Recently I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me: "Mama, I'm the ugliest girl I know. I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to 'Oh my god, you're six. Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a sex-year-old's ass?' But I didn't say anything and instead I went home and I made a PowerPoint presentation for her and in that presentation were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John. So many artists, her eyes glazed over. But then I said, 'I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself?' And she said 'Well, I look like a boy.' I said, 'What do you think I look like?' And she said, 'You're beautiful.' And I was like, 'Well, thanks!' But I said, 'When people make fun of me, that's what they use. They say that I look like a boy, or I'm too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong. Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, Mama.' I said, '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?"
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 that they can see more kinds of beauty. And to all the artists here, I'm so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves and for lighting the way for us. I'm so inspired by you guys. There's so much rad happening right now in music. Keep doing it. Keep shining for the rest of us to see. And you, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you're nothing
You're fuckin' perfect to me
If someone said three years from now.
You'd be long gone.
I'd stand up and punch them out.
Cause they're all wrong.
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try try try