“Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know.”
This is something superstar singer Pink’s 6-year-old daughter said to her on the drive to school one morning.
Like every mom, Pink went into full-on mama bear mode. She wondered where on earth her kid got the idea that she was ugly. She wondered if she could kick the butt of the 6-year-old who uttered such horrid things to her kid (admit it, we’ve all had those thoughts). But instead of stalking the playground, Pink turned the moment into a lesson in self-acceptance and love … via Powerpoint presentation, of course!
She told her daughter that beauty comes in all forms. She told her that you don’t change who you are just to fit society’s version of what is “beautiful.”
“We don’t change,” said Pink. “We take the gravel and 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.”
To which I say PREACH!!!!!!
Beauty comes in many, many forms. And the sooner we can stop perpetuating traditional expectations of what is “beautiful” (expectations that our poor children—especially girls—are trying to live up to) the better. No child should be made to feel ugly or less than. No person should be made to feel ugly or less than. We are all beautiful in our own ways. And as a woman, as a person, as the mom of a girl, I thank Pink for speaking out.
Just listen. It’s amazing. And something all of us need to hear.