If you have been keenly following Alicia Key’s latest appearance, you’ll notice that she has been make up free.
At the recent MTV Video Music Award’s, she proudly walked the red carpet in all her natural glory.
And those of you have had a chance to watch the first episode of the new season of ‘The Voice” may have noticed that she was totally makeup free. Alicia is one of the coaches for Season 11.
She declared her no makeup decision publicly in May.
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.
The process that led Keys to alter her public image came after years of fame and feeling insecure, as she wrote in 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
So what do you think y’all. Will she follow through with her new look