Did you watch the VMAs on Sunday? There were tons of awesome moments (like Taylor Swift’s new music video – OMG – I’ll have to get to that another time), but one thing in particular really resonated with me.
After being honored with this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, P!nk gave an emotional speech that she dedicated to her six-year-old daughter, Willow. If you haven’t seen it, you need to stop what you’re doing and watch it RIGHT NOW. I made it easy for you and embedded the YouTube video above :)
In the speech, P!nk recalls her young daughter telling her that she thinks of herself as ugly. When P!nk asks why she thinks that, she says, “I look like a boy with long hair.”
Ugh, that’s so devastating to hear. But leave it to a powerwoman like P!nk to turn this into a necessary teaching moment. Mama P!nk explains that she’s been called very similar things. “They say that I look like a boy, or I am too masculine, too many opinions, my body is too strong.” But she refuses to change herself. And guess what?
That is EXACTLY WHY she’s a rockstar.
She ends with, “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.”
This message is so empowering and important to hear, not only for children, but for us as adults too! I think it’s easy to get stuck in one way of thinking. We compare ourselves to what we see on TV, on magazines, on Instagram. We continue to get down on ourselves when we put our everyday lives up against other people’s most glamorous versions. Remember that – VERSIONS.
What P!nk did for her daughter was something I wish we did for all girls. And all boys. And all people who feel as if they don’t fit in for whatever reason. No one should have to be made fun of or feel bad for the way they look.
I know exactly what that feels like. And even to THIS DAY, I still can recall how painful it was when the other kids made fun of my weight in school. Though my weight had NOTHING to do with what I’d built inside, somehow being called fat made me lose all my confidence.
Everyone reading this post right now – let’s make a vow to teach children and adults that they are SO MUCH MORE than how they look. Compliment someone today. Make someone smile. We need more positivity. Know that you have the POWER to create it.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful words, P!nk. I took them to heart. I am so happy your speech is going viral today.
Did you watch her speech? What did you guys think?