R’n’B sensation Alicia Keys has a timeless beauty, in that she seems to just not to age – barely changing in her ?? years as a solo artist. But flaunting the fact with a bare face, the singer has launched a movement hashtagged #NoMakeup, and is calling for followers to join her.
Writing in an epic Lenny Letter, the “Falling” star explains;
“To fit in or be thought of as beautiful, you have to cover up to be a bit closer to perfect.
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???
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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.“
Throwing herself in and committing to this #NoMakeup thing, the star has been seen performing and rocking photoshoots sans face beat, but fans are basically divided. Though some love the initiative and find it inspiring, many have been pointing out that if you’ve an ageless face like Alicia’s, sure – #NoMakeup rules, but if you’ve blemishes, wrinkles or just don’t consider yourself to be as pretty then stripping back is a more difficult task.
Others were quick to point out that they felt left out of the campaign, since they love wearing makeup. Some felt they were being ‘shamed’ by Alicia Keys’ comments, as though the star was implying that wearing makeup is negative, posting;
While those on the internet are busying saying “no” to the #NoMakeup campaign though, it’s worth noting that the initiative appears to have sprung from a personal journey the star is on – one she’s been sharing with followers of her social media platforms.
Posting to Snapchat and Instagram, Ms Keys has been discussing the pressures she felt to be ‘perfect’, with her Lenny Letter speaking of her own self esteem being linked to her makeup and the expectation to be seen as ‘perfect’, writing;
“Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem…”
At no point is the “In Common” star suggesting it is ‘wrong’ for others to wear makeup, or talking about other people’s beauty choices, even adding “no disrespect to Maybelline, the word just worked after the maybe.”
But what do you think? Have you read her Lenny Letter?
Tell us what you think to Alicia’s Keys’ #Nomakeup campaign and whether you feel mascara and lipstick affects your self esteem, by tagging us online @SPICETVAFRICA.
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