Alicia Keys: "I Feel Really Good About Being Able to Look Myself In the Face"
Some have called Alicia Keys's decision to go makeup-free as a crusade, while others have declared it a revolution. But what we love most about the star's choice is that she didn't make it for anyone but herself. This March, Alicia is on the cover of Glamour, and in an interview with writer Kimberly Drew, the musician disclosed that she's learned a great deal on her bare-faced journey.
"I've come to terms that life is going to be a constant peeling back of layers, a constant unlearning of what we've been taught or believe to be true," she disclosed. "I think that I've come to terms with the fact that that's just going to happen for the whole duration of my life. I feel really good about being able to look myself in the face and say, 'Oh, who are you now?' And that might change."
And just like her flawless complexion, Alicia didn't try to make a statement by wearing her iconic braids. "That was just how I loved wearing my hair," she admitted. "I recognise now that how you look is your statement, because it's a claiming of yourself. You're saying, 'Look, world. This is me. Love me or hate me, I really don't care.' I guess that is the revolution."
The mission of being self-confident and achieving self-acceptance is not an easy one. Alicia bravely revealed that she is not "100 percent comfortable" with herself and works hard to listen to her inner voice. She thinks that this is a common plight for many women (and speaking from personal experience, we agree).
"We listen so much to everybody — more than ever, because we have a kabillion voices whose opinion we can access — and we care so much if everybody agrees with us," she said. "To bust through all of the noise is very challenging."
Keep reading to see more images of Alicia from her Glamour spread, then head over to the site to devour her empowering interview in full.