Alicia Keys has stopped wearing makeup for good, and she looks better than ever
She hopes the #NoMakeup will start a revolution
Of all women in the world, celebrities face public scrutiny over their appearance more than anyone. The clothes they wear are judged by gossip magazines and fashion centred television programmes. If they put on a couple of pounds, it's on the front cover of People magazine. If they have a bad hair day, you bet some internet trolls will slam them for it. And, heaven forbid, they are caught without make up, well, some sleazy member of the paparazzi will take a super close-up, making sure to capture every 'flaw' in all it's glory.
Well, R&B super star, Alicia Keys, has put her foot down with her #NoMakeup movement that she hopes will start a revolution.
According to an open letter published on Lena Dunham's feminist website, Lenny, it all started before she began working on her latest album when she wrote a list of things she was sick of. "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," wrote the 15-time Grammy winner.
But it was only when she arrived at a photoshoot fresh from the gym wearing a sweatshirt and a scarf under her baseball cap that her commitment to the #NoMakeup movement was set alight. The photographer insisted on shooting Keys just as she was - with no makeup.
Want to see the gorgeous result? Go to the next page and see!
My personal opinion? She looks better than ever! The experience, Keys recalls, "[was] the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt." Total proof that the way you feel will reflect in the way you look, because she looks beautiful!
Since the image was released, thousands of women have caught onto the #NoMakeup trend. Women have been posting #NoMakeup selfies on social media, and Keys believes it's because the truth that "perfection" isn't beauty resonated with them. "I hope to God it's a revolution," she wrote.
I hope so too! I could definitely do with an extra hour sleep in the morning and skip my usual beauty routine ;)