It was 2016 when Alicia Keys completely embraced a makeup-free look. For a woman in the entertainment industry, this was a bold statement.
As soon as a baby’s gender is determined, parents often go shopping for blue “boy” clothes and pink “girl” clothes. What starts out as seemingly innocent can turn out to be a harmful stereotype, especially when we teach girls they must always be pretty, soft and beautiful by means of external, artificial sources. With boys, we teach them that suppressing emotion is a sign of strength.
When Alicia went makeup free this year, she shed the expectations society had placed upon her just for being a woman. As a result, she revealed her true self. Wearing makeup in itself isn’t wrong – in fact, makeup is a wonderful way to change things up and express ourselves! However, it’s not okay when societal standards deem the “natural you” as incomplete or not enough.
Keys’s new album HERE focuses on various self-empowerment issues. Most Notably, A Girl Can’t Be Herself explores expectations placed upon women—and it’s definitely the ode to her makeup-free movement.
“In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that make up? / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of? / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem/ Whose job is it to straighten out my curves? / I’m so tired of that image, that’s my word.”
The message of her story is that all of us have the right to embrace our individuality. We can live our lives by our own standards. Makeup or not, empower your inner self and shine!
Check out A Girl Can’t Be a Girl on HERE