Inspiring message for her daughter and for everyone!

Beautiful words…

At the MTV awards show, Pink was recognized with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her sizable artistic contributions and influence on the music scene over the years.

She then recounted a day when, as she drove her daughter to school, Willow said, “I’m the ugliest girl I know. … I look like a boy with long hair.”

That’s a heartbreaking thing for any mother to hear, and Pink’s first thought—of course—was to defend her daughter. “My brain went to, ‘Oh my god, you’re six, where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old’s a—?’” she said, before continuing:

But I didn’t say anything, and instead I went home and I made a PowerPoint presentation for her, and in that presentation, there were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on, and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. These are artists like Michael Jackson, and David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John, so many artists.
Pink then told her daughter that she, too, had been called a boy many times in her life. She explained: “When people make fun of me, that’s what they use—they say I look like a boy or that I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions or my body is too strong and I said to [Willow], ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, Mama.’ Do you see me changing my body? ‘No, Mama.’ Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world? ‘No, Mama.’ Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world? ‘Yes, Mama.’”

She left the audience with an important lesson—which was directed at her daughter, but should be required listening for everyone.

“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl,” she said. “We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. And to all of the artists here, I am so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves. And for lighting the way for us.”

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