Alicia Keys Embraces #NoMakeup: “I Hope To God It’s A Revolution”
A beautifully freckle-faced, au naturale Alicia Keys photo is breaking the Internet, but for the 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and activist, the latest photos symbolize a breaking of her own walls of insecurity and the many masks she’s worn. Keys recently penned a deeply personal letter reflecting on her evolution from being hidden in plain sight, to the revolution of being uncovered with #NoMakeup.
When Keys first entered the fishbowl gaze of the entertainment industry as a young woman, she writes that, “I started, more than ever, to become a chameleon. Never fully being who I was, but constantly changing so all the “they’s” would accept me.”
In the process of starting her forthcoming album, she recognized she was sick and tired of being sick and tired, particularly about “the constant judgment of women” and the unrealistic beauty standards of being skinnier, sexier and perfect.
“I realized that during this process, I wrote a lot of songs about masks filled with metaphors about hiding. I needed these songs because I was really feeling those insecurities. I was finally uncovering just how much I censored myself, and it scared me. Who was I anyway? Did I even know HOW to be brutally honest anymore? Who I wanted to be? I didn’t know the answers exactly, but I desperately wanted to.”