Alicia explains why she quit wearing makeup in 2016

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“I got hooked on it. “

In a new interview with Glamor UK, Alicia Keys explained even more why she made her famous decision to quit wearing makeup in 2016.

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The singer – who recently released her seventh album, Alicia – shared her relationship with makeup over the years: “Makeup was an important thing to me; I’ve been wearing it since I was 16, ”she told Glamor. “And then, when I got into the music business, that was what you did every day to do your television or to shoot. So I did it because I thought it was what you were supposed to do. And I realized that I got hooked; I didn’t feel comfortable without him. ”

In 2016, Alicia wrote a powerful essay for Lenny Letter titled “Time to Uncover” to publicly share her journey of embracing natural beauty. She also launched a social media campaign, #NoMakeup, to challenge societal judgment and impose beauty ideals on women.

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“I don’t want to cover myself anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing, ”she wrote in the essay.

After choosing not to wear makeup for several events that year, Alicia went on to share her decision to do makeup again – in her own way: “I’m not a slave to makeup. I am also not a slave to NOT wearing makeup. I choose to [any] given moment. It’s my right. ”

In her recent Glamor interview, Alicia also shared how she has stayed true to her own identity despite the pressures to change her style early in her music career: “As a new girl – the whole New York street vibrates with braids. , playing the piano in cute pants or jeans, Timberlands and leather jackets – it certainly wasn’t something you’d seen often, that kind of soul stuff mixed with that energy. But I never wanted to change. ”

“The pressure of trying to [get me to] wearing dressier clothes… it just wasn’t who I was, and it will never be who I am. And although I am growing up now and can really feel comfortable in so many ways and styles, I am still who I am. So I was happy to be strong enough from the start. And my management has always been very supportive about it. ”

Now, she is launching her own lifestyle and beauty brand, Keys Soulcare – which is inclusive and cruelty-free – and she has shared her journey of previously feeling ‘shy’ and under the pressure of constant makeup use. to cover bumps and scars. : “I have struggled so much in my own skin and I am even really clear about my self-confidence and my personal worth. “

For Alicia, the phrase, which she calls’ a dream come true ‘, has a deeper meaning:’ I’ve been thinking about the concept of Soulcare and what it means to take care of yourself – your mind, your body, your soul and spirit; to create a ritual to uplift you. We need it more than ever. ”

You can read Alicia’s full Glamor interview here.

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