Real Talk 28th August 2017 by Grace McGettigan
Pink Dedicated Her VMA Speech To Her 6-Year-Old Daughter And It’s Heart-Wrenching
The little girl had previously opened up about feeling "ugly".
Pink was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at last night’s VMAs, and she dedicated her inspiring speech to her six-year-old daughter, Willow, who was experiencing body confidence issues.
“I know we don’t have a lot of time,” she began, “but if I may tell you a quick story… Recently, I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me out of the blue, ‘Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair’.”
“And my brain went to ‘Oh my god, you’re six, where is this coming from?’, but I didn’t say anything, and instead I went home and I made a PowerPoint presentation for her.
“And in that presentation were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth and are probably made fun of every day of their lives and carry on, and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us.
“These are artists like Michael Jackson, David bowie, Freddie Mercury, Annie Lennox, Prince, Janis Joplin, and George Michael, Elton John — so many artists.”
“But then I said, I really wanna know why you feel this way about yourself. And she said, ‘Well, I look like a boy,’ and I said, ‘Well, what do you think *I* look like?’
“And she said, ‘Well, you’re beautiful.’ And I said, ‘Well thanks, but when people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say I look like a boy, that I’m too masculine, I have too many opinions, my body is too strong…
“And I said to her, “Do you see me growing my hair?” She said, ‘No mama’. I said, “Do you see me changing my body?” ‘No, mama’. “Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?” ‘No, mama’.
Then Pink said to her daughter, “Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world? ‘Yes, mama.’
“So, baby girl, we don’t change. 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.
“And you, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.”
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