The VMAs were held to weeks ago, and unless you are totally out of touch with the real world, you have probably heard of P!nk’s kickass speech accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. If you haven’t, watch and listen to the speech below. It’s too important not to.
Upon accepting her award, she began recounting something that happened to her while taking her daughter to school the other day. Her adorable (and beautiful I might add), six-year-old comes right out and says, “Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know”. P!nk is, as are many of the audience at this point, confused thinking, you’re six, you shouldn’t be worrying about all this yet, who made you think that.
She explains to her daughter that she too is made fun of because “I look like a boy, I am too masculine, I have too many opinions, my body is too strong”. She explains that she is not about to change her body or the way she presents herself to conform to what other people deem as ‘beautiful’ because everyone has their own perception of beauty, whatever that may be. She asks her daughter one final question, that is “Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” and her daughter replies, “Yes, Mama”.
P!nk spoke about something that many people, unfortunately even children from such a young age, are struggling with, and that is the perception of beauty. P!nk’s message was that we don’t need to change the way we are to conform to what society thinks beauty should look like and our success is not based off of physical beauty alone but the beauty within, how you treat people and your own determination and power to achieve something.
Her speech touched the hearts of many people worldwide, which ended: “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.”
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