My passion for music goes way back to when I was in elementary school. Some of my fondest memories are jamming out in the car with my mom to popular songs at the time. Back in 2008, one of the leading albums of the year was P!nk’s Funhouse. The album peaked number 2 on the Billboard top 200 and was spawn to multiple hit singles like So What, Sober, and Please Don’t Leave Me. I remember hearing her songs on the radio, but not thinking much of them. At that time, I had not known how eminent she truly was.
Fastforward to August 27th of this year, the annual MTA VMAs. Countless talented artists gather from all all over North America to celebrate music and be recognized for their achievements. I specifically remember thinking that P!nk’s performance was especially extraordinary, singing a blend of all her greatest hits in one fluent motion. Later in the evening, she proceeded to receive the highest honor of the night: The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award; an accolade presented to an artist corporately (non-annually) that represents lifetime achievement in the music industry, more specifically within highly praised music videos. While recieving the award, P!nk brought to light a topic most public figures aren’t comfortable talking about. Her little girl had been bullied for wanting to dress more masculine in school, and P!nk took the opportunity to present the topic publicly, as she had also faced adversity for branding herself as more masculine. Her speech focused on how androgynous artists such as Michael Jackosn, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury etc. had been discriminated against every day of their lives for just being themselves. This being said, they continued to be successful and didn’t listen to the people trying to put them down.
“And that’s what people use when they talk about me. They say that I look like a boy; that I’m too masculine, or that my hair is too short, or I have too many opinions, or my body is too strong. I said to her: ‘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?’ ‘no mama.’ ‘do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘yes mama.'” P!nk at MTV VMA’s 2017. (source)
Even though in the beginning I was hesitant about choosing P!nk as my eminent person, I definitely think that this is the right choice over all. She is such an empowering woman, and she only gets more interesting the more I research. In terms of barriers between herself and I, she definitely has faces tons of adversity for how she presents herself (verbal harassment, threats etc.), and I have never faced discrimination as overwhelming as that. However, we are both women of a similar upbringing and privilege, so I do not think this will be an issue during night of the notables.
Yes, I’d like to see myself lead a similar path that she has. I don’t necessarily want to be famous, but I want to speak out about things that matter to me and spread messages worth spreading. I think that P!nk has taken advantage of her popularity in the best way by doing just that. My mission statement for life, if you will, is to inspire people to be the best they can be and spread happiness. A prime obstacle to achieving this eminence will be trying not to acknowledge the people that are skeptical of what I’m doing and judge and put down every one of my moves. I tend to care a lot about what people think, which has not worked out in my favor. I need to learn how to trust myself and stop depending on other people so much, and I hope this project will lead me in the right direction to start doing that.
In the end, I hope to represent P!nk’s positive and empowering personality through this project. I will try my hardest so that my presentation of her does her justice, as she does deserve to be honored and remembered as eminent.