Singer Pink has delivered an emotional speech about self-image and gender fluidity at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend.
At the ceremony, the singer performed a medley of her hit songs and accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, honouring her career.
On stage, the 37-year-old shared a story about her six-year-old daughter Willow, who she says recently told her that she felt like “the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair.”
Pink explained that she went home and made a PowerPoint presentation to show her daughter, featuring androgynous musicians including Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Annie Lennox, Prince, Janis Joplin, George Michael and Elton John, who she explained all “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.”
She continued: “They say that I look like a boy, or I am too masculine or 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.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes mama.’”
Pink concluded: “Baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. 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.”
Watch Pink’s full speech below:
Heartwarming, powerful speech by Pink to her daughter at the VMAs. Worth a watch. (via MTV) pic.twitter.com/Jbsc01A3Ck
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 28, 2017