I Feel Pretty

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"I Feel Pretty" is a song from the 1957 musical West Side Story.


The New York Times explained that "Mr. Sondheim...has said he was never particularly fond of his lyrics in “West Side Story,” especially “I Feel Pretty”", later expressing that “The idea of the song is so simple”.[1]


Maria sings about being happy and feeling beautiful because she's in love.

Critical reception[edit]

Birmingham Mail described the song as "delightful",[2] while The Tab deemed it a "classic".[3] Applause Meter called it "sweetly charming"[4] and VCOnStage called it "operatic".[5]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was mashed up with the song Unpretty by TLC in a Glee episode to create I Feel Pretty/Unpretty, a duet between Rachel and Quinn. It attempts to show the irony is people feeling pretty on the outside but unpretty on the inside.

The song was also covered by Little Richard as part of the 1996 RCA Victor tribute album The Songs of West Side Story.


  1. ^ "Same City, New Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Review: West Side Story at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham - Roz Laws". Birminghammail.co.uk. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Review: West Side Story". Exeter.tab.co.uk. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  4. ^ "West Side Story – Review". Applause-meter.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Theater League’s “West Side Story” – A Revival of Rumbles and Romance". Vconstage.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04.