Now for one of my personal favourites, the singer, and songwriter Pink. Pink or real name Alecia Moore is well known for her outspoken female anthems and for her clear stance on issues such as self-love, self-confidence, and female empowerment. But in addition to being all of those things and one of my favourite singers it is her role as a mother that has stood out in recent years as we have watched her send powerful messages of hope and inspiration to young girls everywhere through her relationship with her daughter. One of my favourite moments was when she dedicated her VMA award to her daughter in a moving and emotional speech.
In the speech, she recounted a conversation that she had with her daughter that I want everyone woman and girl to read and that I want every member of Women of Kaieteur to read. It went like this:
“‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, mama.’ I said, ‘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.’ ‘OK! So, baby girl. We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell, and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.’