I love Pink. I love her music, I love her honesty, I love her rawness. And she is an awesome mom, an example of parenting at its best.
She has a gender non-conforming daughter. I guess you can call her that. She likes to dress in boys clothes, suit and tie. And she has long hair, in pictures worn in braids. She is really a beautiful child.
Pink recently won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and shared a message of love, acceptance, hope and fierceness for her daughter in her acceptance speech. She shared that her daughter told her she was the ugliest girl she knew. Just hearing that broke my heart. Where does she get that idea anyway? From someone’s ideas of cultural norms? Has she been bullied at school? I don’t know but as someone who felt that way myself as a child, it makes me so sad to hear a beautiful, young child feel that way about herself.
Pink herself has been body shamed in the past and I imagine she knew exactly how her daughter felt. And she knew the perfect response as well.
She made a PowerPoint presentation for her daughter. Who does that! She included pictures of beautiful people who don’t conform to “social norms” in their appearance: Michael Jackson, Elton John, George Michael. What I loved best is what she said, “Baby girl, we don’t change. We help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”
Here is the video of her acceptance speech. I hope you are awed by her as I was.