“I was just writing, with many inspirations along with my own real experiences, which is kind of what I always do with my writing, I just exaggerate everything and add in some little sprinkles of magic.
For some reason things like “beautiful” and “pretty”, I feel have been so directed towards females, which I don’t understand, because, it’s not just hot [?]. I have seen so many very pretty boys and we have always thought about incorporating that in a song.
It was kind of the perfect moment to finally make that idea we had had for years, really come alive. I try my best to keep it as spontaneous as possible. I have noticed that the more inspired I am to do something, the more quickly it flows out, probably the more I like that piece. I don’t know why, I literally just kept it on a loop and I just wrote lines., and I think that’s what keeps it so magical because I keeps the first thing that popped in my mind. I think that keep that like weird spark still in there. It’s like perfume. You know how they say, if you don’t smell anymore, don’t keep spraying it on, just ‘cause your nose is getting used to it. It’s kind of like that, like, you don’t want to get it used to it and then have people like uhh!
Honestly, I am very proud of the one line: “If you want it to say something, you would say you’d promise me” [I remember we really stuck on that, and that was like a spur of the moment adlib, that for some reason like worked so perfect and we like both freaked out. “ (Grace Vanderwaal Breaks Down Her song 'Ur So Beautiful', Rolling Stone Oct. 3, 2019)
“This song is romantic but it’s also empowering — it can be directed at anything or anyone,” Grace explained. “’Beautiful’ is always used in feminine terms, but when I wrote this song it was originally about a guy…but it’s also kind of a note to self… a song to boost your confidence. Like, I know I’m beautiful… don’t I know that? I always try to hide it but then when I’m alone and am looking in my bathroom mirror, I know I’m beautiful. I’m good enough. I hope everyone feels that.” (Press release, quoted on Idolator.com July 1, 2019)
Sophie B. Hawkins shares credits for this song because it contains an interpolation of her song "Damn I Wish I Was Yir Lover"