If there’s one think Pink has made unapologetically clear over the course of her 17 years in the music business, it’s that she never has and never will conform to archetypal standards of femininity and beauty. And on Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards, she shared how she’s urging her daughter, Willow Sage, to do the same, even at the young age of 6.
As she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Pink shared with the crowd that Willow told her mom out of the blue, “I’m the ugliest girl I know,” and “I look like a boy with long hair.”
Pink, 37, said she didn’t have a response at the time but later made a PowerPoint presentation to prove to her daughter the many successful androgynous rock stars who lived their truth, including David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin and, of course, herself.
“You’re beautiful,” Pink told her daughter, according to People. “When people make fun of me they say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I’m too outspoken. And I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair? Do you see me changing my body? Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’”
“Baby girl, we don’t change,” she continued, personally addressing her daughter, who was in attendance with Pink’s husband, Carey Hart. “We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty…. And you, my darling girl, are beautiful, and I love you.”
In addition to selling out arenas worldwide, Pink’s latest VMA award adds to her already-bountiful collection of Grammys, past VMAs and Billboard Music Awards. The artist is also set to release her first album in five years, “Beautiful Trauma,” on October 13, with her single “What About Us?” being heralded as the singer’s latest anthem of empowerment. As Pink performed the song at the VMAs, her daughter sang along to every word. Adorable!
Pink isn’t the only female celebrity taking care of the example she is setting: Padma Lakshmi recently talked about how she refuses to obsess about her weight for the sake of her daughter.