This year, the award for Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard Award went to Pink, and her amazing speech needs to be heard by one and all.
Pink accepted her award and dedicated her speech to body positivity and her daughter, Willow.
“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.’
“And I said, ‘HUH?!’
“And she said, ‘Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.’
“And my brain went to, ‘OMG who said this? Can I kick a six-year-old’s ass?’…
“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 rockstars and artists, that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, but carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us…
“These are artists like Michael Jackson, and David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury…
“But then I said… ‘Well, what do you think I look like?’
“And she said, ‘Well, you’re beautiful!’
“But when people make fun of me, that’s what they use – they say that I look like a boy, or that I’m too masculine, or I have too many opinions, or my body’s 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 our arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, Mama.’
“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people to change, so that they can see more kinds of beauty.
She added, “and YOU my darling girl are beautiful!”
Watch her full speech below
— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017
This woman is so amazing and inspiring!
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