“I’m the ugliest girl I know”: P!nk shares personal story in empowering VMA Vanguard acceptance speech

P!nk just owned the MTV Video Music Awards with not only a killer performance, but by being the mother every girl needs.

The superstar singer walked the red carpet with husband Carey Hart and daughter, Willow (all pictured), in matching black suits.

She then stole the show with a career-spanning performance that included a host of her smash hits, Get the Party Started, Raise Your Glass, So What and new single What About Us.


P!nk, whose real name is Alecia Moore, went on to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award which is handed out to artists who have made a profound effect on the MTV culture.

In her acceptance speech the mother of two shared an inspiring story from her personal life.

“Recently I was driving my daughter to school, when she said: ‘Momma, I’m the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair’.”

P!nk carried on to explain how she was shocked and caught off guard at the comment that came from a six-year-old.

“But I didn’t say anything. Instead I went home and made a PowerPoint presentation for her.”

The outspoken singer, who also has a nine-month-old son, explained how she showed Willow an endless line-up of androgynous rock stars, including Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince, Annie Lennox and Janis Joplin.

“Artists that lived their truth and are probably made fun of every day of their life. Carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us,” she went on.

“People say that I look like a boy, I’m too masculine, I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.

“I said to her ‘do you see me growing my hair … changing my body … changing the way I present myself to the world?

“Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?”

“We don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”

We’ll let P!nk tell it in her own words for you to be inspired!


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