Pink promotes self-acceptance in moving speech at MTV VMAs

Pop star Pink used her voice to preach a powerful message about self-acceptance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The singer — who received the Vanguard lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s ceremony — shared a story about how her 6-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, recently told her she thought she was the “ugliest” little girl she knows, and that she looks like “a boy with long hair.”

Pink then made a power presentation featuring a series of androgynous musical artists — including Prince, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury — to show her daughter that she should never feel the need to change who she is.

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Pink, her husband Carey Hart and their daughter Willow at the VMAs.

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She also told her daughter some of the cruel things that people have said about her in the past.

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“They say that I look like a boy, or I am too masculine, or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong,” Pink said. “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 out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, mama.’ That’s right.”

“So, baby girl, we don’t change, we take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl,” Pink said. “We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.”

Pink, 37, and her husband, Carey Hart, also have an infant son named Jameson Moon Hart, who was born last December.

The singer’s speech was one of many moments of social commentary at the show, with others including Paris Jackson denouncing the neo-Nazis and white nationalists at the center of the violence in Charlottesville, Kesha making a statement about suicide prevention, and Heather Heyer’s mother and a descendent of Robert E. Lee coming on stage to denounce racism.

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