Alicia Keys penned an essay on overcoming her insecurities and embracing her natural beauty as she prepares her next album.
If you saw Alicia Key’s cover art for new single “In Common,” you were introduced to the au natural side of the songstress. Thanks to photographer Paola, Keys posed in front of a plain white background without makeup and looked beautiful in her natural glory.
And she felt it as well.
“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” she wrote in an essay on Lenny Letter.
“I felt powerful because my initial intentions realized themselves. My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose, and to be myself! The universe was listening to those things I’d promised myself, or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe, but however it goes, that’s how this whole #nomakeup thing began.”
Titled “Time to Uncover,” the mother of two opens up about how her beauty insecurities manifests throughout the years but how she’s overcoming it for her new album
“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she wrote. “And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect.”
Her first leap on beauty faith was her shoot with Paola but she promises that is only the beginning. After seeing her raw self inspire others she’s no longer covering up.
“Once the photo I took with Paola came out as the artwork for my new song “In Common,” it was that truth that resonated with others who posted #nomakeup selfies in response to this real and raw me.
‘Cause 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.”