“Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing."

Celia Tholozan   20 June 2016 13:33

Brilio.net - Alica Keys is more than a triple threat. She is a world-famous singer, and also the songwriter for most of her songs. She is a producer, an actress and a NYTimes best-selling author. She's pretty much winning at this thing called life.

Single-handedly she represents the perfect example of the successful American entrepreneur and yet, she confessed recently in a long letter how unconfident she actually is.

Her declaration was published on the feminist website “Lenny Letters”, owned by another awesome lady Lena Dunham who is an author, actress and award winning director. Her letter became part of the #NoMakeUp movement, launched on Instagram after the publishing of Alicia’s pictures from a photo shoot. The photographer asked her not to put on any makeup.


To overcome her fear, Alicia explained that she tried to remain as confident as possible and after reflection, came to the conclusion that she wouldn’t wear makeup anymore.

The singer perfectly expresses the social pressure experienced by all women, especially since the rise of social media, filters and other modifications and embellishment of image that can lead women to feeling that they will never achieve a certain standard.



Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you're plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

From now on, Alicia state that she would even go makeup-less during her upcoming performances, even at the UCL final.


And I promised I would approach things differently this time regarding my image and allow my real self, as is, to come through.”

You can read her touching and inspiring letter here.



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