One of the most memorable moments from the 2017 MTV VMAs was Pink’s inspiring speech to her daughter Willow. After accepting the Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres, the popstar used her moment in the spotlight to further teach her six-year-old the importance of self-acceptance.
The 37-year-old singer opened her speech with a story about her daughter feeling ugly because she looks like “a boy with long hair.” Instead of being angry, the musician explained that she put together a PowerPoint presentation to show Willow stories of androgynous performers—like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Janice Joplin—who "live their truth and are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us."
The GRAMMY award winner went on to share that her appearance and attitude have been criticized throughout her entire career. But has she let it bring her down? Absolutely not, "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,” she said, continuing to speak to Willow, "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."
The Video Vanguard is an award given to performers who’ve made influential contributions to film and music, and Pink is certainly one such performer. She picked up the trophy after delighting the audience with an epic performance of some of her biggest hits from her 17-year long career.