P!nk told a heartfelt story about an experience with her 6-year-old daughter, Willow at the VMAs.
Willow had raised the distressing notion that she was ugly. Willow felt she looked “like a boy with long hair.”
P!nk inspired her daughter by showing her photos of rock stars and artists who were probably made fun of every day of their life. She said they carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. Her list of stars included Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, George Michael and Elton John.
P!nk said “When people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions, or my body is too strong. And I said, do you see me growing my hair? ‘No, Mama.’ Do you see my 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.’ So baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel and a shell, and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”