This ballad is the second single by pop singer Pink from her greatest hits collection, titled Greatest Hits… So Far!!!. The track was released onto Pink's official website on November 3, 2010.
According to Pink, she started writing the song about her husband (Carey Hart), but it shifted meaning to her fans, and little girls and eventually, "it was about this thing inside of me that I didn't even know yet," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It's just all of it.
The track opens with Pink declaring that despite all her flaws, she's "still around." Once she gets to the chorus, the potty-mouthed singer comes over all motivational and tells the listener that they should look past their imperfections and see themselves as "F---in' Perfect."
The clean version recorded for radio is titled "Perfect."
The song's music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who has previously collaborated with Pink on many occasions before including her VMA winner "Stupid Girls." The clip tells the story of a woman who from an early age battled a eating disorder and cutting. She is eventually able to deal with her personal demons and becomes a successful artist. Pink commented on her website: "Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. (the problem being; alienation and depression. the symptoms; cutting and suicide). I personally don't know a single person who doesn't know at least two of these victims personally."
The lead role was played by American actress Tina Majorino, who is best known to many for the character of Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite.
An a cappella cover of the track by the Rockabellas was recorded for a Covergirl commercial. (Pink is a Covergirl spokesperson herself). The ad was part of a campaign for a makeup line tied to the Pitch Perfect 2 movie.
Pink's support for the underdog was in part inspired by her sibling. She told The Sun:
"My brother was the most bullied kid I've ever seen with my own eyes and it turned me into a fighter and a person that sticks up for other people. I think people should live and let live and for all of these reasons and for my daughter just trying to figure out what it means to be a girl and what it means to be a human in 2017.
I want her to be one of the voices in her world. I want her to be one of the voices in her head. It's a line I wrote in 'Perfect,' change the voices, make them like you instead. It's lifetime work for me. I've been doing it all my life, I'm trying to get the voices in my head to like me."
Karen from Manchester, NhAlthough generally not a fan of P!nk (don't hate her; don't love her), I was curious about this song. The video for this song had me sobbing like a baby. Having spent my teen years with an incredibly low self-esteem, battling a bit like the girl in the video, I felt it keenly. I think this video should be mandatory viewing for all teenaged girls (yeah, boys, too). I know I'm making it a point to show it to my daughters when they're closer to their teen years (they're 8 and 10, so it won't be too long). Kudos.