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Awww! This Is Why Alicia Keys Has Stopped Wearing Makeup

Hi. Hi. I ran into this article on The Washington Post and loved it. You know I'm not such a fan of makeup. Right?  I was awed to find WHY this celebrity would suddenly decide to STOP wearing makeup.

Alicia Keys No Longer Wears Makeup 

Alicia Keys, an American singer, pianist, songwriter, record producer, and actress, says she no longer wears makeup, a decision she described publicly:

“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.”

The process that led Keys to alter her public image came after years of fame and feeling insecure, as she wrote in Lena Dunham’s “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.
In one song I wrote, called “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” it says,
In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem.
No disrespect to Maybelline, the word just worked after the maybe. But the truth is … I was really starting to feel like that — that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see.
This started manifesting on many levels, and it was not healthy.
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.
I found my way to meditation, and I started focusing on clarity and a deeper knowing of myself. I focused on cultivating strength and conviction and put a practice in place to learn more about the real me. 

isn't she beautiful? :)

I personally think this is one of best reasons to stop wearing makeup - when you find your true sense of self (identity), beauty and confidence in something greater than the concealer and eyeliner.

Makeup makes me very self-conscious and uneasy. (I mentioned it here).

I commend women who wake up 30, 40 minutes early to put on eyeliner and draw those beautiful eyebrows that make the eyes pop. I think it’s ­cool and attractive. I’m just not that person. I confidently host red-carpets, anchor events and attend weddings without even wearing powder.

Can we have many more (especially Nigerian) celebrities with a makeup-free face rocking the red carpet someday? Hehehe . . .

Can't wait to read your thoughts in the comment box below!

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