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Feminism, Giving Up Makeup & #MeToo! Variety Magazine’s Latest Issue focuses on the Power of Women like Alicia Keys



Grammy Award-winning musician Alicia Keys talks to Variety on Feminism, Giving up makeup and the #MeToo movement as she covers the magazine, barefaced.

Read excerpts from her interview below:

On giving up 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—ing want. I am the creator of my own destiny.

On the media frenzy surrounding the “#nomakeup movement”: Suddenly it was a movement, and I don’t even know what that means. 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.

On the messages the media transmits to young women in the entertainment industry: We’re supposed to be this big, and so tiny, and so skinny. 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. If you go to work without makeup, it’s like, Are you tired? You look tired. And it’s like, I’m not f—ing tired!

On her song ‘Girl on Fire’ – If I never do anything else — if I do nothing else — this has been something. Being a woman, being a girl, is the most awesome thing to be. I personally feel we are the more evolved species. We are the greatest creators on the planet, like, the planet literally would not exist if we weren’t in it. We’re the entire universe, in five feet five inches. One beautiful, elegant, awkward body.

Read the full feature here.


  1. Ada_ugo

    April 12, 2018 at 4:52 am

    “Sometimes, I want some … 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… want. I am the creator of my own destiny.”
    You’re certainly right about one thing – you can do whatever you want. But we wouldn’t be having this conversation about makeup if you didn’t begin a campaign against it yourself… smh

    • Weezy

      April 12, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Trying to stay relevant. The only time we hear of Alicia Keys is when she is talking about no makeup. Her music has not aged well. People dont listen to pure RnB anymore. Its all about neo-soul, or other fusion blends (like Bey or RiRi).

  2. Sam

    April 15, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I dnt get d hate on her……she stopped wearing makeup becos she was tired of wearing makeup, she was tired of the stereotype of with makeup you r beautiful without it you r ugly…..she did not open her mouth ever to say she was starting a #nomakeupmovement, she started coming out without makeup and ppl whom she did not send any message started the movement on her behalf…..I honestly do understand her point of veiw on d makeup issue….its ur face nobody is forcing u to put on makeup or not to put on makeup…..if u like pack 100 layers of foundation on ur face, its ur face and ur choice…..but honestly its more liberating whn u clean all dat off for just one day, let ur skin breath, not caring wat ppl think or say…dats d point she tried to make and she has made dat point clear…..Atleast her courage motivated ppl like me to go out without even talcum powder on my face and i really felt good about myself….! And as for her staying relevant, she did not go to the magazine editor to ask for a spread on their magazine pages, they went to her, so I dnt get d staying relevant part….She has made a mark on the music industry, won numerous awards, she is relevant whether u like it or not.

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