If anyone were to tell her that she is the creator of her own destiny, the eighteen-year old, sassy multiracial Maltese singer would flash them a blinding smile. For she is. She is Destiny and since her debut in 2015 she has wowed audiences as she vowed not to be kept back by societal prejudices or preconceptions. It therefore comes as no surprise that Malta’s catchy entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, sung with panache and éclat, has roots in Destiny’s own self-concept.
Je Me Casse is a phrase which is the French equivalent of the American ‘I’m outta here’ or the more British ‘Drop dead’. The lyrics of the song are telling. They describe a shrewd woman, confident in her own skin and achievements, telling a would-be predatorial manipulator to shove off. “So if I show some skin, Doesn’t mean I’m giving in” sings Destiny. This is a particularly poignant phrase. With the media drumming out messages of self-acceptance, being comfortable in one’s own skin, societal norms frequently give this message the lie. On the one hand we have models in skimpy clothing, looking gorgeous and alluring. On the other we have male predatory attitudes who interpret the layers of clothing as an overture to more intimate behaviour. So Destiny points out in her song and she is quite straight forward about it. Such behaviour earns the perpetrator a swift Je Me Casse. Because for Destiny, as it is for ladies her age, female empowerment is about living life on their terms.
Destiny had every reason, in terms of community pressure to feel insecure. In a society where Size Zeros reign, she said Je Me Casse and triumphed. In a society where bi-racial people were unusual, to say the least, she said Je Me Casse and wowed not only Malta but also the redoubtable Simon Cowell. For Destiny, empowerment is not a word, it is a lifestyle. That is why, her Je Me Casse rings so true.