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Alicia Keys revisits #NoMakeup choice: It has to do with…what makes you feel good


ABC/Randy HolmesIn 2016, Alicia Keys was at the forefront of the #NoMakeup movement, which was a call for women to embrace their natural beauty. 

Now she tells Variety that she’s more adamant than ever about being “the creator of my own destiny” — even if that means wearing makeup.  

“Sometimes, I want some damn makeup, and I’m going to wear it! Guess what — if I want to wear red lipstick and put eyelashes on, I can do whatever I f*****g want,” Alicia declares.    

The “Girl on Fire” singer also looked back at an interview she did at the Grammys wearing no makeup. 

Alicia says that at the time she didn’t even know what the #nomakeup movement meant. 

“Suddenly it was a movement, and I don’t even know what that means,” she explains. 

“It doesn’t have anything to do with makeup or no makeup. It has to do with who are you, what makes you feel good, how do you want to express that and even just asking the questions — What do I feel? How do I feel good? However that is, you should do it.”  

But as far as Alicia’s concerned, she’s done with trying to fit into a someone else’s definition of what it means to be a woman.

“We’re supposed to be this big, and so tiny, and so skinny,” she says.   

“If we have any hips or any thickness or width with us, we’re fat. We torture ourselves; we don’t eat. I’ve experienced all of that.” 

“I was subscribing to this sick identity. … Stay in your place, be feminine, be a lady, don’t make too much noise…,” Alicia adds. 

“Being a woman, being a girl, is the most awesome thing to be. I personally feel we are the more evolved species.” 

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