So, What's a Superchic[k], Anyway?
It's taken a long time, but Melissa Brock is finally getting over her chubby ankles.
Not that they ever were that chubby. But that's what one guy told her when she was 15. Melissa was devastated.
"I felt terrible," she says. "I starved myself for months. When I looked in the mirror, I only saw the person with the chubby ankles."
No more. Today, when Melissa looks in the mirror, she sees a Superchic[k]—which is also the name of the band she fronts with her younger sister Tricia.
Calling itself "just your average girl-fronted, pop-punk, hip-hop, disco-funk, garage band with something to say," Superchic[k] wants students to fully grasp God's great love.
That's what Melissa needed to do.
"I struggled with self-image in high school," says Melissa, who plays guitar. "I didn't feel beautiful or talented. I struggled with weight. I looked at myself and I didn't see anything good."
But now she does.
"I'm finally starting to understand that it's about who you are in Christ, recognizing the beauty he has created," Melissa says. "Because of God's acceptance, I can accept myself, knowing he has created something special."
Tricia, the group's lead singer, is tall, thin and a knockout who'd look just as good on the cover of a glamour zine as on a CD. So when she talks onstage about self-image, some eyebrows in the audience might go up. Tricia can almost hear them thinking, "Yeah, right." But she quickly puts that to rest.
"I've never dealt with the weight thing," she says. "I've always been thin. But we all deal with something. For me, it was acne. I felt like everyone was looking at me, and I felt so ugly. I still wake up some days and feel ugly. And that's when I have to say, 'God, all that matters is what I am in your eyes.'"
So, what's it mean to actually be a Superchic[k]? Says Melissa, "It's getting to that place where you're secure in who you are, and you're secure in God."
What Guys Really Want
There's more to Superchic[k] than Melissa and Tricia. Six guys make up the rest of the band, and they've got something important to say too:
An Open Letter to Girls, from the boys of Superchic[k]
I'm sure most of you have figured out that the sexier you dress, the more attention you get. But even though that attention can feel good, it's really not good for you. Everyone deserves to be loved, not lusted over. When you dress to impress, guys notice, but when you try to live a life that's honoring to Christ, a whole different set of guys notice. You just can't tell, 'cause they're not going to look you up and down. Instead of thinking about you with no clothes on, they're thinking about you in your wedding dress. Instead of one night of sex, they're thinking about what it would be like to grow old with you. Instead of wondering if you're a cheap date, they wonder if you're gonna be a good mom.
So if you're feeling left out 'cause you don't show off your body, you don't date yet, or if you're thinking about taking it a little easier on us guys by dressing a touch more conservatively, I promise you're going to get noticed. In fact, I can name at least five skateboarding, guitar playing, skydiving, motorcycle riding, snowboarding, rock climbing guys in this band who are going to think you're the bomb.
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