PINK, one of the world’s most iconic badass rock star delivered a heart breaking yet empowering speech at the recently held MTV Video Music Awards that broke the Internet.
“We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people change and see more kinds of beauty.”
It is not common to see celebrities use their acceptance speech to spread awareness on a particular issue or a political stand, but it is perhaps one of the most notable ones we’ve had in a while. Pink is seen delivering a heart warming tale about her conversation with her 6-year-old daughter, Willow.
She went on to narrate the conversation they had when she was driving her daughter to school :
“[Willow] said to me, out of the blue, ‘I’m the ugliest girl I know,’” said Pink. After asking her to clarify, Willow responded by telling her mom she looks like a boy with long hair. This led Pink to create a PowerPoint presentation (yes, really).
“In that presentation were androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth,” Pink continued (included were Prince, Michael Jackson, and Janis Joplin, among others). “[They’re] probably made fun of every day of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us,” Pink continued.
She then told her daughter—who thinks her mother is beautiful—that people make fun of her for “looking like a boy” or being too strong and masculine.
“I said to her, ‘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.’”
“We don’t change,” Pink told Willow. “We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people change and see more kinds of beauty.”
Talk about one hell of a body positive lesson you tell your children, a true embodiment of how a mom should help in forging her daughter’s view of herself! Willow is really lucky to have her.
I say this on behalf of all mothers out there and women, that we do need positive reinforcements like this to ensure that our children will get to grow up loving themselves for who they are.
Here is a link to the powerful message delivered by PINK: