This past weekend — in response to photos of singer-songwriter P!nk in a gorgeous black dress at a formal cancer benefit — the Internet immediately took to criticizing her for a supposed weight gain. It was disappointing and completely ridiculous, to say the least; but rather than remain silent, P!nk had something to say to her social media bullies — and we still can’t get over how ridiculously empowering her words were.
“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight,” she wrote in a tweet. “You’re referring to the pictures of me from last night’s cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr. Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you.”
“While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty,” she continued. “In fact, I feel beautiful.”
And we can see why. P!nk looked absolutely gorgeous at the event, in huge part because she looked so incredibly happy. She went on to tweet an adorable picture with her daughter, Willow, from the evening (along with the caption, “Willow said to me the other day whilst grabbing my belly-‘mama-why r u so squishy?’And I said..’b/cuz I’m happy baby’), and another photo with her husband, Carey Hart (along with the caption, “and my hubby says ‘it’s just more to love baby’ (and then I smack his hand off my booty cause we’re in a supermarket).”
As if that weren’t enough to ignite some major feels, P!nk even responded to a few fan tweets in support of their own journeys to self-love. The whole thing was absolutely wonderful, and has us feeling awesome about our bodies, too.
All too often, women’s bodies are policed in a decidedly different way from the way men’s bodies are. While all genders are subject to beauty standards, women tend to be criticized in a much more threatening, dangerous manner. According to a Pew Research Center study on online harassment, 26% of young women (18-24) have been stalked online, and 25% have been the victim of online sexual harassment — both statistics nearly twice the amount of their male counterparts. This, along with the fact that women and young adults are more likely to be the targets of online harassment on social media than men overall, paints a pretty horrifying picture; and what happened to P!nk was no exception.
The idea that celebrity bodies — that all women’s bodies — are ours to criticize has become a societal norm, but it shouldn’t be, and we can still fight it. It is only in actively challenging why we feel it is our right to put others down that we can eventually rise above it. P!nk’s gorgeous and empowering tweets were the perfect reminder that we are allowed to feel beautiful, even if others don’t want us to. But even more than that, her tweets helped to remind us how powerful loving ourselves can be, and that we are never alone in the journey to self-acceptance.
“So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about me. I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either,” P!nk concluded. “I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”
We couldn’t be more inspired to hear it.