ALICIA KEYS went barefaced for her new single cover artwork because she doesn't want to hide herself behind make-up anymore. While writing her sixth studio album, the Girl on Fire singer says she realized she seemed to focus on her insecurities and anxieties as well as feeling that she had to hide her true self in order to be accepted as a star.
According to her, she felt she would be judged if she left the house without makeup and went on to write an honest piece for the Lenny newsletter detailing the pressure she felt to always look perfect.
"Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny or sexy or desirable or perfect. All of it is so frustrating and so freakin' impossible"
One of her songs for the album "When A Girl Can't Be Herself" featured lyrics like "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"
Alicia Keys seems to have evolved from whom she used to be as she used to think she wasn't goo enough for the world to see and felt insecure. She felt free when she did the photo shoot right after a gym session.
"I was shocked. Instantly, I became a bit nervous and slightly uncomfortable. My face was totally raw. I had on a sweatshirt! But I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt."
One of the pictures, which shows a make-up free Alicia in a head scarf, has been used as the artwork for her new song In Common, and she is hoping her lead will kick-start a no make-up revolution.
In conclusion she says "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,"
Source: Star Magazine