Alicia Keys is definitely leaving the house a lot more quickly these days.
The multi-Grammy winner has ditched wearing makeup.
Shudder the thought.
Keys has bravely made numerous recent, on-camera appearances — NBC’s “Today,” the MTV VMAs, “The Voice,” — sans any cosmetics at all.
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Back in May, the 35-year-old native New Yorker talked about her decision to go bare-faced in Lena Dunham’s lifestyle blog “Lenny Letter.”
“I was finally uncovering just how much I censored myself, and it scared me. Who was I anyway? Did I even know HOW to be brutally honest anymore? Who I wanted to be? I didn't know the answers exactly, but I desperately wanted to.”
Keys — who actually looks adorable and fresh faced without a stitch of anything — went on to say she started figuring out she was hiding under concealer — literally.
“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.”
Though the thought may horrify the average woman, one person is definitely A-OK with it — Keys’ husband, rapper Swizz Beatz, who posted a photo from her Vanity Fair shoot on Instagram. “You look 19 without makeup,” he wrote in the caption. “My fav pic.”
Think you have the nerve to post a selfie like Keys has, to prove a point? Go for it with the hashtag #nomakeup.
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