Alicia Keys’ No Makeup Movement

After releasing a moving letter on Lenny, Alicia Keys has begun a #NoMakeup Movement. There are stunning images of her appearances at recent concerts and events without makeup, and the response has been amazing. Obviously this position is resonating with fans: Instagram, Twitter and other social media has been flooded with pictures of women putting down the makeup and picking up the camera. Many including Keys herself have commented on how empowering the experience has been.

I felt powerful because my initial intentions realized themselves. My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose, and to be myself! The universe was listening to those things I’d promised myself, or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe, but however it goes, that’s how this whole #nomakeup thing began. Once the photo I took with Paola came out as the artwork for my new song “In Common,” it was that truth that resonated with others who posted #nomakeup selfies in response to this real and raw me.

I hope to God it’s a revolution.

‘Cause 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.

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