Megan Thee Stallion took a moment at Glamour’s Women of the Year event on Monday night (Nov. 8) to thank the most important women in her life who pushed her to succeed: Her late mother, Holly Thomas, and her late great-grandmother. Upon accepting the 2021 Woman of the Year award, the “Thot Shit” rapper made an emotional speech that listed the women as her greatest inspirations in her career thus far.
“I am truly humbled to be in such incredible company. I really want to thank my mom,” Megan said, with tears streaming down her face. “I want to thank my mom because she taught me how to be the woman that I am. She was my best friend, my manager, she was my everything, and I know she’s proud of me today.”
“She was like, ‘Megan I don’t give a damn how many songs you write as long as you get that degree,’ ” the rapper continued. “So, I said, ‘You know what, I don’t give a damn how many songs I write, I’m going to stay in school because I know my mom and my big momma are watching me and that’s what they would want me to do.'” Megan is set to graduate from Texas Southern University in December of this year.
The 26-year-old explained that her late mother and grandmother filled her “with self-love and determination,” and inspired her to achieve all of her goals. “Because of them, I never felt unworthy of my success and my womanhood. Because of them, I’ve learned to be competitive with myself and that other women don’t need to lose for me to win,” she added.
Concluding her speech, Megan revealed that she wanted to accept the award as Megan Pete instead of Megan Thee Stallion to honor the adversity she has overcome to make to where she is today.
“I win a lot of awards as Megan Thee Stallion, but tonight I choose to accept this award as Megan Pete. A soon-to-be college graduate from Houston, a woman who has built a successful career in a male dominated industry, who has earned her respect from people that couldn’t look beyond my public persona,” she said. “There’s nothing women can’t achieve when we realize there can be more than one female scientist, scholar, poet or rapper. There’s room at the table for all of us, and when there isn’t, we need to make room.”