Aussie fave named world’s most beautiful
Raise your glass to Pink, who in a surprising move will grace the cover of People magazine's The Beautiful issue.
Don't take that statement the wrong way. The rebel rocker is indeed beautiful by any standard. But even the singer herself admits she "laughed out loud" at the news, the New York Post reported.
Pink, who is married to former pro motocross biker Carey Hart, is pictured on People's cover with their two children, Jameson Moon, age 15 months, and Willow Sage, 6.
Since 1990, People magazine has published an annual spring edition that lists their picks for the Most Beautiful people in the world.
Previous issues have focused on the 100 Most Beautiful celebs, the 50 Most Beautiful and Most Beautiful Women.
It took this year's rebranding of the Most Beautiful concept - it's now simply The Beautiful, "to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest," editorial director Jess Cagle said in a note to readers - for Pink to make the cover grade.
It's a welcome, if overdue, shift for a publication that every year has celebrated a beauty standard that either sends the wrong message - you must fit the mould of a gorgeous Hollywood A-lister to make the cover - or no message at all.
Previously, the Most Beautiful designation served as a hollow reminder that beauty hews to narrow, skin-deep standards.
In choosing Pink for its 2018 accolade, People is leaning in to support not only more broad definitions of physical beauty, but also the beauty of empowerment.
Pink, a self-proclaimed "outcast," has long been an outspoken champion of the underdog, including LGBTQ people, communities of colour and even her own daughter - who was bullied and made to feel ugly but was memorably praised by her mom at the 2017 VMAs.
In accepting the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award last August, Pink addressed her 6-year-old daughter, Willow, who was in the audience and had previously told her mother that other kids made fun of her looks.
"Baby girl, we don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl," Pink told her daughter from the stage. "And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty."
People has historically embraced an airbrushed definition of beauty. Just last year it named "forever young" Julia Roberts the Most Beautiful Woman for the fifth - fifth! - time, with prior wins in 2010, 2005, 2000 and 1991. (Roberts' first nod followed her breakout role opposite Richard Gere in the iconic - and prescient - Pretty Woman.)
In 2016, Friends alum Jennifer Aniston was the magazine's choice for the second time (her first was in 2004), and Sandra Bullock graced the cover the year before that.
That's not to say that People's choices have been entirely about glamour. The magazine's 2009 Most Beautiful cover featured Christina Applegate following her emotional breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery the previous year. Her message of survival - "It's a decision that you made to save your life," she told the magazine at the time - was in solidarity with breast cancer survivors everywhere.
And in 2014, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was a rare person of colour to be selected for the cover. She took the opportunity to say she "was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
Grammy winner Pink is known for her dance hits (U + Ur Hand, Get the Party Started), high-flying concert acrobatics, and classic breakup tunes (So What, Funhouse, Blow Me [One Last Kiss]).
But her music also includes a roster of songs - like What About Us, F - kin' Perfect, and Raise Your Glass - that give dignity and strength to outcasts and tell haters to kiss off.
Pink's 2017 song Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - its music video includes a cameo by her daughter - is a well-timed anthem of empowerment aligned to the #TimesUp and #MeToo era that may say more about her sense of strength and solidarity than any other song in her catalogue: There's not enough rope to tie me down/There's not enough tape to shut this mouth/The stones you throw can make me bleed/But I won't stop until we're free/Wild hearts can't be broken/No, wild hearts can't be broken.
Her tenacity hasn't always given its due credit. In a 2010 interview on The Ellen Show, host Ellen DeGeneres was surprised to learn that the singer hadn't yet won a People's Choice Award (not affiliated with People magazine), to which a self-deprecating Pink responded with a throaty laugh, "I've never been the people's choice."
It looks like times the times are changing, Pink. Never be anything but loud - and beautiful.
This article was originally seen in the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.