For women everywhere, it’s important to embrace body positivity. It’s important for all of us to work hard to be the strongest we can be.
That said, we shouldn’t necessarily look at a Photoshopped image of a celebrity and try to achieve those unrealistic goals. For many of us, the message has been drilled into our brains since childhood. That’s why it’s important for popular celebrities like Pink to speak up about what really matters.
Pink posted a photo on Instagram that showcases her “thunder thighs.” Typically, the phrase might be seen as insulting. However, Pink turned it into a positive one.
She showcased what her thighs are really capable of.
“I always wondered why God gave me thunder thighs,” she wrote. “It’s cause he knew I’d use them. #throwingbuckets #strongismygoal #joyful #wakesurfgirl #somebodysponsormealready.”
In the photo, you can literally see Pink’s strong thighs at work as she’s surfing. It’s an empowering reminder that our bodies do so much for us. It’s not always about how they look but how they perform.
For someone like Pink, she needs to fuel her body to have the energy for a full-time music career and two young kids. She and husband Carey Hart are the proud parents of 9-year-old Willow Sage and 3-year-old Jameson Moon.
This isn’t the first time that Pink has been openly body positive. Even back in September 2015, she told a publication that she felt happy regardless of the number on the scale. “I don’t change my eating when I get home,” she told Food & Wine, per Today. “So everyone always asks me, ‘What are you going to do after?’ And I say, ‘Get really fat and happy.'”
Back in April 2015, some of Pink’s fans felt “concerned” after seeing a photo of her at a cancer benefit. “Unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you,” she told her fans. “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. In fact, I feel beautiful.”
The photo in question wasn’t anything to fret about. Pink really did look beautiful. However, some people still equate beauty with weight. They missed the fact that she was absolutely glowing and perfectly content with herself. Pink even talked specifics about weight on Instagram.
Posting a great photo at the gym, Pink captioned, “would you believe I’m 160 pounds and 5’3″? By ‘regular standards’ that makes me obese. I know I’m not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but… I don’t feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies!”
Despite the number on the scale, Pink has kept up her impressive career for decades. Her debut single, “There You Go,” came out in February 2000. As a celebrity, she’s more or less an open book. Her fans know how much she’s grown and what she’s been through since getting into the spotlight.
One of the reasons why she’s so relatable? She doesn’t seem to let her fame get to her head. Pink is also the type of celebrity to sit down with her family for a meal every day. But still, even while showcasing how normal her day-to-day can be, fans have still tried to bully her for it.
“At least twice a week on tour, we shut the door to the outside world and have family dinner,” she stated on Instagram. “As you can see it makes Jameson feel deep, deep joy.” But just the fact that she’d show a moment like this on Instagram was enough to make fans talk back. “Show a pic of a closed door and say family time,” one stated. “Or better yet don’t post anything.”
Since Pink isn’t the type of person to feed into negativity, she shut it down immediately — with a few expletives. “Yes I like to promote healthy stuff,” she said. “I also like to remind people to stop being TOTAL D****E B*GS TOO. Consider this your reminder.” While it may have been harsh, it’s a reminder that Pink — and other celebrities — are criticized for everything.
Oftentimes, fans on the internet forget that celebrities actually read some of these comments, and they can easily be hurt by them. Just because they’re in the spotlight doesn’t mean unnecessary comments are appropriate. Regardless, Pink still shares photos of her family.
In fact, Pink’s talking points have never seemed to change. She’s always been body positive and family positive. It’s good to know that as a mom, she’ll be teaching her kids to love themselves. There’s always room for healthy improvement, but obsessing over Hollywood ideals can be quite damaging.
Pink feeling healthy in her own body is also a good message for other celebrities, especially those who are new to the scene. It’s proof that you don’t need to look a certain way, or be a certain weight, to find success and showcase your talents. In this day and age, there’s far more diversity in Hollywood than ever before — and that type of representation is fantastic.
Pink once did an interview with Billboard that required her to look back at old videos. One was for “There You Go,” which was filmed when Pink was only 20. “I think this is the prettiest I’ve ever looked, and will ever look,” she said, per Women’s Health magazine. “I’d just started riding motorcycles. I almost crashed 85 times.”
But when she recalled shooting her 2013 video for “Just Give Me a Reason,” she remembers feeling sad and feeling fat — even though she obviously wasn’t. “That’s what we do to ourselves, and we should stop it,” she admitted. “And now I’m almost 150 pounds, and I look [expletive] awesome.”
If you ever need a burst of confidence, Pink is the celebrity to follow. She’s proven that health comes in many ways. Being physically strong is worth the weight gain that muscle brings. And she’s always sent the message that the way you feel about yourself is far more important than how others feel from a distance.