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Last night’s Video Music Awards were filled with a lot of memorable moments, but as working moms, the one that stood out the most to us was courtesy of Pink. After going on stage to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is given to artists in recognition of accomplishments in film and music, she gave an inspirational speech about teaching kids self-acceptance, reports TODAY.
Pink shared that one day, while driving her 6-year-old daughter Willow to school, Willow told her, “I’m the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair.” As we all know, Pink is one tough mom, so she joked about beating up a 6-year-old who might have insulted her daughter.
But instead of leaving it at that, the singer decided to go one step further, doing a whole project to show her daughter why it’s important to be who you are. “I went home and I made a Power Point presentation for her. And in that presentation were androgynous rock stars, artists that lived 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,” Pink said. These stars included Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Prince and George Michael.
She told her daughter she, too, has been mocked for being androgynous. “When people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say that I look like a boy, or I’m too masculine, or I have too many opinions, or my body is too strong.” She then asked her daughter, “Do you see me growing my hair?”
Pink goes on to tell her daughter, “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.”
The singer ended her beautiful speech by thanking the artists in attendance for being themselves and for “lighting the way for us.” Finally she said, “And you, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.”
What a wonderful way to show your kiddo you really care and that beauty isn’t just one narrow set of standards.
As parents, we may not be able to control what happens to our kids or what other people tell them, but we can raise them to have good self-esteem so they’re better able to recover from negative comments. It seems like Pink taught her daughter a very valuable lesson that day: live your truth.
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