Pink took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the 2017 Video Music Awards last night, Sunday, August 28, but instead of rattling off a list of people she'd like to thank, the singer decided to share an intimate story about her beautiful six-year-old daughter, Willow.
The singer took the stage after Ellen DeGeneres presented her the award (while Pink's own self-love anthem, "Perfect," played, no less!).
The mother of two immediately began telling the audience a personal story. "Recently, I was driving my daughter to school, and she said to me...'I'm the ugliest girl I know,'" Pink shared. "She was like 'I look like a boy with long hair.'"
The singer went to tell viewers how she handled the tough situation: Instead of saying anything to her daughter, Pink decided to show her an important lesson. She made a Powerpoint presentation featuring androgynous artists through time (think David Bowie, Elton John and Janis Joplin). She showcased people who were misunderstood but whose influence was incredibly powerful.
"I said, 'When people make fun of me...they say I look like a boy or I'm too masculine, I have too many opinions, my body is too strong,'" Pink continued. "I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' ... She said, 'No, Mama.'"
Pink asked her daughter a series of questions, including: "Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?" To which her daughter said, "Yes, Mama."
"We don’t change," the singer said. "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."
And just like that, we have chills. What a stunning, powerful reminder that beauty comes in so many different forms. As parents, we're handed the task of teaching our own kids that very lesson, and one look at Pink's adoring daughter in the audience is all we need to understand how profound our influence over our children's' views of themselves can be. Pink pulled this off masterfully, and we can all learn so much from her speech.