Pink – Feminist Icon
Pink is an outspoken American singer/songwriter who vociferously refuses to live up to the female pop singer stereotype. We are all P!NK on the inside. The beauty is in our differences.”
You decided that you wanted to be a singer at a young age, and we’re so glad you did. Not only have you brought us amazing songs like ‘Get the Party Started’ and ‘Raise Your Glass.’ But you have also shown us girls, with hilarious music videos such as Stupid Girls, that we don’t have to follow the trend. You have campaigned for PETA and supported the charities Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Prince’s Trust, Save the Children and UNICEF, to name a few. You have never let fame compromise your beliefs. Your music, as well as being unforgettable, has taught us all so much… We salute you.
Love Mookychick xxx
I decided at 15 that I didn’t want to be one of those artists that gets up and sings love songs they don’t mean. I decided that I was going to be me to the fullest extent, that my songs were going to reflect relationships I’ve had, things I’ve been through, and even the stuff I’m embarrassed about.
Soon as my brother told me ‘Girls can’t skate’ I picked up a skateboard and became a good skateboarder.
“I thought I should have been a boy for a long time, but I’m very glad I’m a girl. I can’t imagine walking around with that thing swinging between your legs.”
I appreciate being a girl more now than ever. There’s a struggle involved in it, but it’s so rewarding when you prove to all men that you might have something up on ’em.
Pink best known for
Her ever-changing hair styles and colours, her incredible music and her ability to parody singers such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Simpson in her music videos.
Pink least known for
Starring in Catacombs, a 2007 horror film.
Pink mook factor
Pink is definitely a Mooky Chick. Whether her hair is black, blonde, pink or purple, she can pull it off, because it’s still her underneath it. She has an attitude that can challenge anybody, and she’s not afraid to make a fool out of herself (or anyone else) in her music videos. She even got her husband (who she was separated from at the time) to appear in a video. She campaigns for the rights of animals, as well as people. Her attitude and ability to voice her beliefs through her songs make her a great icon for not just women, but everyone who listens to her music.
Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on September 8th 1979. From a young age she wanted to be a rock star. She started writing lyrics as a teenager, to express her feelings, and began performing in Clubs in Philadelphia when she was 14.
At 16 she formed an R’n’B group, Choice, with two other girls. They got a record deal with LA Reid, but never released a song. After two years of working with various producers, Reid persuaded her to go solo. The name Pink came from the character Mr Pink, from Reservoir dogs.
Pink released her debut album, ‘Can’t Take Me Home,’ in 2000. It went double platinum in US. Her first single from this album was ‘There You Go.’ The third single from the album, ‘You Make Me Sick,’ was in the film Save The Last Dance, and was in the top ten in the UK.
For the first album, I was genuinely so excited to not be clocking in at McDonald’s, to be living on my own, and I had come straight from the streets of Philadelphia, she recalls. While I was very green, and being carted around to all of the ‘hot producers,’ that album was still very much me exploring music I love R&B and hip-hop and trying to navigate this new world. For part of that time, I was basically homeless, living in the Bronx, where I got myself my own publishing deal at age 18, and lived with songwriters; three of those songs ended up on my record. I was not all puppet. Pink
In 2001 Pink released ‘Lady Marmalade,’ with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya, for the film Moulin Rouge. It got to number one in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia. They also got a Grammy Award, her first, for Best Pop collaboration with Vocals. In a VH1 interview, Pink said she had to fight Christina Aguilera’s manager to sing the high parts in the song.
Although her first album leaned more towards R’n’B, her second album, released in late 2001, was more pop/rock. Pink took her sound in a new direction after deciding she was sick of being pigeon-holed as another pop act. The name of the album, ‘Missundaztood,’ was because Pink thought that people had the wrong impression of her. It went gold or platinum in more than 20 countries. The first single on the album, Get the Party Started, went to number four in the US, number two in the UK and number one in Australia. ‘Just Like a Pill,’ the third single from the album, was her first number 1 as a solo artist. Professional motocross racer Carey Hart, her boyfriend at the time, appeared in the video. She met him at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia.
In 2003 she had a cameo appearance as a motocross race ramp owner/promoter in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Her song ‘Feel Good Time’ was on the soundtrack. It was also included on non-US editions of ‘Try This,’ her third album which was released in November 2003. Although it reached the top ten in the album charts, it wasn’t as successful as ‘Missundaztood.’ The album was better received on the Try This Tour. The single ‘Trouble’ won Pink her second Grammy award for Best Female Rock Performance.
Pink took a break after the Try This tour to write the next album, ‘I’m Not Dead.’ During this time she proposed to her boyfriend, Carey Hart, by holding up a “Will you marry me?” sign on his pit board. They married in January 2006, in Costa Rica.
The ‘I’m Not Dead’ album was released in April 2006. She said the album was about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to. ‘Stupid Girls’ was the first single from this album. It became Pink’s biggest U.S. hit since 2002. In the music video she parodied celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Paris Hilton. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video. Pink then went on a world I’m Not Dead Tour, which gave her the record for the biggest concert attendance for an arena tour by a female artist.
In 2008 Pink released Funhouse, her fifth album. The Funhouse Tour started in France in February of that year. ‘So What,’ the first single from the album, became the first solo number one of her career on the Billboard Hot 100. The video shows Pink going crazy while attempting to show that she is fine on her own. She even got her husband, who she was separated from at the time, to be in it.
In a message to her fans on her website, she said, If you EVER get a chance to drive a lawnmower down Sunset Blvd – I highly suggest it. Thanks for making my day. I’m really, really, really excited. This video was too much fun… glad you likey’s and don’t worry – Carey likey’s too. We are insane.
In February 2010, after they had gone through marriage counselling, Pink and Hart confirmed they were back together. In November she announced that they are expecting their first child. Her first compilation album, ‘Greatest Hits… So Far!!’ was also released in November. She is now currently on a break.
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