Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, was signed to her record label in 1995.
Since then, the singer/songwriter has won three Grammys and produced numerous hit singles, such as “Get The Party Started,” “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” and “Just Like A Pill.”
Amidst such a busy career, she and her husband, Carey Hart, welcomed their first child together, Willow Sage, in 2011.
There’s no question the mom and daughter are thick as thieves:
Pink has a solid reputation for reinforcing body positivity, like when she sent a powerful message to fans about body mass and beauty “standards” on Instagram:
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Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW
And on Sunday’s Video Music Awards, the mother of two won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, given to an artist with exceptional “accomplishments in video and film.”
Instead of lavishing praise upon herself for her mega success, the singer chose to honor daughter Willow in a very special way that brought the house down:
— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017
She began her acceptance speech with a story about a conversation she and Willow had on the drive to school.
She told the audience:
“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.’
And my brain went to, ‘Oh my God, you’re six. Where is this coming from? Can I kick a 6-year-old’s [butt]?'”
The singer then said she went home and made a “PowerPoint presentation” for Willow that highlighted “androgynous rock stars” such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, and Freddy Mercury, just to name a few.
Her point to her daughter was that all of those artists remained true to themselves … and enjoyed incredible success because of it:
“… artists … are probably made fun of every day of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us.”
She continued, telling the story of how she wanted her little girl to understand that even though “mama” gets made fun of sometimes, she doesn’t change who she is:
‘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 that my body is too strong. And I said, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’
And she said, ‘No, mama.’
‘Do you see me changing my body?’
‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘
‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’
Then, Pink looked straight at her daughter, who has standing near her dad, and delivered the most powerful line of all:
“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty … And you, my darling girl, are beautiful. I love you.”
It was an inspiring message for all the little girls of the world from a mama who loves her daughter just the way she is.