Along with PEOPLE magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive distinction, longtime readers and followers are always gearing up for the publication’s announcement of World’s Most Beautiful, but this year things have changed.
In an Editor’s Note, Jess Cagle explained, “Over the years the name of the issue has evolved (“50 Most Beautiful,” “Most Beautiful Woman,” etc.), but the words “Most Beautiful” have always been part of the title. This year we’re renaming it “The Beautiful Issue” — to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed. As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.”
So, with things being a little different, the cover star of the 2018 Beautiful Issue was revealed to be not only Grammy winning singer Pink — but her two children as well.
Alecia Moore, who goes by Pink professionally, posed with 6 1/2 year old daughter Willow Sage, and 15 month old son Jameson, and admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she “laughed out loud” when she was told she was the cover star for this year. “I immediately turned to whoever was in the room and said, ‘Did you ever think this was as good as it gets?’ ” she said.
“I think, honestly, it was Jameson and Willow that secured that deal for me. I’m wondering if in 20 years if Jameson’s gonna be upset about his first cover. I mean, it’s pretty good,” Pink admitted before reenacting her son’s facial expression.
In August of 2017, Pink’s speech went viral after she made it in response to her daughter telling her she felt like the “ugliest girl” and while fans couldn’t get enough of Pink’s empowering speech, apparently her daughter wasn’t as impressed. “She goes, ‘Yeah well I still feel that way.’ I was like, ‘For what? That you’re ugly?’ She’s like, ‘Yup, I just want you to know I still feel that way. Nothing you did helped.’ I was like, ’Thanks, babe. Well you know we all feel that way sometimes.’ She’s like, ‘We do?’ I’m like, ‘We’re not doing this again. I have to go,’ ” Pink told DeGeneres.
For the singer herself however, she couldn’t be happier with the way the traditional views of beauty are being challenged. “I don’t think my 13-year-old self would listen, but I love the way things are changing. And I love that our perception of beauty has completely been knocked on its head,” she explained.
“There’s nothing wrong with beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with beautiful on the inside, beautiful on the outside. It’s all different shades, it’s all different sizes. It means whatever it means to you,” she said. “I think on one hand my sense of humor is the best part about all of it and on the other hand, it’s a wonderful time that we’re celebrating all different kinds of people.”