*Alicia Keys has been promoting her upcoming album with little to no makeup in recent weeks, and the 35-year-old Grammy winner says she’s ditching the cosmetics to make a point.
It all started during a photo shoot for the new as-yet-untitled album. Keys said she walked onto the set, fresh from the gym and wearing a scarf under a baseball cap, when photographer Paola Kudacki got inspired by her minimal look.
“I have to shoot you right now, like this!” Keys said Kudacki told her, according to Page Six excerpts from Keys’ essay at LennyLetter.com. “This music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too.”
“It was the strongest, most empowered, most free, and honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys said. “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!”
Husband Swizz Beatz is a fan of her minimal look. He posted a photo on Instagram from her recent Vanity Fair shoot, saying, “You look 19 without makeup… My fave pic #VanityFair… the fact that this is a new pic.”
“I hope to God it’s a revolution,” Keys added. “‘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.”