Alicia Keys declares she doesn’t want to cover up anymore. Not her face, not her soul, not her struggles. Nothing. That’s besides her body of course.
Keys who is a judge on The Voice appeared on the show, Sunday, August 21, sans makeup, much to the shock of millions of people who believe celebrities can never do without their glammed up face, let alone appear on TV without them.
Alicia Keys said, “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
Her journey to being confident in a makeup free face began when she arrived at a photo shoot for her new single, “In Common.”
Keys stated she had just come from the gym and her face was “totally raw”.
She wrote, “As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photo-shoot look.”
The singer said the photographer insisted he had to shoot her immediately. “I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!” Keys wrote.
Although she was unsure and initially insecure, she gave in.
She penned about the resulting pictures and how the experience affected her, “I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.”
Her husband Swizz Beatz said that was the most beautiful photoshoot he had ever seen of her.
Alicia Keys had written her evolving essay to Lena Dunham’s “Lenny Letter”
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.
In one song I wrote, called “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” it says,
In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem
No disrespect to Maybelline, the word just worked after the maybe. But the truth is … I was really starting to feel like that — that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see.
This started manifesting on many levels, and it was not healthy.
Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.
I found my way to meditation, and I started focusing on clarity and a deeper knowing of myself. I focused on cultivating strength and conviction and put a practice in place to learn more about the real me.