Pink was the recipient of this year’s Video Vanguard Award at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The 37-year-old singer has given us many emotional, inspiring hits like Just Give Me a Reason, So What, Perfect and her new song What About Us.
However it was Pink’s emotional acceptance speech, that was truly inspiring. After being given the Moon Person by her close friend Ellen DeGeneres, the pop star told a story about when she was driving her six-year-old daughter, Willow to school.
“She said to me out of the blue, ‘Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know,’ ” Pink said. “And I said, ‘Huh?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.’ And my brain went to, ‘Oh my God, you’re six. Where is this coming from? Can I kick a six-year old’s ass?”
Pink didn’t respond to this. Instead, she went home and made Willow a PowerPoint presentation of “androgynous rock stars” such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince, Annie Lennox, Freddie Mercury and Elton John.
“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.”
Pink, however, was still wondering why her daughter thought of herself that way.
“I said, ‘When people make fun of me, that’s what they use: They say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions or that my body is too strong,” Pink said. “And I said, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ And 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.”
“So, baby girl, we don’t change,” she continued. “We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.”
Pink’s upcoming seventh album “Beautiful Trauma” is set to come out on October 13.