German singer-songwriter Zoe Wees grew up in Hamburg suffering with epilepsy. The syndrome made her self-conscious and caused her to feel excluded by others. Wees wrote this self-love anthem to send a message of solidarity to girls around the world who are feeling the pressures of society.
It's hard for girls like us
We don't know who we trust
Not even the ones we love
'Cause they don't know
"'Girls Like Us' is about anyone struggling with themselves every day," Wees told Apple Music. "It was the hardest feeling to grow up in a world that feels like it doesn't accept you. With this song, I finally started to see my inner beauty."
Wees penned the tune with songwriter Hight (Tom Walker's "My Way," Gabrielle Aplin's "Waking Up Slow"), and with producers Patrick Pyke Salmy, Ricardo Munoz, and Nicolas Rebscher. She said writing "Girls Like Us" brought on a shift in perspective: though the songstress will never match up to society's impossible beauty standards, inside she's still beautiful.
"This session felt like some kind of transformation," Wees recalled. "I remember telling one of my co-writers how unbelievably worthless I felt. And I remember him saying, 'Zoe, start to see yourself with the eyes of your loved ones.' That actually changed my whole life."
The song's visual shows both sides of Zoe Wees; the confident artist she hopes to become, and a teenage girl still easily knocked down by other people's cruel comments. She explained: "This video is that pain, but also the drumbeat for the empowerment I feel."