After previously stating a few weeks ago that she was over wearing make up, it wasn’t a surprise to see Alicia Keys on the red carpet at the MTV VMA’s rocking a fresh face. The star looked totally flawless, gorgeous and confident in her natural skin even when surrounded by Hollywood’s most plastic fantastics.
While the 35-year-old singer’s latest “stunt,” divided opinion , what people failed to realize was that Alicia Keys actually has a very good reason for why she stopped wearing makeup in the first place.
Back in May, the singer wrote a heartfelt statement for LennyLetter announcing that she’d no longer be wearing makeup with her sole purpose being trying to break the mold that society has created about what it deems beautiful.
The letter, titled “Time to Uncover,” reads,
“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.”
After realizing why she was always so concerned about applying makeup before leaving her house, Alicia Keys found ways to be happy and comfortable in her own skin regardless of what she was wearing — and the VMAs this year were no exception.
The letter continues,
“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. And I promised I would approach things differently this time regarding my image and allow my real self, as is, to come through.”
Alicia Keys just doesn’t want to “cover up anymore,” for anyone, not even herself. She added,
“Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
And it wasn’t just her appearance on the red carpet that got everyone talking. When Alicia took to the stage to give her speech, it was nothing short of amazing. First reciting a poem and then breaking into acapella song, Alicia expressed her concern with the world and encouraged everyone to be kinder to each other.
Regardless of her bold move to inspire others to embrace their own beauty, there’s always someone who has something negative to say and the people of Twitter-land made their mixed views very clear…
Alicia Keys is really sticking with that no makeup thing, huh? Ok then.
— Mrs. H. (@_nadelizabeth) August 14, 2016
Why’s everyone bitchin about Alicia keys if I look like that with no makeup at 35 after two kids I’ll be blessed
— lou (@lou_hobsonC) August 29, 2016
I think Alicia Keys no makeup movement is a good idea, still think it mainly caters to people with clear skin.
— Lé Cocoapuff (@RespectTheAfro_) August 29, 2016
If makeup/fashion concerns me, I’m allowed to say “why did Alicia Keys come out to a public function with no make up” because that’s a no…
— Movie Pundit (@Anyato__) August 29, 2016
Alicia Keys needs to shut up about her no makeup bullshit.
— ….. (@mimi_afc) August 29, 2016
Idc what makeup Alicia keys wears or doesn’t. Her life is not mine
— Janáe, No Aiko (@Saymynae) August 29, 2016
I don’t understand why it’s so amazing that Alicia Keys is doing this whole no makeup thing. Lmao like congrats?
— Soft Serve (@darriqueenn) August 29, 2016
Alicia Keys killin that no makeup look!!!!!!
— darian (@deewill15) August 29, 2016
Alicia responded with this tweet….
Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you! ?? pic.twitter.com/Mg0Ug9YA9q
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 29, 2016
Empowering people is something that clearly comes easily to Alicia. Whether it’s encouraging women to be confident in their natural skin or inspiring the world to treat each other better, Alicia Keys is not your normal self obsessed celeb.
If there’s one that really stands for something worth listening to, its this girl.