, got it on repeat. And most of his debut album too. If you haven't heard any of his post-1D stuff and assume it's at all boy-band, you're so wrong. I was. Now I'm geeking out like a Durannie.)
Back to the new Watermelon Sugar video. Most people are talking about what Harry means by "that watermelon sugar high". If you don't know or suspect – "this video is dedicated to touching," hello – Refinery 29 states things a titch more baldly than I'm prepared to. *grin*
(I can, however, at least confirm it's not about this sweet watermelon salad nor watermelon manicure from the Beautygeeks archives.)
Others can't decide whether to be tortured or soothed by the sight of sun-warmed skin sliding over sun-warmed skin, frolicking in the sea-foam, and an orgy of watermelon with Harry, sunglasses and all.
Me, I'd like to point out the pleasant diversity in the Watermelon Sugar video. Sure, lots of gorgeous, bikini-clad young women, but there are also two other men, as well as lovely variety in skintones and some body diversity, too.
The spotlight falls a lot on slender limbs and torsos of course, but among the sleek beach babes are a couple of sexy, curvy girls. Not especially large, but curvy, and considered plus-size by the fashion world.
Then there's Harry himself, with a sweet pink manicure and all those rings. He wears pearls and a yellow floral better than any being anywhere, and how does he make a shorty-sweater à la second-hand-shop look sexy?
(I'm kind of bummed that I'm not 20 years younger. Not that I could "get" Harry – I'd just sound less creepy, is all.)
Anyway, here you are if you haven't already watched it 374 times since it debuted:
Without shame, I'm going on record that I'd happily be quarantined with Harry Styles. There, I said it. Only my singing voice is so awful, and my sing-along-restraint just as bad, that I'd make his ears bleed inside 12 seconds after a verse starts.
Thoughts about the happy-happy-joy-joy song? video? casting? Styles?
And anyone else craving something watermelon right now? I mean beauty-wise. I can do a separate watermelon-beauty post, or just leave you with the shoppity-links below. Let me know, 'k? xoxo