Aside from the money and recognition, being a celebrity carries a responsibility to be a role model for the people that follow you. There are quite a few actors and entertainers out there who've used their privileged status for good to help others, and one in particular just inspired millions of people in a pretty awesome way: Pink. The singer recently delivered a powerful message that left pretty much all of us moved.
During this year's #VMAs, Pink received the #MichaelJackson Video Vanguard Award. The songstress used her acceptance speech to deliver a powerful message for her six-year-old daughter, Willow, encouraging her (as well as her legions of fans) to be comfortable with who she is and to never budge to pressure from others:
Here's a transcript of the speech:
"Recently I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue, Mama, I'm the ugliest girl I know. And I said, 'Huh?' And she said, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair...'
I didn't say anything, and instead I went home and I made a Power Point presentation for her. And in that presentation were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us, and these are artists like Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John—so many artists. Her eyes glazed over.
But then I said, 'You know, I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.' And she said, 'Well, I look like a boy.' So I said, 'What do you think I look like?' And she said, 'Well, you’re beautiful.' And I said, 'Well, thanks.' But I said, 'When people make fun of me, that's what they use. They say that I look like a boy, or I'm too masculine, or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong, and I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' 'No, mama.' '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.' Okay. So, baby girl. We don't change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people change so they can see more kinds of beauty."
That was absolutely adorable, and seeing the look on her daughter's face at the end was priceless.
Making An Impact In Her Fans' Lives
Ever since her speech aired, fans have been pouring out their support for her inspiring words, and thanking her for the inspiration:
One user even went as far as to say her speech should be played in schools to educate children:
There's no denying that #Pink has lived by her words throughout her entire career. She may be one of the most successful singers working today, but when she first popped into the scene in the mid-'90s, Pink was dismissed by critics due to her appearance and rough-edged stage persona.
Fortunately, she never backed down and continued her career while being authentic to herself, as she detailed during a 2003 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"Everything in this business is designed to encourage you to play along. They know people are so hungry for stardom that they'll just follow the record industry game. I know because I was ready to do anything when I started out. But I found that selling records wasn't enough. I told myself after the first record that I'd rather go back home and start over again than be trapped in a one-dimensional world any longer."
Hopefully, her example will inspire a whole of people to do the same. Please stay awesome, Pink.
What did you think about Pink's inspiring speech for her daughter? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Los Angeles Times]